The following is a guest post by Jeff Haynie, co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, a mobile app development platform that enables companies to build, connect and analyze their mobile apps.
For the past eight years, we've been working to simplify the work it takes to build great mobile apps.
Between these two challenges – building great apps that run across a range of devices, and connecting to a bunch of different backed data sources – the data issue is increasingly becoming the bigger headache. In fact, in our soon-to-be-published 2015 Mobile Trends Report, created jointly with IDC, we found nearly 75% of dev survey respondents say backend integration is the biggest bottleneck in mobile development today.
What's the answer? Get Arrow Builder into the hands of even more developers, of course! I'm happy to announce we've teamed with Microsoft to do exactly that. This new relationship means Azure users can now create APIs for any data source in minutes using Arrow Builder, then seamlessly run those APIs on the Azure infrastructure of their choice.
This announcement also brings greater flexibility for Appcelerator developers: In addition to our own Arrow Cloud infrastructure, you now have the option to run Arrow-built APIs on Azure. It's your choice.
For the Azure faithful, it's an opportunity to add an industry-leading API builder to your mobile arsenal. Arrow Builder helps to enable the "API-first" approach that's essential as apps grow more anticipatory and context-aware, drawing from more data sources, with interactions that traverse a growing number of devices, platforms and "things."