- Kony highlights new app development framework, Visualizer.
- The company looks to mirror same success as competitor Xamarin.
Amid a flurry of MBaaS and mobile backend integration events in recent weeks, Kony turned its attention this week to front-end mobile app development, announcing the newest version of its Visualizer (2.0) mobile app design tool. The cloud-enabled collaboration tool promises to eliminate the costly process of determining and implementing how a mobile app should look and feel. Much of the design around a new app can be lost in translation between all those involved, including the LoB stakeholder, the app designer, the developer, and IT operations.
The app development framework promises to compress and hone the collaboration process between the business analyst and developer, shrinking the lifecycle of app development by 50% according to Kony and increasing the overall quality of the app. This is achieved by the creation of click-through preview apps without any software coding requirements so that those involved can easily view, publish, and share the app on mobile devices before the hard-coding process.
Significant to this announcement is the fact that it is the first version of Visualizer since Kony decoupled its front-end and backend technologies. Kony is hoping to stir interest in its newfound front-end tools and mirror the success of key app development framework competitors such as Xamarin.
The announcement closely follows Kony’s move last month to unify its mobile app platform, called MobileFabric, to better tackle the competitive PaaS space (please see Kony Combines All its Technologies to Take on Competitive PaaS Space, August 20, 2014). The unified platform integrates its various development and deployment options and is said to reduce development time by two-thirds.