Mobile backend as a Service (MBaaS) – Why do we need it?

Today we live in a society that is dominated by mobile devices and is shaping the way people interact with the world around them. Mobility is creating new challenges for enterprises while opening new doors to engage with employees and customers. In 2014, mobile phones outnumbered people. If we add tablets and the growing number of smart wearable’s to the number, it becomes obvious why business are struggling to develop applications to meet the growing demand of their employees and customers. People are interacting with applications like never before, accessing them via web, desktop, tablet, smartphones and smart watches and creating engaging user experiences across hundreds of different devices is no easy task.

MBaaS significantly reduces the amount of time and energy required to launch enterprise mobile initiatives by simplifying the process of backend integration. With MBaaS, developers can easily connect to multiple data sources and focus more on front-end creativity, giving them a flexibility that allows for true innovation. Also known as Mobile Backend as a Service, BaaS or MBaaS, Backend as a Service is a way for developers to link to back-end cloud-based storage, most often for push notifications, data storage, file storage, messaging queues, monitoring and configuration, and social integration. BaaS as an alternative to traditional development, bringing more services to your customers in a quick mobile format.

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Key Considerations

  • Enterprise Integration – Mobile strategy requires you to develop “composite” apps that are connected to several existing IT systems, databases and other enterprise applications.
  • Push Notifications – Also there are needs to augment the apps with service capabilities such as Push Notifications, SMS, or perhaps trigger a custom web service, MBaaS platform should provide a powerful extension framework that can optionally be added to your app and configured for multi-channel notifications.
  • Social Integration – A platform to integrate with Social communication channels like Twitter, Google and LinkedIn.
  • Mobile Analytics – Mobile analytics to provide an insights app performance metrics and everything your users are doing. It helps track your user behavior campaigns and tie them back to analytics to maximize ROI.
  • Management – A mobile administrator to provide a way to manage and administer the mobile apps. It focusses on which focus on device activation, enrollment and provisioning, mobile application managers focus on software delivery, licensing, configuration, maintenance, usage tracking and policy enforcement.
  • Mobile Security – It is a must have requirement these days considering the enterprise data and apps gets used. You need a way to leverage the same identity of the employee on the provision identity of the user on the mobile app platform. MBaaS platform should allow the way to control and protect the identity of users and mobile devices, apps, and data, locate the devices in case if it’s stolen. It also provides the capability to wipe the secure data / apps in case of theft.

Business Benefits

  • Faster time to Market
  • Better Analytics to adoption
  • Better Reusability
  • Scalable Platform
  • Connectivity to any backend or SaaS systems
  • Better Customer / Employee satisfaction
  • Lower TCO

 

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)

MCS significantly reduces the amount of time and energy required to launch enterprise mobile initiatives by simplifying the process of backend integration. With MCS, developers can easily connect to multiple data sources and focus more on front-end creativity, giving them a flexibility that allows for true innovation. It provides a strong API backend, which unifies many of the development steps that you would typically repeat for various OS and mobile devices, with one block of functionality to remodel on top of.

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Sofbang recommends the use of Oracle MCS as a MBaaS platform to meet the needs for a scalable platform with the approach to have Integrated and secure mobile apps. MBaaS, Backend as a Service is a way for developers to link to back-end cloud-based storage, push notifications, file storage, messaging queues, monitoring and configuration, and social integration. MBaaS as an alternative to traditional development, bringing more services to your customers in a quick mobile format. Also it gives the developers a chance to link their software and application to cloud-based storage, making it easier to link up with software development kits and APIs

Another reason for choosing MBaaS is because building your own mobile interface takes time and resources, as processes need to be duplicated and then customized across various mobile providers. With a consolidated MBaaS, you can rapidly build on top, regardless of the operating system you’re connecting to. It’s part of the API-first movement that allows everything from website to mobile apps to be built more quickly on top of an API.

As an Architect, I love the MBaaS approach because eliminates redundant stack setup and boilerplate repeat code, and everything is in one place.

Vivek Ahuja

Vivek Ahuja, Enterprise Architect - Vivek Ahuja is an enterprise architect with over 10 years of Professional experience in IT industry. Has strong experience in enterprise architecture, design, analysis and development expertise in service of client large and small, public and private. Vivek’s current technical focus is in the areas of architecting and managing solutions with service oriented architecture concepts using Oracle fusion middleware technologies. He is specialized in Oracle App Grid and SOA Suite 11g products. When not working, Vivek likes to spend time with his family, cooking and play games like Chess.

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