Gluon For IT Architects & Enterprise Developers
The IT infrastructure and software that is in operation in a company is often a complex system containing many different components, accessible via public and private points, and maintained in a secure and controlled environment. All components that are added to this infrastructure have to follow some policies. Having mobile applications access critical or personal enterprise data and functionality is often a nightmare for the team responsible for managing the enterprise back-end systems.
Integration with existing enterprise architectures is one of the key benefits of using Gluon products. This gives enterprise developers and architects a huge time-to-market advantage when they create their mobile enterprise applications, and they don’t have to worry about insecure connections coming into their enterprise systems.
Gluon CloudLink for Mobile
Gluon CloudLink talks with mobile applications in a mobile-proof way. It can deal with connection loss, offline usage, and different network connectivity properties. As such, Gluon CloudLink shields the mobile complexity from the enterprise applications it needs to connect to.
Gluon CloudLink is even more powerful when used in conjunction with Gluon Mobile, as there is an even deeper integration. Gluon Mobile apps are created using Java on the client, and come with additional functionality such as real-time synchronization between the UI and back-end data, and with the Java Security APIs.
Java enterprise architects can extend their existing enterprise architecture diagrams to also include mobile components. The same quality of service that is expected and requested for back-end components can be achieved for the mobile components.
Creating a mobile application does require communication with the team creating or maintaining the enterprise application. With Gluon CloudLink Dashboard, this communication can be facilitated. Enterprise functionality that is required for a mobile application, but that is not yet available or that is not suited for being used during development or testing, can easily be replaced by mock values.
Traditionally, creating an enterprise mobile application requires mobile and enterprise developers to collaborate. Different skills, different teams, and often different companies make it non trivial to achieve the best collaboration. However, a suboptimal communication between the developers working on the mobile app, and developers working on the enterprise components may have dramatic consequences for the behavior of the mobile app, the end-user experience, or the stability of the existing back-end infrastructure.
With Gluon, if the mobile application is created using Gluon Mobile, and the existing back-end application is created in Java, it is possible to have the same team of developers work on both the client as well as the server, as both parts only require Java development skills. Procedures and methodologies that are typically in use within Java enterprise companies (e.g. agile development, coding and pattern conventions) can be applied across the whole development chain from mobile to enterprise and back.