There are a plethora of mobile application development tools available in the market. They are usually used to simplify the app development process. One of such option is “Mobile backend as a service” which is often abbreviated as MBaaS. It allows the mobile app developers to use the existing APIs and SDKs. MBaaS helps in connecting the mobile app to company data very conveniently. In a simple language, it’s a cloud computing category which is composed of organizations that simplify for mobile app development company to setup, use and administer a cloud backend for their mobile, or web apps.
BaaS falls into the two categories: Consumer BaaS and Enterprise BaaS. The former largely focus on “lighter-weight” brand apps while the other focus on mobilizing sensitive, business-critical data from enterprise systems. BaaS providers are interrupting on the assumption of “Mobile Enterprise Application Platform,” or MEAP, category. On the other hand, it is providing a turn-key functionality of the mobile strategy than traditional API management and Platform as a Service vendors.
Benefits of using MBaaS
Custom application development can be a costlier affair. A developer should understand well how to utilize and access the data and also how to maintain its security. It takes the trouble of back end by the developer to connect apps to the required resources. It also takes care of connecting mobile applications to company data. This may include databases and RSS feeds.
It sends the data to mobile apps using APIs. It avoids the headache of modifying any data sources to work with MBaaS apps. To lay the foundation of mobile apps, developers can work on the premises APIs or Public APIs in the cloud. It also has complete security and management controls in place.
Problems with MBaaS
Like a coin has two sides, MBaaS also has some major disadvantages. It suffers from the version control problem. A company may prefer to use vendor’s API, and at the same time, the vendor updates its API version. This update can not be completely compatible with the mobile app or company’s system.
It may also suffer from the attack of hackers. They may use denial of the service attacks and may steal some of the major or private information from the application.
It also suffers from the drawback of the potential problem. If a developer trusts on any third party MBaaS vendor API, they may face an issue of not supporting it, in that case, the organization can move ahead with a new MBaaS vendor.
An MBaaS can be considered by a company only when it needs to deliver applications on early basis. It speeds up the mobile application development process and supports working on multiple operating systems. As a developer, one does not have to write common code repeatedly. They can access the code via MBaaS provider, for instance, such as geolocation. But MBaaS misfits, if the developers want control over back-end infrastructure. The chances are even impossible with it. Also, the complex application does not work well with it. But still, apart from its disadvantages, MBaaS provides a great future for app development.