Developers Were Hired to Develop, Not Adopt

MEAP! MEAP! Wooooosh!!! When someone talks about MEAPs all I can think about is the speedy Road Runner of Warner Bros. cartoon fame. The speed and flexibility of that agile, flightless bird kept Wiley E. Coyote at least a step behind. As big a fan of the Road Runner as I am, I’m an even bigger fan of MEAPs. And a few of my application developer friends are bigger fans than I am (of MEAPs, that is, not necessarily of the Road Runner). Why, you ask? MEAPs, or Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms, increase development speed by taking the load off, so to speak. They free up developers to innovate and add business value rather than having to spend most of their time figuring out how to integrate their software with multiple devices.

Creating Wasted Effort

Mobile devices—from notebooks to smartphones and tablets—are being built with faster processors, expanded memory and high-resolution screens. Networks are getting faster and are converging while the variety of devices continues to grow. This is good for the company’s bottom line, but this uptick in technology has handed developers quite the challenge: deploy, manage, update applications and devices, track data flows, transactions, comply with regulations, and do so safely and securely. No wonder developers spend more and more of their time adapting applications for specific devices.

While spending all that time integrating an application into multiple devices expands its distribution, it doesn’t do a thing to improve the application itself. But if those tasks were taken care of, developers could spend their time developing and enhancing applications that advance the business. This is where MEAPs come in.

How To Increase Efficiency

In a nutshell, MEAPs accelerate and simplify the development, deployment and management of smart-client-based mobile applications, and are, I believe, a key element in new mobile enterprise structures. MEAP solutions are also highly scalable, are faster and come at a lower-cost. Based on an open, flexible architecture, MEAPs also help companies (like the Road Runner) quickly adapt to emerging technologies such as HTML5.

AT&T’s Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions’ team recently put together a white paper that compares MEAP to other popular application development and deployment models. If your developers are spending too much time adapting (like the Coyote) and not enough time innovating (see Road Runner), I believe your IT department will find this white paper informative.

Image courtesy of Warner Brothers Looney Tunes
Steve Hurst Managed Security Product Director AT&T About Steve