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Platform architecture of Verivo's new Akula mobile app development platform

Creating and managing mobile apps is a major factor in the bring-your-own-device revolution that has swept over businesses. This week, enterprise mobility company Verivo Software offers to simplify enterprise mobile app building, securing, deploying and updating, with the release of a new platform it calls Akula.

Mobile app development is a hotbed of activity, with streams of new products, services and updates from the likes of Telerik, Salesforce, Adobe, SAP, Antenna and others. Verivo CEO Steve Levy told CMSWire that Akula is “a brand new product that addresses a key change in the marketplace” -- enterprises now want to use popular commercial development tools and get direct access to platform services, instead of hiring outside shops to create apps or being required to use proprietary tools.

Common Tools for Mobile Development

He noted that, in the past when mobile apps “were a niche technology,” Verivo’s platform essentially said “use our proprietary developer tools.” Now, Levy pointed out, mobile app development has gone mainstream as companies want to create apps for iPads and other mobile devices so the devices can go beyond being “glorified contact managers with calendar.” Verivo’s previous platform will not be abandoned and will still be supported as a product, Levy said, but the company’s marketing sales effort will now be oriented toward Akula.

He added that Verivo still “solves enterprises’ problems, but now we’re doing it in a different way.” The platform is designed to enable the development of mobile apps as much as five times faster than traditional methods, according to the company, and to deploy or institute changes across multiple devices at the same time.

The company also noted that Akula is “first mobile app platform that allows users to effectively build and execute on transactional business apps even when the user is out of coverage range.”

Mobilize in Stages

Levy gave the example of a field service app for, say, a cable company. The field service worker might lose connectivity while in a house’s basement, but still wants to enter data while down there, and now the platform will accept that data as soon as connectivity is restored. Developers do not need to code for situations where data is tracked for changes and updated after the app restores connectivity, because the platform will “track the changed data.”

Akula has been built as modules, which Verivo said will enable extensions in capabilities as they occur, and it is intended to integrate with existing corporate environments, including identity management, multi-factor authentication, user interface tools, analytics and mobile device management.

The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company is offering a pricing model that allows pricing in steps, from free trials, through development licenses, deployment of a pilot app and up to full scale deployment.

Verivo was launched in January of last year when Pyxis Mobile, which had been started in 1998 with a focus on app development for financial clients, rebranded itself as Verivo in order to focus on offering its mobile app development platform to a wider range of industries.