Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) today announced new rapid application development (RAD) capabilities in its powerful Progress® Pacific™ platform-as-a-service (PaaS) with unique features for creating and deploying enterprise-class mobile and web applications significantly faster than traditional development methods and with less complexity than other PaaS platforms.
The new mobile features in Progress Rollbase®, the RAD component of the Pacific platform, include innovative, standards-based capabilities that address major mobility challenges that ISVs and businesses continue to struggle with as they move business applications to the cloud. These include easily creating customized mobile and desktop apps from a unified platform with minimal coding, efficiently and securely integrating with backend infrastructure, and fast, easy cloud deployment.
The Progress Pacific platform enables visual development of highly customized hybrid apps for web, Android and iOS devices without the need for costly, time-consuming, device-specific custom coding to access native application features. This dramatically simplifies, speeds and automates the process of augmenting existing enterprise applications with mobile capabilities, building new ones that support both web and mobile interfaces or building mobile-only apps.
Key Progress Rollbase Mobile Benefits:
- A unique, comprehensive, model-driven approach using drag and drop, point and click tools that simplify building an application and enhance the user experience.
- Automatic generation of the server objects needed to support a mobile and web application, with access to business logic and data integration capabilities, for secure access to critical business information.
- Easy setup, control and administration of push notifications from backend services to mobile clients, for an optimal user experience.
- A choice of easy distribution and deployment options, whether in app stores or in the cloud, simplifying support for multiple devices.
The new Progress Rollbase software capabilities are part of a major Progress investment to incorporate leading mobile technologies into its solutions and enable enterprise-class applications that provide an optimal user experience on any device.
David Barach, founder and CEO of Good Done Great, said, “The Progress Pacific platform is playing a key role in supporting our growth as a provider of software, strategy and services for corporations and grant-giving organizations. The applications we’ve built in the Pacific platform and deployed in a private cloud offer high levels of functionality that have won us praise from our clients and their customers around the world.”
Mike West, research fellow at research firm Saugatuck Technology, said, "The importance of tools for mobile app development probably cannot be exaggerated, given its importance both to enterprises and to Cloud providers. Progress has always been a world-class development tools provider, and this move into enterprise mobility solutions will likely be no exception.”
John Goodson, chief product officer at Progress, said, “Progress has made significant investments in mobility to make it easier than ever to capitalize on the benefits of model-driven rapid app dev and the cloud. The Pacific platform is truly a comprehensive PaaS that provides the freedom to choose the deployment environments, data sources and business logic tools for faster business reaction, analysis and problem solving.”
The new Progress Pacific platform capabilities are available now for a free trial.