Friday, December 8, 2017

Mobile back ends using Azure App Service

Any mobile app with a cloud-hosted back end (whether on infrastructure or platform services) enjoys
the benefits of connectivity and scalability. However, choosing an MBaaS for mobile app development yields additional benefits. MBaaS solutions are optimized to streamline connected app development (connected, because in addition to supporting popular mobile platforms like iOS and Android, most MBaaS solutions also work with Windows Store and Mac OS X apps). MBaaS solutions handle the glue code associated with the most common mobile development tasks, such as storing app data in the cloud, authenticating users, sending push notifications, and more.

Azure App Service is a cloud platform for building powerful web and mobile apps that connect to data anywhere, whether in the cloud or on-premises. 

Mobile back-end services with Azure Mobile Apps
Azure App Service Mobile Apps lets you do the following:
 Easily add corporate sign-in to mobile apps and securely connect to on-premises resources
(single sign-on [SSO]).

 Create robust apps that remain useful when there are network issues so that users can create and
modify data even when they are offline.

 Broadcast personalized push notifications to millions in minutes by utilizing a push notification
service (APNS for iOS, GCM for Android, MPNS for Windows Phone, and WNS for Windows Store) in the back end.

 Easily configure for authentication by using SSO and Active Directory or social authentication
providers like Facebook or Twitter.

 Many enterprises have existing enterprise systems to which you can easily connect to support
mobile apps using the Azure App Service SaaS and other data connectors such as Microsoft
Salesforce, Office, or Dropbox in their API or mobile apps. Similarly, because enterprises might still
want to connect directly to their enterprise systems, they have options to use Azure Stack for an
on-premises solution. This provides all the capability of Azure in the cloud, but on-premises.

Developers can create their back ends through the Azure portal or Microsoft tools, including quickstarts for mobile client apps, using templates for Visual Studio or other IDEs. Visual Studio also
includes workflows to connect your mobile client app with an MBaaS back end. Using Azure App Service, you can easily scale applications on demand with high availability and easy management and monitoring of assets and infrastructure through the Azure portal.

Workflow and business processes with Azure App Service Logic Apps
Using Azure App Service Logic Apps, any technical user or developer can automate running business
processes and workflows via an easy-to-use visual designer. Here’s what you can do with it:

 Create business processes and workflows visually from the web

 Deliver integration capabilities in web, mobile, and API apps

 Integrate with your SaaS and enterprise applications through connectors like Office 365, Salesforce, Google, and more

 Automate enterprise application integration (EAI), B2B, and business processes

 Connect to on-premises data and line of business services

Source Of Information : Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development

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