- There is a growing trend among MEAP players to include management options to support complex development/testing and collaboration.
- HP ALM 12 now supports HP Anywhere mobile app platform management.
There is a growing trend among mobile enterprise app platform (MEAP) providers to build out their platforms with management capabilities or partnerships to include mobile application management (MAM) and application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities. This consolidation is largely driven by the fact that mobile app projects are no longer siloed, but built on composite applications based on complex architectural foundations. They require interconnectivity points within the application to support collaboration between those involved in design/development of apps, as well as the ability to conduct quality testing early in the development process. For MEAP vendors, a more comprehensive portfolio also equates to a continued shift in their target market from solely developer-focused to IT operations (i.e., a top-down approach versus bottom-up).
A number of MEAP vendors now offer management capabilities, including IBM MobileFirst (MAM, ALM) and Appcelerator Titanium (MAM). This month, AnyPresence partnered with Appcelerator to enable an integrated, automated, end-to-end mobile app development platform with MAM (please see: AnyPresence Enhances MEAP Offering via Apperian MAM Partnership, March 20, 2014). Also last week, HP strengthened its overall mobile app platform story, shored up through HP Anywhere, by announcing a significant version update of its ALM product.
HP told Current Analysis that it sees mobility now as the catalyst for its ALM product, and so HP ALM version 12 emphasizes new cloud-based testing and more focus on mobile app development, to improve the speed and efficiency around delivery of new mobile apps, while leveraging the HP Anywhere mobility enterprise application platform. For example, mobile app developers will be able to conduct development and testing across different mobile operating systems more efficiently in the cloud versus on-premises. The importance of HP’s ALM update and other competing management technology in general is that mobility is now driving new technology directions in these products, and so we will continue to see convergence among players in this space, including application design, development, and management.