Tibco Releases Silver Mobile ALM Platform To Developer Community
Tibco’s Silver Mobile appdev lifecycle platform is available this month on the company’s community site. Debuted last fall, Silver Mobile provides a rich mobile ALM to improve how IT develops, deploys and manages enterprise-class apps that need integration, security and fast provisioning. IDN speaks with Tibco’s David Wolpert.
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“With demand for access to more data, we’re seeing that integration really extends the value of mobile apps.”
Tibco’s Silver Mobile appdev lifecycle platform is available this month on the company’s community site. Debuted last fall, Silver Mobile provides a rich mobile ALM to improve how IT develops, deploys and manages enterprise-class apps that need integration, security and fast provisioning.
First debuted at last fall’s Tibco TUCON user conference, Silver Mobile offers IT a full mobile ALM to simplify the development, deployment, and management of enterprise mobile apps.
Tibco’s Silver Mobile is available for download off of TIBCOmmunity
Silver Mobile’s approach to a mobile ALM platform was designed with enterprise-class mobility in mind, to help IT tackle the tough issues of multiple backend integrations, tight security and fast provisioning across multiple devices, Tibco’s Silver Mobile product marketing manager, David Wolpert, told IDN.
“Tibco’s Silver Mobile platform lets enterprises extend their existing business applications and processes to mobile users, on the device of their choosing,” Wolpert said.
When enterprise IT first started with mobile apps, Wolpert said those programs likely started with consumer-facing apps or simple, standalone apps for a department. But, Wolpert said, that’s changed big time.
“Today, companies want more and more ways to offer secure access to all sorts of data and other resources,” Wolpert said. “In fact, I can’t think of a company that is telling us they want their mobile apps to access less data,” he jokingly added.
Silver Mobile provides a range of data access options to let IT easily build and deploy enterprise-class mobile apps that can retrieve and update data to and from multiple applications and databases. It also supports data-driven dashboards and real-time data updates and even helps mobile users chat with fellow workers or the boss, Wolpert added.
“With demand for access to more data, we’re seeing that integration really extends the value of mobile apps,” Wolpert said. “Tibco’s expertise in enterprise integration lets us simplify integration and keep costs low for mobile projects.”
Notable features of Tibco’s Silver Mobile include:
- Simple client interface to let devs create, deploy and manage mobile apps
- A “write-once” appdev approach lets IT develop an application once and have it run across multiple mobile devices, including Android or iOS smartphones and tablets
- Provides real-time access to multiple backend data sources and supports integration across multiple channels
- Rapid provisioning and updating via a secure enterprise app store
- Security through access to enterprise security services
Tibco’s Take on Enterprise Mobility
Leverages a Variety of Enterprise Resources
For mobile operations – provisioning, integration, security and management – Silver Mobile leverages Tibco’s long history supporting enterprise-class integrations with messaging, SOA, ESBs and more, Wolpert told IDN.
“Many customers ask about ways to do more and faster integration of their mobile apps with backend systems, such as their loyalty systems, sales or HR apps or even their LDAP [security],” Wolpert told IDN. “One of the funny things about that is that developers coming at it from the client [mobile device] side see all these integrations as multiple requests. The key to simplicity is to realize that integration for mobile should leverage enterprise integration. So, as we say, ‘integration is integration.’”
Silver Mobile’s attention to integration helps tackle another growing customer request – better data capture. “More and more, customers tell us they want apps where they can enter new data and share it with backend systems,” Wolpert said. One example comes from retail, where field workers checking on signage or shelf displays need to fill out reports or document displays, he said.
“So, it’s basically a QA app, and they don’t have the time to re-enter data at a desktop or laptop,” Wolpert said. But sending the data means getting in into a form the backend system will understand, so Tibco’s Silver Mobile works with Tibco’s Formvine dynamic forms builder and real-time data capture solution to support mobile-ready forms and data capture/uploads from mobile workers.
For security, Silver Mobile leverages LDAP, Active Directory or other security technologies. Silver Mobile also provides IT a portal view where it can manage lists of users and permissions for Silver Mobile apps. “This lets admins easily pick and choose what apps can be accessed by which users and what files they can access,” Wolpert said. This can be done by user, group and it can even change based on the geo-location of the device, he added.
For fast deployment, Silver Mobile has super-charged the enterprise app store. “A [enterprise] mobile app store shouldn’t just be a directory. It should be able to support fast and secure provisioning of apps to users,” Wolpert said. “Because you don’t need to go through iTunes or some other marketplace to get apps, we can make it much simpler to deploy. With Silver Mobile, when a user hits the update button on his app, we check that the user is still entitled to that app and then update it,” he said.
Silver Mobile can also “push” mobile app updates or send alerts when new versions are available from the app store, he added.
Wolpert explained Tibco’s write-once, run across multiple devices this way: To get all the native phone capabilities, such as camera and so on, each device has a software client. “Think of the client as a shell. The phone uses the shell to connect to the native functionality and to the Silver Mobile app. So, IT gets to write an app once and still deliver native functionality to many devices just by connecting to the shell, IT can manage these apps through the Silver Mobile platform.”
Silver Mobile offers several “example apps” to show devs how they can build write-once apps that can still access native device hooks that operate cameras, GPS and so on. In fact, Tibco created one example app to make it easy for devs to simply cut and paste code into their apps. “Devs can take code from our ‘Device Example’ and plug it right into the app they are building,” Wolpert said.