What is MBaaS?
Mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) enables you to quickly integrate your mobile apps with data and functions in security-rich, backend, cloud storage. MBaaS is usually delivered through a set of custom software development kits (SDKs) and application programming interfaces (APIs). MBaaS can offer you full data synchronization, user management, push notifications, integration with social networking services, and file-handling – before you even begin to create a user interface.
To deliver an even richer user experience, you can leverage MBaaS to incorporate specific capabilities such as location services and content management – as well as the ability to run business logic and collect app performance analytics. Your apps can be continuously improved when you learn how your customers are using them – helping ensure that you are fixing the right problems and optimising the right actions. You can release new versions often, making your apps better, both in performance, and with enriched content using cognitive, content, and location services.
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Time and cost savings: Each of the often-used services – push notifications, data storage, security, and integration with back-end and cloud services – could have its own API that must be individually incorporated into an app. This process can be time-consuming. MBaaS provides a bridge between your frontend application and backend resources, via a unified API and SDK. Development resources and expenses are saved by minimizing the time invested in building infrastructural elements, and then the scaling is handled for you.
Focus on app design and development and have the service handle infrastructural elements:
- Access backends either in your enterprise or on cloud.
- Authenticate and authorize users.
- Address users with push notifications.
- Manage the state and data of your app on the cloud – offloading business logic that cannot be done on the device to the server-side. Stand up and manage servers.
- Write complex integrations to perform these functions.
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Make sure that the MBaaS you select supports your preferred mobile development environment and provides full functionality.
- Do you need to run your backends on Node.js, Rails, Swift, or something else? Need to support legacy or updated BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, or Unity client?
- Does the MBaaS meet your security and integration requirements to existing data sources and the integration available from those services?
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The mobile services on Bluemix are designed for building and enhancing multiplatform, enterprise-grade apps that can be native or hybrid – for Android, iOS, and Windows. Here's how you can simplify integration of multiplatform apps in your enterprise.
Gather unprecedented insights from user experiences: Get feedback every step of the way with user playback. Continuously improve apps with analytics on realtime performance.
Keep your apps in a security-rich environment: Identify security issues before your users do. Manage user access. Help secure communications with enterprise systems.
Scale and sync data: Keep data synced across all your devices and take data offline. No need to optimize the database. It just works.