MBaaS takes mobile cloud computing to the next level

By Chris Nerney

As mobile cloud computing becomes the enterprise norm, IT professionals and developers face formidable integration challenges in order to ensure mobile enterprise applications can easily and securely access both cloud-based and legacy infrastructure components.

Enter mobile backend as a service (MBaaS), which is joining other “aaS” cloud-based computing models such as platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) to deliver unprecedented flexibility and scalability to enterprises while simplifying IT management and saving money.

A Stronger Model Across the Board

MBaaS provides developers with tools such as unified APIs and software developer kits (SDKs) that bundle backend services such as push notifications, data storage, identity management, analytics, geolocation, mobile transactions and others onto a cloud-based infrastructure. This offers a number of benefits. First, it shortens the mobile development cycle by eliminating laborious backend integration tasks — the bulk of a mobile developer’s job. So not only can developers using the MBaaS model create more mobile apps, they can iterate them and fine-tune frontend design in response to user needs.

Further, the MBaaS model enables tighter security across the entire network. By consolidating services on the back end, MBaaS eliminates the need to transmit data to each individual mobile app. As IT professionals know, each point of entry into the network is a potential vulnerability.

Addressing Niche Needs

While this level of security is important for any enterprise, it is absolutely essential for organizations responsible for handling important personal data such as health and financial records. Health care organizations and banks attempting to leverage mobile technology to enable transactions and share data with customers or other service providers face numerous regulatory and internal compliance requirements for securing data. MBaaS helps guard against data breaches by reducing data transmission to and from mobile apps to a single endpoint connected to the cloud.

As you might imagine, the benefits of MBaaS extend far beyond accelerating mobile app development and establishing a strong security framework. For users, MBaaS delivers on the promise of providing a quality mobile experience in which backend services are accessible when they are needed, thus making employees more productive and customers more satisfied.

Reducing Complexity

For IT, shifting infrastructure components to a cloud environment reduces network complexity. It simplifies management and allows administrators and other IT personnel to focus less on maintenance and monitoring, and more on high-value, strategic projects. In cases where infrastructure components can’t be or are not pushed to the cloud, MBaaS ensures that mobile apps can securely and quickly access these services.

MBaaS also pays off in another way: By minimizing IT infrastructure complexity, enterprises can reduce hardware, operational, development and maintenance expenses. That’s a compelling argument for CIOs, CFOs and other C-suite decision makers who are considering mobile cloud computing.

Mobile technology can confer to enterprises unprecedented levels of flexibility, agility, scalability and productivity. However, without the tools to securely integrate mobile applications with legacy systems and cloud deployments, enterprises will struggle to fully realize those competitive and operational benefits. MBaaS is emerging as a powerful development and computing model that makes “mobile-first” a reality for enterprises.

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Chris Nerney

Freelance Writer

Chris Nerney writes about enterprise technology, healthcare finance and IT, and science for a number of websites and enterprises. Chris has written extensively about big data and analytics, mobile technology, cloud computing, the healthcare revenue cycle, value-based care, data centers,…

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