mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) definition

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A mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) is development environment that provides tools and middleware for developing, testing, deploying and managing corporate software running on mobile devices.

Generally speaking, a MEAP has two important features:

  •  a mobile application development environment and back-end web services to manage those mobile applications and link them to enterprise applications and databases.  
  •  a centralized management component that enables an administrator to control which users can access an application and what enterprise databases that application can pull data from.

Sometimes, a MEAP will be used in conjunction with a mobile device management (MDM) platform.  MDM products manage mobile devices, while MEAP solutions manage the enterprise applications running on those devices.

This was first published in November 2011

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