As part of our efforts to continuously improve our product, we’ve been developing new features to make the lives of Kinvey developers and administrators easier. Recently, we heard from some customers that they needed a simple way to migrate changes back and forth between different Kinvey environements within an application, and to create new clones of existing environments.
Securely connecting mobile apps to enterprise credentials has traditionally been difficult, given the multiple methods of authentication used across systems. Recently we’ve seen a trend towards enabling Single Sign-on (SSO) for enterprise apps to get around this issue, providing a seamless authentication experience for users. But SSO is usually handled via SAML, a skill set that few mobile developers are strong in.
We’re extremely excited to announce that Kinvey has been granted patent #9047308 for “Methods and apparatus for providing unified access to various data resources using virtualized services.” In other words, Kinvey now holds a patent for the providing unified access to various data resources using virtualized services. If that sounds a bit like the core value of mBaaS, that’s because it is! Have a look at the shiny plaque we received to commemorate this huge achievement:
We 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 Schneider’s various business lines to build consistent looking mobile apps faster and less expensively.
Kinvey is a key piece of Schneider Electric’s Digital Innovation Platform, and we’re excited to be helping Schneider create innovative mobile experiences for its customers and employees. Check out the video for the full story:
If you’d like to learn more, you can download the full Schneider Electric case study here.
Over the last few months, we’ve been working on enhancing Kinvey with new capabilities to help enterprises handle the complexity of managing and launching the lifecycle of their apps. In the new digital world, app development, specifically the processes of development collaboration and of managing different app versions, is extremely complex for enterprises because:
- App dev teams are comprised of both internal front-end and backend developers, plus developers from external SIs and agencies,
- Apps are being built for a complex matrix of OSes and device-types, so an app now lives across experiences instead of just one form factor, and
- The lifecycle is governed by different enterprise policies — while connections to backend systems take longer and have to be signed off by IT, front-end development happens with fast & agile processes with many iterations (we call this “2-speed IT”)
We’ve found that this is a huge pain for managing the enterprise development lifecycle, and so we’re excited to be launching this set of new features to make it easy for enterprises to handle their app’s “Digital Lifecycle Management,” or DLM.
DLM accomplishes two things. First, it allows enterprises to clone multiple versions of an app environment quickly, and then easily migrate different changes in each environment back and forth. So, for example, front-end developers can quickly add, test, and deploy new features, while backend engineers work separately on integrating the enterprise’s own systems (hence “2-speed IT”).
Second, DLM enables a truly collaborative development process, where administrators can manage developers’ access to different test, staging, and production environments regardless of where and for whom the developer works. In other words, even globally distributed enterprises with multiple internal and external development teams can be truly collaborative.
The full press release is available here.
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