Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mobile-to-Mobile Integration in the Cloud


The Super Bowl is over so it’s time to kickoff a super idea: “mobile-to-mobile integration in the cloud”. We’re all thinking about it but we’re just not saying it: the current end game is to have millions of mobile apps on billions of mobile smartphones all integrated via the cloud. The IT department will consist of one person, the CIO, who outsources all IT functions to a team in India/ China/Brazil /Ukraine/Tanzania (you choose), who implements the CIOs ideas based on a series of virtual use case interviews on a bunch of transparent virtual machines up in the cloud. Every pertinent interaction and piece of data created and consumed on one user’s smartphone is instantly and securely available as needed by all other players in the business process. Far fetched? Do you disagree that this is where we are heading?

When you think about it, Magic Software’s applicationplatform, mobile offering and integration platform combined with its planned cloud offering have all the components needed to make this happen, except of course for the cool as a cucumber CIO that it would take to have the guts to implement a strategy like this. The coming metadata world is so highly virtualized that it’s possible to use the world’s best infrastructure without owning anything other than smartphones.

That being the case, the future of software development is in mobile app development and cloud applications. As we move into the present capabilities more fully we will see a future where Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are so ubiquitous that mobile-to-mobile integration in the cloud is not only expected, it will be demanded by business users.

Holding all of this back is simple adhesion to existing systems. But here again, if one can find a nearly transparent way to integrate existing systems with mobile-to-mobile integration in the cloud then organizational resistance is futile. Business leaders will drive the process of mobile-to-mobile cloud integration forward as the cost of dynamically creating integrated applications and apps becomes less than the cost to maintain the current state of data center possessing IT departments which are typically weighed down by excessive Java overheads and heavy, overlapping middleware solutions. 

The pressure from smaller fiercely competitive organizations using agile concepts and metadata driven solutions will force Big IT to break ties with old ideas and embrace the mobile-to-mobile cloud integration future. In the meantime, billions of the rest of us will happily type on big keyboards safe inside the protection of our client server applications behind the firewall as colleagues foist loads of data over the firewall via Web applications. Either way, the technology sounds like Magic to me.



Glenn Johnson is a Senior Vice President at Magic Software Enterprises, Inc. Active in the software industry since 1984, he frequently speaks at industry conferences and writes for numerous publications.