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Appcelerator gears up for the business world

Joab Jackson | July 21, 2014
System administrators take note: That mobile employee expense app you're building should be every bit as easy to use as Facebook. Oh, and you better deliver it quickly too, because that's how Facebook rolls.

Apps that are built with Appcelerator Platform automatically collect key metrics through an Appcelerator hosted service. Administrators can create custom metrics by adding into their app interface calls to the Appcelerator data-collection service. Organizations can also run their own in-house service to collect Appcelerator data as well.

The company has also extended the use of its monitoring services so that programmers can retroactively embed Appcelerator's programming interfaces into any app that has already been built, not just those built on the Appcelerator platform.

This update will allow developers to monitor any native app, one built specifically for an Apple or Android.

The Appcelerator Platform also includes software for creating and consuming third-party APIs (application programming interfaces), called API Builder. Previously, this task of connecting an app to a third-party API could be cumbersome, requiring knowledge of software libraries and communication protocols. Using a set of drivers, this software provides an easy way to encapsulate widely used enterprise APIs, such as those from Salesforce.com and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

API Builder also allows developers to write their own APIs, allowing the app to tap into internal company business processes. Administrators can add in additional logic to the APIs, for tasks such as packaging data in a particular format, for instance.

 

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