Gartner Research

The Transformation of Mobile Middleware

Published: 14 April 2014

ID: G00258114

Analyst(s): Van Baker


Mobile application development platform vendors try to offer everything to build, test and deploy a mobile app. Specialized vendors have introduced cloud-based alternatives to mobile middleware. Thus, app developers must decide if mobile-back-end-as-a-service offerings can replace MADP middleware.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Emerging cloud mobile back-end services threaten to replace mobile middleware for enterprise mobile app developers
  • Stand-alone mBaaS vendors are creating attractive pricing and consumption models for enterprise developers, while also introducing challenges
  • As mBaaS services mature, the entry of general-purpose middleware and PaaS vendors into the mobile market will expand the options for mobile development leaders and architects, resulting in best-in-class specialized cloud mobile services as opposed to bundles of services

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