Essential Guide

Essential guide to mobile application platforms

Computer Weekly’s essential guide to mobile application platforms examines the issues surrounding mobile applications and the platforms emerging to help developers.


Mobile apps have come to dominate the experience of consumer smartphone users, and that trend is increasingly influencing corporate software development too. Employees on the move want to access key business applications on mobile devices and IT teams have to create apps to allow them to do so. But the demands of mobile apps bring new challenges around architecture, agility and integration. In this guide, we examine the issues around mobile applications and the platforms emerging to help developers

Essential guide to mobile application platforms (PDF)

1Platforms and tools-

Mobile app platforms and tools

How do you choose the right platform for your needs?

Blog Post

How mature is mobile development?

"There are two types of companies out there: those who use mobile appropriately and those who are still scratching their heads." - Matthew David, Senior Manager of Mobile Management at ... Continue Reading


Exploit IoT cloud services with mobile apps

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a strategic business imperative. Now, businesses must manage the big data that IoT devices generate. Kurt Marko explains how IoT cloud services are a natural fit. Continue Reading


How MADPs can help enterprises build mobile apps

Even if your organization has developers on staff, app dev is challenging. MADPs can help enterprises build and deploy the mobile apps their employees want and need. Continue Reading


Building apps in one place with MADPs

Developing mobile apps can be costly. MADPs ease the burden by giving developers everything they need to build apps in one place. Continue Reading


The downsides of MADPs

MADPs offer reusable code and cross-platform capabilities to make app building easy, but there are some downsides like vendor lock-in and limitations because of OS standards. Continue Reading


Designing mobile apps: What you need to know

Tom Nolle examines the essential facts mobile app developers need to know about designing mobile apps, the tools used, and more. Continue Reading


Looking at the future of mobile backend as a service

As much as organizations are realizing the value of mobile backend as a service, there are still unanswered questions. Continue Reading


What EA learned about building successful mobile app infrastructure

Find out what Electronic Arts learned from a failed effort and one successful strategy for deploying cloud infrastructure for mobile apps. Continue Reading

2MBaaS tools-

Mobile back-end as a service

Many businesses are turning to mobile back-end-as-a-service (MBaaS) tools to better manage their portfolio of applications


The state of mobile back-end as a service

Common mobile application services are increasingly being hosted on central back-end servers – but what does that mean for the enterprise? Continue Reading


MBaaS platforms let developers reduce, reuse and recycle code

Mobile backend as a service technology helps developers easily build common features into their apps Continue Reading


Oracle, Red Hat jump on the mobile bandwagon with MBaaS

Oracle and Red Hat have both introduced mobile back-end services to gain new customers for their other cloud services Continue Reading


Cloud MBaaS and open source MBaaS: What's the difference?

OpenMobster's CEO Sohil Shah discusses the characteristics of cloud MBaaS and open source MBaaS Continue Reading


Mobile back-end as a service: What developers need to know

Mobility is on the rise, and organisations need to determine how they will keep pace with new technologies. This Q&A takes a look at mobile back-end as a service Continue Reading

3Apps for business-

Developing mobile apps for business

What are the key considerations when developing mobile apps for business?


Challenges of developing applications for mobile platforms

This podcast explores developing applications and the challenges for independent app developers across various mobile platforms Continue Reading


Strategies for developing business mobile apps

Everyone wants mobile applications that improve productivity in the enterprise. Here's what you need to think about before developing business mobile apps. Continue Reading


Enterprise mobile app development: No easy answers

Enterprise mobile app development tools are proliferating but far from mature, say CIOs and analysts -- and forget about a single platform that can do it all. Continue Reading


Mobile app development process: Saving time, money

Learn about one approach to mobile app development that cuts the amount of resources that go into expensive software development and testing Continue Reading


Nationwide automates web and mobile testing with TestPlant

Nationwide has deployed TestPlant as its testing platform for the development of mobile and web browser applications Continue Reading

4Security, cloud and more-

Other questions to consider

What other areas are important to think about when selecting mobile app tools?


What you need to know about Windows mobile app development

There are pros and cons to embarking on Windows mobile app development. Find out if developing natively in Windows is right for your company Continue Reading


Lack of cloud confidence curbs mobile apps development

Businesses may want to create more mobile apps, but their ability to deploy them is being limited by poor cloud skills Continue Reading


Three steps to better mobile app security

Three steps to better mobile app security Better mobile app security in the enterprise starts with a few steps – protect data confidentiality, integrity and access Continue Reading


Study finds lack of investment in mobile app security

The Ponemon Institute says enterprises are devoting millions of dollars to mobile application development, but barely any of the money is focused on security Continue Reading