Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Magic xpa 3.0 - The Reviews Are In!

Last week we released Magic xpa 3.0, the newest version of our flagship business app development platform. Magic xpa 3.0 features improved mobile development capabilities and In-Memory Data Grid technology, enabling the rapid creation of mobile and cross-platform business applications.

Early reviews are in, and we could not be more pleased! Here is what some of our customers are saying.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Six Ways Enterprise Apps Are Evolving

Enterprise mobility is a top priority for CIOs who want to maintain a technological and competitive edge. Mobile apps are changing how employees, partners and customers communicate, share content and collaborate. In advance of the May 12 release of Magic xpa 3.0 - our code-free, visual development and deployment environment for the quick creation of enterprise-grade apps - here are six trends that are influencing how mobile apps will be developed and used in the future.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Sneak Peak at the New In-Memory Computing Features in Magic xpa 3.0

Magic xpa 3.0 now incorporates In-Memory Data Grid technology based on award-winning XAP middleware from GigaSpaces. 

This next generation architecture provides a highly-scalable, fault-tolerant infrastructure for building high-performance apps.

Learn more about IMDG by watching this short video by GigaSpaces.

Magic xpa 3.0 uses IMDG technology in two different ways.

1) Magic xpa 3.0 includes an In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) based messaging layer that enhances the robustness, scalability and performance of your applications. Elastic scalability allows apps to easily accommodate larger numbers of users and transactions. Built-in auto-scaling lets businesses focus on creating the right business logic rather than on load balancing issues.

2) Magic xpa 3.0 enables applications to access and process data from an IMDG (e.g. the space). In-memory data caching speeds access to traditional databases. This also provides the opportunity to work with asynchronous persistency, in what’s referred to as Write Behind mode in Hibernate, enabling apps built with our platform to handle extremely large transaction loads.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Sneak Peak at the New Studio Environment in Magic xpa 3.0

The upcoming Magic xpa 3.0 release includes many new features for an improved developer experience, enabling customers to get enterprise-grade cross-platform apps for mobile and desktop to market faster than ever before.

With the Form Editor now based on Visual Studio, Magic xpa 3.0 users will enjoy its familiar and intuitive experience.

A new Mobile Preview pane lets developers see how apps look on the device as they create them. Users simply choose the appropriate device from the drop down menu or define their own. And by toggling on the new Mobile Design Mode, default values are preset to be suitable for mobile. For example, button defaults are sized to accommodate touch screens.

Together, these and other enhancement make creating cross-platform mobile and desktop apps faster and easier than ever. 

Figure 1: New Magic xpa 3.0 Visual Studio Based Form Designer with Mobile Preview for iOS

Don’t forget to register for our Live Q & A Session with Magic Management on April 28 to answer any questions you might have on Magic xpa 3.0.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mobile App Simplification and Integration

Mobile enterprise app development is both an opportunity and a challenge for IT departments.  By supporting employees working in the field using smartphones and tablets, IT can help companies gain a competitive edge by creating new efficiencies and superior customer service. But in order to support a mobile workforce, IT needs to make real-time information, including product, financial, and customer data, available from a wide variety of business applications. And it gets even more complicated. Because of the plethora of devices used by employees, IT needs to develop mobile apps for multiple platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, and others.

In addition to the challenges related to mobile applications, there are the more familiar IT development hurdles that need to be overcome, including budget constraints, pressure for quick delivery, and the need to adapt to fast changing business processes and user habits.

Here are two ways that code-free mobile application development platforms can help enterprises meet these challenges.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Are You Ready for Big Metadata?

Big data presents the challenge of managing massive amounts of information. However, the increase in data is only half the story. Metadata, which in the past was limited to names and labels, today encompasses information about the relationships between data, reports, and processes and due to its growing volume requires its own strategy for efficient management.