Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) Blog

BaaS is More Than Push Notifications, an API Gateway, and Access to Data: Why Pivotal Falls Short

Thursday Aug 21, 2014

Anatomy of an appI’m not surprised that yesterday Pivotal announced a short list of disparate components and made it look like they have a mobile service, a la Backend as a Service. If you cobble together solutions for all three and want to shout from the rooftops that you have a BaaS, no one’s stopping you. But some key components are notably absent from these “MBaaS” offerings launched by the traditional cloud infrastructure vendors. Continue reading

The Enterprise Mobility Maturity Model: Where Are You on the Curve?

Thursday Aug 7, 2014

BeaconsBuilding mobile apps is difficult. Mobility is a fundamentally different language than the one spoken by yesterday’s desktop and web apps – new contextual information, a rapid pace of change, and entirely new development models contribute to increased complexity. Where is your business on the maturity curve? Continue reading

Mobile UI vs UX: Knowing the difference can save your strategy

Friday Aug 1, 2014

UI vs UX

The demand for UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) designers has risen sharply over the past few years – directly related to the need for superiority and differentiation in a mobile app marketplace that continues to get more crowded.

While it’s clear that businesses see the importance of investing in their products’ UI and UX, what isn’t always clear is the line between the two. Continue reading

Infographic: Beacons are the Next Wave of App Innovation

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

BeaconsWe believe that beacon technology will drive the next wave of app innovation, delivering even greater engagement and value, creating new streams of revenue, and enhancing business processes and productivity. However, not all beacon devices are created equal. App developers need to be aware of this, but also need to understand the other challenges they’ll face as they work to incorporate beacons into their apps. We created an infographic to illustrate this journey. Continue reading

AWS Launches Mobile Services: Mobile is a Key Driver to Cloud Adoption

Thursday Jul 10, 2014

Welcome AWSWith AWS’s announcement of their mobile services today, I’d like to formally welcome Amazon to the Backend as a service (MBaaS) neighborhood. Through AWS’s partnership conversations with us over the years, they have seen how MBaaS companies have built platforms on AWS and took notice of the customer adoption we have achieved over the last 3+ years. They’ve likely learned a lot from us. Now, they are attempting to take their learnings and capitalize on them to expand their business into a market that is clearly growing. Continue reading

Mobile Identity for the Enterprise: Kinvey Launches Mobile Identity Connect

Wednesday Jul 2, 2014

SecurityToday, Kinvey launches Mobile Identity Connect, a service that seamlessly secures mobile, tablet, and responsive Web apps with any enterprise identity system. By providing a bridge for apps to leverage enterprise identity in a secure fashion, Mobile Identity Connect enables existing IT infrastructure investment to provide authentication for mobile. Continue reading

Google is Stepping Up Their Enterprise Game: Notes From Google I/O, Day 1

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

IO14I’m lucky enough to be at Google I/O this year and thought I’d share my thoughts on yesterday’s keynote. We think Google’s enterprise focus is great news at Kinvey – as businesses look to launch cross-platform mobility projects, some of these enterprise-grade features will be very welcome. Continue reading

SQL vs NoSQL: Structure in a Schemaless World

Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

SwiftYour data is important. There’s no question about that. But the real value isn’t apparent until your data is presented and organized. SQL and NoSQL databases take different approaches to this, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Let’s take a look at how Kinvey handles structure in a schemaless world. Continue reading

WWDC Recap: Apple’s New OS Means Even Better Apps

Monday Jun 9, 2014

SwiftSo Apple’s WWDC is over. I had an exhausting week of meeting great engineers from all over the world, nerding out on Swift, and trying out the new SDKs and APIs. This conference generated a lot of work to keep me busy over the next few months. Continue reading

Swift vs. Objective-C: What Does it Mean for Kinvey and Our Customers?

Thursday Jun 5, 2014

SwiftThe biggest and most palpable WWDC announcement has been the introduction of the new language, Swift. In fact this new language has pretty much overshadowed the ton of new features added to iOS, OSX and XCode. But what does Swift mean for Kinvey? Let’s find out. Continue reading