Making apps more accessible to Salesforce’s platform
It’s no secret that Salesforce has become popular in the enterprise space, so much so that it has more than 3 million apps created with more than 1.7 million installs on its AppExchange. But while that may be, one thing developers have noticed is the length of time it takes to produce an app using the existing model.
Prior to today, it would have taken much longer to create an app because developers didn’t have the the technologies in place to streamline the process. Today that all changes as Salesforce says that its developers will no longer need to trade between a great app experience and access to business data and development speed.
The refreshed mobile developer pack and SDK
As Salesforce describes it:
- Salesforce Mobile SDK 2.0 - The open source project will make it easier than ever for any enterprise developer to securely connect enterprise data to any mobile app – native, hybrid or HTML5 – on any iOS or Android device. The SDK also enables HTML5-based apps to leverage device features like the camera and geolocation, and provides additional libraries for key enterprise requirements such as authentication and secure offline storage.
Also of note with the Mobile SDK is that it comes with secure offline access and makes it possible to integrate phone/device features into the app, such as use of the camera, geolocation, and more. In addition, Salesforce says that usage of OAuth login security for customers has become generally available.
As Salesforce looks to increase the number of third-party apps using platform, it also announced the creation of a Mobile Accelerator Program. With this initiative, it will be for experts and the company’s implementation partners to work with Salesforce’s customers like Aditi, Appirio, Bluewolf, Capgemini, Deloitte Consulting, and others. The idea is to provide training and best practices so that these customers have someone internally that can help guide their app development as a subject matter expert on Salesforce’s mobile offering.
Mobile Developer Week
To commemorate the occasion today, Salesforce says that it is planning on kicking off its inaugural Mobile Developer Week later this month. Held in 37 cities around the world, the goal is to get more developers to build mobile apps using Salesforce’s Platform Mobile Services. What better way to encourage more adoption than by hosting hackathons, right?
Companies are looking for new tools to help them remain competitive while still keeping them connected with their data. Utilizing Salesforce’s mobile apps alone will not work for every single business, which is why it is important for Salesforce to release an SDK and developer pack to allow its customer companies to build their own apps that suit their needs while offering the freedom and flexibility to tie it back into their Salesforce service.
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