Keeping track of the ecosystems available to software developers is no mean feat. Sravish Sridhar, CEO of Kinvey, started mapping them out in his Backend As A Service Ecosystem “subway” map six months ago. And now he’s updated that map to add another category — mobile enterprise application platforms or MEAPs — to the existing Iaas, PaaS, SaaS menagerie.
So … why the change? Sridhar sees two emerging trends. First, enterprise software companies (IBM(s ibm), Sybase/SAP(s sap), Adobe(s adbe) etc.) want more mindshare among mobile developers. Second, mobile developers, who demand free tools, are forcing mobile services companies to find other ways to make money. Writing in the company’s blog, Kinvey VP Annie Bourne says these MEAPs:
offer broad software platforms to support enterprises that want to enable multiple mobile apps for multiple operating systems which access multiple sources of data. We think they belong in the Subway map…
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