MBaaS Player FeedHenry Attracts Attention of Leading Cloud Providers

Charlotte Dunlap
Charlotte Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Open source PaaS offerings look to MBaaS to fulfill their mobile app platform requirements.
  • FeedHenry and other MBaaS providers differentiate from MEAPs by shifting the focus from the building of the app to how apps connect securely to backend systems.

I have been following PaaS providers’ mobile application platform strategies for the past year and have concluded that leading open source PaaS offerings are opting for MBaaS over traditional MEAP.  IBM added the IBM Worklight technology to its PaaS appliance in the spring, and SAP added components of SAP Mobile Platform to the SAP HANA Cloud PaaS platform about the same time.  However, the two leading open source enterprise PaaS offerings in this space – VMware/Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift – seem to be pinning all their mobile app platform hopes on a little-known mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) provider called FeedHenry.  This is a company worth following, because it has aspirations to continue building out its ecosystem to partner with other leading cloud providers, including those that move in non-middleware circles, such as HP. Continue reading “MBaaS Player FeedHenry Attracts Attention of Leading Cloud Providers”

América Móvil’s KPN Interest: Sweep MNC Visions Aside, It’s About the Mobile Subscribers

Brian Washburn
Brian Washburn

Summary Bullets:

  • It is tempting, but probably wrong, to expect América Móvil’s bid for KPN to have a global MNC angle.
  • América Móvil’s track record shows preference for mobile subscribers; KPN’s divesting E-Plus with Telefónica likely spurred the proposed takeover.

Billionaire tycoon Carlos Slim Helú is known for making bold moves with strategic investments.  When Carlos Slim-owned América Móvil increased its investments in KPN and Telekom Austria in 2012 by investing billions of euros, the strategic business synergy seemed obvious. When it comes to serving multinational corporations (MNCs), América Móvil and Telefónica are rivals throughout Latin America.  Both competitors can go cross-border into North America easily enough, to extend services across North America. Continue reading “América Móvil’s KPN Interest: Sweep MNC Visions Aside, It’s About the Mobile Subscribers”