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You can wash your clothes down by the river with a bar of soap and a rock, sure. But why would you, when washing machines and drycleaners exist? Technology has stepped in where manual labor used to pervade.
(Tom Tovar is the CEO of BlackBerry partner, AppDome.)
The same is rapidly becoming true of application development.
The job of the developer is to translate business objectives into lines of code. That’s a hard job, and it seems like in every organization, the development team has a backlog of features and requests that they want to add. They want to make apps better, solve more problems, and make the experiences better overall for users.
There are two ways this can be accomplished.
Software Development Kits (SDKs) allow developers to build custom functionality into their apps. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), meanwhile, allow you to incorporate a feature or set of features from another application platform – the Google Maps API, for example, lets you add location services to apps. APIs sit inside SDKs, which often comprise more than the API itself.
In many cases, a development team will make equal use of both APIs and SDKs. Here’s where the problem arises. For an API or SDK to work with an application, it must first be integrated into that app.
The application must be modified to incorporate the new tool. This is a process that takes time and skill. However, not all organizations have either at hand. What if I told you integration could be done without either?
Say hello to AppFusion. This tool allows you to implement complex mobile services and SDKs to your applications in a matter of minutes. And now, thanks to BlackBerry’s Good Dynamics app platform, it’s better-equipped than ever to integrate new platforms and services with the push of a button.
The advantages of this ease of integration go well beyond a few saved man-hours. With BlackBerry, we’re taking an existing toolkit and applying it in places it’s never been applied to before. Organizations can now apply the rich app-level security controls of Good Dynamics to existing apps without writing a single line of code or even to third-party apps.
Suddenly, everyone is empowered with the ability to bring in additional functionality – they don’t need to be a software engineer to do so. It opens up the possibility that a new class can participate in the mobile development process. And that, in turn, leads to better collaboration, better applications, better workflows, and better outcomes.
Let’s say, for example, you have a security team and a dev team. The developers aren’t security experts, and the security experts aren’t developers. With AppFusion, the security team could recommend or select the services to be connected in a solution, and could promote those selections to the developer. All the developer has to do is click “Fuse My App,” and the security team has what they requested.
AppFusion’s also great for commercial ISVs. These application providers often serve a large portion of enterprise customers, and need to implement their SDK manually for every vendor whose store they want their apps to appear in. With AppFusion, they needn’t take on that burden.
And as more people use AppFusion, the technology is going to get better and better – every single update to the technology impacts and benefits every other user. It takes the notion of implementation from an individual discovery into a journey that serves an entire community. And with BlackBerry as a partner, there’s nowhere to go from here but up.
We hope that you are excited to give thanks for what you have this holiday. We also hope you are excited to eat a whole bunch of turkey too. Today marks a day celebrated nationwide by all Americans. It is widely believed that Thanksgiving started back in 1621 in Plymouth (modern day Massachusetts) when the pilgrims created a large feast to celebrate their successful harvest. This tradition became quite popular in Massachusetts. It then spread into New England, a few other northeastern states, and eventually to all of America. On November 26th 1789 George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide Thanksgiving celebration as a “day of public thanksgiving and prayer”. Today Thanksgiving in America is a day that brings us together and allows us to look inward and around us to realize all we have to be thankful for. It also means big meals, big football games and plenty of time spent with friends and family.
Get yourself into the thanksgiving spirit with a few of these exciting apps
Big American Football Quiz
Put your football knowledge to the test with the Big American Football Quiz. Do you really know the most about football among your friends? Prove it with over 100 professionally written questions.
Keep all your recipes in one convenient location on your phone. Now that it’s Thanksgiving it’s time to get those recipes out and get cooking. Make something new that you liked this year? Store it in the CookBook and use it again next year!
Drop it low and get that Turkey Twerkin!!! This exciting and addicting game will get you right into the thanksgiving spirit. Just tap to twerk to those funky bass beats.
The Rules of American Football
So maybe you’re not ready for the Big American Football Quiz. Maybe you’re just trying to figure out why everybody in the game keeps stopping all the time and why the ref keeps through a flag in the air. Don’t worry this app will explain all the rules of this festive game to you.
Are you panicking because it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year and you have no idea how you’re going to pull it all together? Don’t worry, check out this app to find the best mouthwatering festive recipes to keep your guests and your belly happy.
At the BlackBerry Developer Summit in Midtown Manhattan on November 17, we unveiled our expanded developer platform that reinforces — and accelerates — our software pivot. The packed event venue at Nasdaq headquarters included developers from our top customers and ISV Partners.
The event was much more than telling our developer community how great our platform is. We did that, of course, but the goal here was to literally demonstrate it through an immersive, hands-on workshop where developers were able to code and experience the platform first-hand in a practical way that went far beyond creating some typical “hello world” app. Virtually every aspect of our platform was covered in detail including tracks dedicated to subjects like secure storage and connectivity, inter-application communication, and server services.
Our platform continues to evolve to be more than mobile management and collaboration, it enables true business transformation. Our partners and developers onsite were excited
to hear about our software roadmap and how they can leverage it. Our product leadership team touched on the power of the expanding secure end-to-end mobile application platform, which helps our customers significantly grow their business capabilities.
Naturally, a large amount of energy drinks, cookies and other great food kept the developers happy and energized throughout the day, as they learned how to make our platform do what they want and spent high-quality time with some of the best engineering minds in the business.
This is just the beginning! Much of the content used at the summit will be integrated into our developer program where aim to engage and make it available for all our developers to leverage our secure, flexible platform. Make sure you register for the Developer Program / Enterprise Apps Newsletter to get the latest updates at http://developer.blackberry.com/enterprise
Here is a picture of our team of BlackBerry experts present on this fantastic day. It was a fun and truly engaging experience!
We hope to see everyone from our developer community out for our next event. Stay tuned… we’re sure it’s going to be even bigger and better!