HP Delivers New Software for Mobile App Developers

HP's new mobile application development software taps the company's big data analytics expertise.

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HP rolled out new software releases, including HP AppPulse Mobile, designed to help organizations more easily deliver high-quality mobile applications.

The innovations harness HP's existing assets in big data analytics, application lifecycle management, IT operations management and security to enable organizations to accelerate the delivery of every phase of the mobile app lifecycle, from creation and pre-production, to delivery and post-production management.

Indeed, HP's latest software releases are designed to address the challenges of mobile application development across the development lifecycle by combining its tools for application development testing, monitoring and systems management with HP Haven analytics, HP security software and elegant SaaS-based interfaces. Together, these capabilities result in solutions that help make designing, delivering and managing mobile applications an intuitive, collaborative process. Businesses can use HP's solutions to accelerate application delivery and to test and monitor apps across multiple devices and operating systems, the company said.

"HP allows us to take big data and make it actionable, so we can deliver exceptional user experiences on our mobile speech translator app," Yan Auerbach, chief operating officer at SpeechTrans, a speech translation company, said in a statement. "Previously, it took us up to three weeks to fix an app issue, and now we can address any problem in less than two days. Leveraging HP software has enabled us to achieve consistent five-star ratings in mobile app stores—a key driver of new customers and revenue."

HP AppPulse Mobile is a new offering that uses the HP Haven big data platform to enable businesses to gain visibility into the health of their mobile apps and measure overall user experience. HP AppPulse Mobile constantly monitors and analyzes performance, stability and resource use on mobile apps. The tool provides what HP refers to as a "FunDex" score that provides a top-level view of problems that negatively impact the user experience with recommendations to explore and fix the root cause of each issue.

In addition, HP has released a new version of its Agile project management software to assist mobile teams in adopting Agile practices and delivering high-quality mobile applications faster. A new version of HP Agile Manager supports real-time integration with HP's Application Lifecycle Management software so that no matter how fast Agile teams deliver, they can have data-driven insights that facilitate quality assurance with each release. HP has also released an enhanced version of Application Lifecycle Management that simplifies the task of defect and test management across mobile dev and test teams and extends support across a wide array of browsers and platforms.

"As businesses get serious about their mobile application strategy, they realize that point solutions fall short in helping them to quickly create and deliver amazing mobile experiences that are secure, high-performing and beautiful," Robert Youngjohns, executive vice president and general manager of HP Software, said in a statement. "HP is uniquely positioned to lead in the mobile market by bringing together our proven assets in application development, operations management, security and big data to help businesses deliver winning mobile apps that delight customers and positively impact their brand, revenue and market share."

HP also has delivered new updates to its mobile testing software designed to help customers automate realistic performance and functional testing and manage their mobile test lab to accommodate for network behavior. The new version of HP Mobile Center speeds and simplifies app testing on real devices supporting both native iOS, Android and hybrid applications, including common JavaScript frameworks such as JQM, Angular and Sencha, and adds support for seven different languages—English, French German, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

There also is a new version of HP Network Virtualization with an enhanced user interface and updated performance optimization capabilities to enable app development teams to incorporate real mobile network conditions in development and testing. And a new version of HP Service Virtualization provides support for popular protocols such as WebSphere MQ and SAP RFC/IDOC.

Moreover, HP updated its performance engineering solutions to help teams continuously scale mobile apps in the face of peak user loads and to maintain availability and responsiveness. New releases of the company's HP LoadRunner and HP Performance Center are now integrated with HP Mobile Center, giving mobile QA and development teams continual access to real devices in their performance test scenarios.

Also, new updates to HP's cloud-based load-testing service, HP StormRunner Load, improves performance analytics, extends international geographic coverage to create local load and supports additional native languages—adding both Chinese and Japanese. HP StormRunner Load's intuitive user interface makes it easy to scale both Web and mobile load tests to over one million virtual users.

To help deliver secure mobile applications, HP provides application development and testing that infuses security into coding and testing processes. The new releases of HP Application Lifecycle Management solutions are integrated with the HP Fortify application security suite, which is designed to assess and test security at every step of the application development lifecycle, and is continually updated.