Progress, the below-the-radar development platform provider (formerly known as Progress Software), just announced an extension to the Progress Pacific platform to enable mobile app development. The importance of tools for mobile app development probably cannot be exaggerated, given the importance of this capability both to enterprises and to Cloud providers.

For example, in Saugatuck’s 2013 global Cloud adoption survey, we learned that C-level executives see mobile capability as at least as important as Analytics – and a greater competitive value than SaaS, Social or Cloud Infrastructure through 2015.

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However, mobile app development ranges in complexity and sophistication from a simple browser-like front end to a fully-functional set of capabilities that may be called “enterprise class.” The latter, enterprise class mobile apps, is the target of the Progress Pacific platform just-announced capabilities.

Progress has three primary objectives for this mobile development release:

  • Enabling user experience that fully engages users, not merely a basic user interface
  • Empowering developers with 80/20 capability – 80 percent of the solution being auto-generated and 20 percent requiring hand coding
  • Delivering enterprise mobile apps that feature quality, reliability and robustness.

Progress is targeting its traditional markets with this release – ISVs, Cloud solutions providers, and midsize enterprises – but in addition Progress is taking aim at Service Providers (IaaS and Telco/white-label markets).
This is rapidly becoming a very crowded market with master brands like Apple, IBM and Microsoft offering their tools to developers and a myriad startup companies also weighing in. However, one thing can be said with confidence. Progress has always been a world-class development tools provider, and this move into enterprise mobility solutions will likely be no exception.

Originally published at Lens360 blog on April 29, 2014. Published with permission.