MEAP vendors look to new partnerships, deployment options, says Current Analysis

Mobile enterprise application platform, MEAP, vendors will increasingly look to new partnerships and deployment options, such as cloud services, judges Charlotte Dunlap, senior analyst for app platforms at Current Analysis.

Dunlap says she expects to see a number of new MEAP developments at the Mobile World Congress being held this week in Barcelona: new channel partnerships between MEAP pure-play vendors and carriers; new integration details such as comprehensive mobile app platform, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service offerings, with partnerships such as the open source Private Cloud Foundry community; new sets of application deployment services such as test and development clouds; partnerships between mobile app platform providers and app development framework vendors to address a broader developer base.

"MEAP leaders are looking to exploit new technology and cloud partnerships in order to build out their ecosystems and better address the needs of enterprise developers. Cloud services are a key component in making mobile app development and deployment more manageable, namely through backend integration services," Dunlap explains.

An example of a MEAP partnership was the recent announcement by cloud-based MEAP vendor FeedHenry and enterprise mobility management firm AirWatch. The partnership will enable enterprises to create mobile applications that can be deployed and managed with the AirWatch app catalog.

"The integration of our next generation mobile application platform with AirWatch's EMM solution now gives enterprises secure device management along with the ability to develop, host and manage native, hybrid and HTML5 applications," says FeedHenry CEO Cathal McGloin.

The FeedHenry-AirWatch partnership will enable organizations to develop, integrate and secure enterprise apps and content on mobile devices, while letting IT manage policies and access controls at the enterprise level, the companies explained.

For more:
- read Dunlap's blog
- check out FeedHenry's release

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