Embarcadero Sets Strategy for Building Connected Apps for IoT
Meanwhile, a new Bluetooth and WiFi app-tethering system enables developers to instantly connect disparate devices via Bluetooth and WiFi app tethering, enabling app connected solutions that span the thousands of consumer and industrial gadgets, devices, PCs and sensors available today. And Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS) support connectivity with backend enterprise data and APIs needed for building connected apps for the Internet of things. As a turnkey mobile middleware solution, EMS can be deployed on-premise or into a private cloud, and provides user authentication and analytics. And with the Sept. 8 launch of the latest release of Appmethod, Embarcadero's new technologies for enabling the development of connected apps are available now. Embarcadero has long provided technologies and tools that enable developers to build apps natively for all major mobile and desktop platforms using the same source code across all devices. Additionally, Embarcadero has delivered app-tethering technology to quickly connect, share data and drive actions between apps and devices. The company has also delivered its hallmark enterprise and embedded data access technology for local, middleware and server-side databases across all of these platforms. While these solutions, together, have represented a revolution in modern application design, Embarcadero's IoT strategy and its most recent product releases represent a convergence, the company said.Moreover, Embarcadero fielded an online survey of developers in August to better understand how IoT is affecting their area of focus, as well as their short- and long-term application development plans. Of the 920 respondents, 31 percent said they are already working on IoT apps, and 86 percent of those not yet engaged in IoT are planning to begin connected app development starting in the next 18 months. Another 68 percent said they plan on spending at least the same or more time on developing apps for IoT within the next year. In addition, 79 percent of respondents said it is important to have multi-device and IoT platform development tools, yet security (44 percent), privacy (31 percent) and authentication/authorization (27 percent) are the biggest challenges when creating apps for IoT. Regarding platform, those currently or planning to develop apps for IoT ranked the Android platform (87 percent) as the most important, the Embarcadero study found.
"The Internet of things will advance the utility and productivity of software for consumers, enterprises and industries," Swindell said. "Its gadgets and sensors are today's new key UX [user experience] elements that can extend the user experience beyond the screen while leveraging data from multiple endpoints. The next big challenge and opportunity for developers will be building the apps that power the Internet of things."