Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) Blog best-practices

Video Case Study: Schneider Electric’s Digital Innovation Platform

Monday Apr 6, 2015

webinarWe recently visited the Schneider Electric US headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts, to talk digital innovation with Mahesh Balasubramanian. Mahesh is a Senior Global Architect at Schneider, and was tasked with coming up with a platform strategy to allow Schnieder’s various business lines to build consistent looking mobile apps faster and less expensively.

50 Shades of Grey’s Big, Beautiful Backend

Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

apple-securityOn July 21 of last year, to coincide with the release of the first official 50 Shades of Grey trailer, NBCUniversal launched a cross-platform app called The Internship Program. The app, designed by agency Stradella Road and backed by Kinvey, was an instant success, contributing to record box office sales numbers. Learn more about the app, and download the full case study, in this blog post.

Gartner is right. Enterprises need Bimodal IT (a.k.a 2-Speed IT)

Thursday Feb 5, 2015

2-speed ITAccording to Gartner, “Bimodal IT is getting a lot of focus as CIOs and IT leaders strive to build IT organizations capable of responding to the threats and opportunities of the digital economy.” We agree — here’s why.

8 Awesome Apps for Enterprise Productivity

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

productivity appsMobile apps are invading the enterprise. Just a few years ago, your app experiences on your iPhone or iPad were limited to email, Angry Birds, and maybe a light note-taking app or two. These days, I know of many people who effectively run their entire business from a mobile device. The thing is, a lot of people simply don’t know that these sorts of apps exist. To change that, I’ve created a list of 8 of my favorites.

How and Why an Enterprise IT Migrated from FeedHenry to Kinvey

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

My VMware migrationOn Monday we announced that one enterprise IT organization is now using Kinvey as the backend for its mobile apps. What we didn’t talk about in that post is why they switched to Kinvey – the apps previously ran on FeedHenry, another “BaaS” provider (more on why BaaS is in quotes later) – and how they managed the migration. So let’s take a look at the Why and the How.

Partner Embarcadero Extends Kinvey for C++ Developers

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

EmbarcaderoHere at Kinvey, we focus a lot on providing the most robust backend as a service platform on the market. But front-end visualization and IDE’s are an important part of the developer’s experience building an application, too. That’s where partners like Embarcadero come in. Over the past six months, Embarcadero has been hard at work incorporating BaaS components into their offerings – and the result is fantastic.

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?

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.

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.

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.