Connecting mobile apps to the hybrid cloud
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This blog post is contributed by Megan Irvine, WebSphere Education Course Deve
Cloud and mobile technologies go hand in hand. Together they provide new capabilities quickly and reach the maximum number of users and markets. No wonder IBM Mobile Foundation includes both IBM Worklight—a mobile enterprise application platform—and IBM Cast Iron—a cloud integration solution—to create mobile apps that can connect to a private cloud, public cloud or on-premises application. To me, that seems pretty amazing. With these capabilities, the Worklight mobile app knows no boundaries. Imagine the possibilities!
With IBM Mobile Foundation, you can create mobile apps that:
For example, you can integrate a mobile app to access a customer relationship management (CRM) system. A major concern of any CRM customer is synchronizing all of their sales data across the enterprise (and cloud). Lists of customers, leads, products, pricing and so on might be stored in a variety of systems, on cloud or on premises. The problem with this type of environment is that data can be redundant and inconsistent between different resources.
Cast Iron takes a “configuration, not coding” approach to this issue, where you create orchestrations to migrate, consolidate and integrate data from different resources. It’s as easy as “connecting the dots.” Cast Iron provides a user-friendly graphical interface, Cast Iron Studio, where you build orchestrations by dragging and dropping icons onto a workspace.
You determine the endpoints, types of data involved and actions to perform. You can consolidate and integrate data between systems to provide a consistent near real-time view. After creating these orchestrations, you can connect to them from a mobile app by using Worklight adapter capabilities. Worklight adapters run on the server side to provide access to your enterprise systems. With IBM Worklight, you can create mobile apps that connect to databases, web services and other applications, on the back end.
In this case, you use an adapter to call the Cast Iron orchestrations. On the client side, you design the views and the navigation flow of your mobile app by using the graphical editor in Worklight Studio. You can also optimize your application for different platforms: iOS and Android.
A detailed article on how to build a mobile app that integrates SalesForce.com data by using IBM Worklight and IBM WebSphere Cast Iron can be found here on developerWorks.com. SalesForce.com is a major cloud-based CRM system.
By using a similar approach, you can also:
With IBM Mobile Foundation, you can empower your employees with mobile apps that provide a consistent view of your data, no matter where it resides, in near real time.
Megan Irvine is a WebSphere Education Course Deve