KidoZen, a provider of enterprise mobility solutions, introduced improvements for mobile data management and mobile data virtualization to its enterprise mobile application platform. The goal is to simplify the integration, management and security of enterprise data consumed by mobile applications.
According to Jesus Rodriguez, CEO of KidoZen, information workers are increasingly going to work from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and brands are also going digital more and more. “Enabling those experiences requires a lot of infrastructure in areas like data access security connectivity and analytics. KidoZen provides a cloud and on-premise infrastructure to facilitate the enablement of those experiences so mobile developers can focus on building the mobile applications and not on building the infrastructure of those mobile apps.”
Mobile Data Virtualization Technology
KidoZen says its new mobile data virtualization technology provides an abstraction layer for enterprise data sources, making it easier for developers to provide access from within enterprise mobile apps to multiple data sources without having to know where each of the data sources reside.”It provides a way for enterprises to virtualize the data that mobile applications will be using and expose those virtual data sources using a single API,” said Rodriguez. “If I am a mobile developer using a specific API that talks to, let’s say SAP, to query a specific data source, the KidoZen platform takes care of the connectivity to SAP and abstracts the complexity of that integration from the mobile developer. It is a single API for all line-of-business systems that we support, so whether you are accessing data from Oracle E-Business Suite, from SAP, or from Microsoft Dynamics, it is the same API.”
Mobile Data Management Capabilities
In addition, KidoZen’s mobile data management capabilities allow DevOps to establish security and access control policies for the business data used by mobile apps. Developers can specify which data sources get accessed based on the network, application, user role and context of the user (such as geo-location, device or mobile client). “Today there is a lot of emphasis on securing devices; there is emphasis on securing apps,” said Rodriguez. “We believe the ultimate frontier for these types of solutions is securing the data that your mobile apps are using. Because we can virtualize those data applications and because we control the experience of connecting to your back-end systems, we are in a unique position to secure those data sources.”
KidoZen’s new mobile data management and virtualization capabilities allow integration to any network and related assets through a common data source catalog. The catalog establishes the key data components in the network and allows for programmability and granular context-aware data policies to specific sets of data according to geo-location, device, application, network or mobile client. KidoZen provides development teams with control, visibility and security of the data being accessed by end users and their devices.
According to Rodriguez, organizations can build applications on any platform of their choice. "They can pick any mobile platform of their preference; we support about 12 different platforms.”
The KidoZen platform is offered as a service. “We started as a cloud-only value proposition just because we felt that cloud was a great enabler of mobile infrastructures but as we started working in regulated industries we had to address a lot of compliance issues around data and the security policies,” said Rodriguez. “Our release of the platform in 2013 also worked on hybrid cloud environments so organizations could literally take their KidoZen infrastructure and virtualize it as part of their domain. About 8 months ago, we released our private cloud infrastructure that is KidoZen in your data center and it is very symmetric with our cloud infrastructure so you can augment the capabilities of KidoZen on premise with the cloud infrastructure.”
Particularly in emerging markets like the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South America that don’t have the large footprint of cloud data centers, the private cloud approach is becoming popular, said Rodriguez. “We say ‘platform as a service’; it is always service-enabled. We support public cloud, hybrid cloud, and private cloud models.”
According to KidoZen, its platform is used by American Airlines, Boeing, DuPont, Pfizer, Microsoft, Shell, Toyota and United Healthcare. For more information, go to www.kidozen.com.