Bridging the Gap – Bringing Enterprise Capabilities to PhoneGap Apps

Published on: September 24, 2013

Bridge The Gap: PhoneGap and Enterprise Mobility

You have probably heard of Adobe PhoneGap, right? PhoneGap, which is based on the Apache Cordova project, gives you the capability to build mobile apps using standard open web-based technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. It then wraps the web content in a native container, creating a hybrid app with native functionality that you can deploy using any standard means (e.g., app store, MDM, etc). It’s probably the closest thing to “build once and deploying anywhere” without using a proprietary solution.

Although HTML5 and hybrid apps have some great benefits for cross-platform development, there are some important gaps when it comes to enterprise functionality.

For instance, what if your app needs to access data that is behind your company’s firewall? What if you need to manage user access and permissions? How do you overcome the data storage limits imposed by each mobile browser? PhoneGap on its own, or any hybrid-wrapping technology for that matter, doesn’t offer much help with these challenges.

That last challenge, data storage limits of the mobile browser, is perhaps the most restrictive for enterprise apps. Common use cases for enterprise mobile apps, like CRM and field services, require large data sets to store customer lists, work order schedules, and product inventories. But in order to do their job effectively, mobile users demand full transactional functionality in their apps, regardless of location or network state. That’s where the need for large data stores, incremental data sync, offline login and transactional integrity come into play. Traditionally, mobile web and hybrid apps have not been able to offer these types of features. Luckily, Verivo Software has introduced a way to help bridge this gap (get it? Gap? PhoneGap?).

The new Akula Cordova SDK is designed to bridge the gap of enterprise capabilities and yes – PhoneGap. Companies can access any back-end system (on-premise or cloud) and enable helpful enterprise features like authentication, single sign-on, authorization rules, added security features, and a centralized control and management of the app. It also tackles the issue of local data storage by employing SQLite databases to overcome these limits in building enterprise-grade apps.

All of this is possible by extending the enterprise-focused Verivo Akula platform to PhoneGap apps through the Akula Cordova SDK, which brings greater control and stronger enterprise-grade features to an app development framework already capable of producing fluid HTML and hybrid apps.

So go ahead, bridge the gap and turn your web app in to a lean, mean enterprise-capable machine!

Want to learn more?
Check out our Webinar On-Demand: 5 Ways to Accelerate your PhoneGap Enterprise Mobile App Development
 

Jonathan Berkey is the video producer at Verivo Software.

2 Comment(s)

  • JRamos says:

    What does Akula mean for AppStudio users?

  • CPWillis says:

    JRamos: Akula is a net-new product, designed to solve slightly different issues for the enterprise. AppStudio is a product designed for companies that don’t have mobile developers (or LOBs that don’t have access to those developers). It allows you to build apps without coding or compiling. It’s quick, easy, and effective. It does, however, have limitations that users with more advanced requirements may run into.

    Akula is designed for a more advanced organization that has mobile app developers and wants to build very specific, rich, transactional apps. Because of it’s open nature, Akula makes anything possible.

    AppStudio is still alive and well, and our AppStudio customers continue to build new apps and update apps the apps they’ve already built. We also continue to uplift AppStudio with regular releases.

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