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.
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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.