Enterprises often face lots of issues when mobile application development is involved. Integration is one of the largest pains development of both native and cross-platform mobile enterprise apps faces. Just think about it: solutions to integration issues take 50-70% from the entire time required for development. But may this be avoided?
We live in a world where everything tends to have the ‘As-a-service’ added to its name. So what may Backend-as-a-service offer businesses? MDAP or Mobile App Development Platform has existed for some time now and offers great integration solutions, but it tends to be expensive, whilst Backend, when ‘a-a-S’ is added may become the ultimate choice as a cross-platform development tool (set of tools).
Integration solutions as well as user authorization and security advances are offered by B-a-a-S. This approach allows developers to add their preferred cross-platform tools to create integrated applications that are operational on all kinds of devices. So, literally, Backend is removed from the equation allowing deeper focus on other vital factors. Whenever there is a need for integration devs will call upon B-a-a-S and move forward to other tasks.
This would work flawlessly in a perfect world
But, unfortunately, we do not live in one meaning this process is not perfect. Yes B-a-a-S is great for integration… with cloud systems, while on-premise enterprise apps remain a colossal pain. Plus, most enterprise applications simply do not have appropriate API’s fit for integration or are customized. This means enhancements are required.
One more pitfall is that you will have to purchase the minimum of 2 toolsets, the one used for cross-platform development and the B-a-a-S. So you have two teams, who require maintenance and so on and so forth.
Is it worth it?
Beats me! Every single project is unique and requires a special touch. B-a-a-S may be perfect for your current project and will be only a distraction or even a process causing more issues that results delivered in the next one. But now you are aware of its strong sides and potential dangers meaning the choice you will make will be easier.