mobile application development platform

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Contributor(s): Colin Steele

A mobile application development platform (MADP) is a type of software that allows a business to rapidly build, test and perhaps deploy mobile apps for smartphone or tablets. 

A business can either build its own mobile application development platform or buy one of the many third-party products available on the market. The MADPs that third-party vendors sell typically include features such as mobile Backend as a Service (BaaS) and management tools for application programming interfaces (APIs).  A MADP may also provide native, Web and hybrid app development capabilities as well as mobile application management (MAM) tools for deploying and securing apps.

The term MADP is generally credited to the research firm, Gartner.  It seems to have replaced two other terms introduced by Gartner, Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) and Mobile Consumer Application Platform (MCAP).

This was last updated in December 2013

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We understand that custom mobile app development tools are quite efficient, however each one of them have some limitation. While considering pros and cons of each of them, what I make-out is to use native app development platforms or at the max cross-development platforms like xamarin to develop custom mobile apps.

What this does is gives you flexibility to develop application of any scale with unlimited options to add necessary features.


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