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Mobile app development tools: A buyer's guide

Mobile is overtaking desktop development computing. Matthew David guides you through native and cross-platform mobile app development tools, giving you the top criteria to consider when choosing tools and vendors.

Introduction

In order for companies to succeed before the mobile computing era, it was known that every organization needed a website to promote, sell and interact with customers at a high volume and on a high-quality basis. Today every enterprise needs to be mobile. Mobile is quickly overtaking desktop computing not only in terms of mainstream usage, but within the enterprise. The advent of bring your own device and a multitude of cloud-enabled productivity apps have given the workforce a new way of getting the job done. So now it's your organization's turn to catch up with its workforce. Where to begin?

This buyer's guide helps you find the right mobile application development tool.

Section one gives you a primer on mobile application development (MAD) and mobile application development platforms (MADP). It explains the differences between mobile and desktop app development -- the differences aren't as simple as the categorization suggests. It explores the different types of mobile apps that enterprises can develop such as native, cross-platform or hybrid.

To aid you in your search for the right MADP, the second section of this buyer's guide gives you the top criteria to look for in mobile app development tools and their vendors. Some key features will be more important to companies than others. The third section in this guide evaluates different companies' needs and analyzes different MADPs. From that information, we've created a list that matches software to different types of organizations. To provide further in-depth knowledge, the last section of the guide presents overviews of the top players in the mobile application development market.

Whether your organization's focus is on secure data or ease of use; whether its development team works only with Visual Studio or is comprised of Web developers; whether your organization is a large, globally distributed company or a 10-person startup, this buyer's guide is designed to help you find the right mobile application development platform for your enterprise.

1What is?-

The differences between leading mobile OSes and native vs. cross-platform app development

This section provides a primer on mobile application development. To understand mobile application development, you must first have a grasp on the differences between mobile and desktop development. Knowing the lead mobile operating systems -- Android, iOS and Windows -- is also important in getting the lay of the land for native mobile development. But developing natively isn't the only way to create mobile apps these days; a multitude of cross-platform app development tools are available.

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How to differentiate leading mobile operating systems

Expert Matthew David explains differences between leading mobile operating systems and how they differ from traditional desktop applications. Continue Reading

2How to buy-

Key considerations for native and cross-platform mobile app development tools

This section is designed to show you the key features to consider when you're evaluating a mobile app development platform for your enterprise. Security, environment, cost, usability, integration with testing software, hosting and delivery are the important deciding factors when considering a tool that develops mobile applications. Consider this section a guideline when you're building your RFP.

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Buying mobile app development tools

Expert Matthew David goes over key factors to consider when buying mobile application development tools, like security, testing and hosting. Continue Reading

3Which should I buy?-

Choosing between Android, iOS, Windows and cross-platform app development tools

With so many ways to develop apps and so many tools out there that can do the job, selecting the right tool for your enterprise can prove to be an uphill battle. This section provides several articles that can guide your purchasing decision. Whether your company develops native apps for Apple, Android or Windows products, or wants to develop hybrid apps that span all major OSes, this section shows you how to assess each product based on the key criteria mentioned in the above section.

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Native Android development: What are the best tools?

There are pros and cons to embarking on native Android app development. Find out if developing natively in Android is right for your company. Continue Reading

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What are the best iOS app development tools?

There are pros and cons to embarking on iOS app development. Find out if developing natively in iOS is right for your company. Continue Reading

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What you need to know about Windows mobile app development

There are pros and cons to embarking on Windows mobile app development. Find out if developing natively in Windows is right for your company. Continue Reading

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How to choose cross-platform app development tools

Expert Matthew David showcases cross-platform app development tools to help you find which application development software is best for your company. Continue Reading

4Top product overviews-

MADP products from today's market leaders

Choosing which mobile application development platform is right for your enterprise can be an extremely daunting task. But the right MADP will help your enterprise get the job done and put it on a path of success for years to come. The great news for those in the market for a MADP is that vendors recognize the important role applications play in the day-to-day operations of enterprises. However, determining the needs of your enterprise is equally important. Do you want to develop consumer-oriented apps? Employee-oriented apps? Both? Do you need platform-specific -- native -- apps or apps that function across multiple devices -- cross-platform and hybrid? Luckily today's market leaders provide developers with the tools and technologies needed to develop and publish apps that meet all your requirements, no matter how small.

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Learn more about the Android Studio IDE from Google

Android Studio IDE from Google allows developers to build apps running on mobile, desktop and other emerging technologies running on Android. Continue Reading

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Develop enterprise apps with Apple's Xcode IDE

The enterprise certificate and enterprise code review service makes Apple's Xcode IDE a powerful app development tool for enterprises. Continue Reading

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Visual Studio IDE offers many advantages for developers

Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE allows development teams to create apps for multiple Windows 10 mobile and desktop platforms, as well as for iOS and Android. Continue Reading

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Adobe offers mobile app development tool

Adobe PhoneGap Build, a mobile app development tool, helps developers create cross-platform apps for multiple mobile devices. Continue Reading

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Breaking down IBM's MobileFirst Platform Foundation

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation provides several mobile app development tools for building native and cross-platform mobile apps using familiar development technologies. Continue Reading

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Kony Studio: A mobile app development platform

Kony Studio is a mobile app development platform that allows developers to build native or cross-platform apps using a single JavaScript codebase. Continue Reading

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Oracle MAF: A mobile application development tool

The Oracle MAF allows developers to create cross-platform Android and iOS mobile apps using Eclipse and JDeveloper IDEs. Continue Reading

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RAD Studio XE8: A mobile app development tool

Rad Studio XE8 from Embarcadero is a mobile app development tool for the creation of native and cross-platform apps used on today's popular mobile devices. Continue Reading

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Salesforce1 Platform: A mobile app development tool

The Salesforce1 Platform features several integrated development environments for the creation of enterprise-level Android and iOS mobile applications. Continue Reading

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SAP HANA Cloud Platform: A mobile app development tool

SAP HANA Cloud Platform offers several mobile app development tools that let developers create hybrid applications using several IDEs and languages. Continue Reading

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Cross-platform mobile app development tools from Sencha

Ext JS, GXT and Touch mobile app development tools from Sencha feature a range of functions to support developers' cross-platform app development needs. Continue Reading

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The Telerik Platform: A mobile app development tool

Here is an in-depth look at the Telerik Platform, a mobile app development tool for the creation of native and cross-platform apps. Continue Reading

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Xamarin Platform: A mobile application development tool

Xamarin Platform is a mobile app development tool that features several development environments and allows developers to build native and cross-platform mobile applications. Continue Reading

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