New Release of Kony Mobility Platform Offers the Industry’s First Visual App Development Environment to Securely and Simultaneously Create Native, Hybrid and Web Apps

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 15, 2016–

Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility company, today introduced significant updates to its Kony Mobility Platform, including unveiling a new patented, omni-channel technology called Kony Nitro. This new technology makes it easier for mobile app developers to build secure, rich native, hybrid and web apps that work across multiple devices and operating systems (OS), using visual design and development tools to accelerate the delivery of new apps.

According to Forrester, “Developers are often constrained by traditional mobile development approaches, budgets, and time-to-market. Native and web-based approaches simply aren’t enough to address all requirements.” (Forrester Report: Blurring Approaches to Mobile Apps Expand Options for Developers, Published: 31 March 2016).

The latest updates to the Kony Mobility Platform address this growing market challenge. Developers can bring their existing skills and tools to the Kony platform and blend together a mix of native, web and hybrid approaches to increase time to market, rather than having to learn an entirely new solution, rewrite the app or hire additional resources, which increases costs.

Kony Nitro’s cross-platform JavaScript API enables enterprises to use widely available and lower cost web development resources for full 100 percent native access to underlying OS capabilities, and open support for hybrid web technologies, such as Cordova, Angular and third-party JavaScript frameworks. Customers can stay in a familiar visual design and development environment based upon JavaScript, and leverage the most powerful low-code, design experience of Kony Visualizer.

“Ask any CIO what’s on the top of their agenda, and digital transformation will certainly be on that list. But successful digital transformation requires enterprises to bring together an omni-channel strategy that connects across mobile and web initiatives,” said Dave Shirk, president of Products, Strategy and Marketing, Kony, Inc. “Customers today find themselves having to compromise when choosing solutions, forcing them to pick point solutions or tools for each style of digital architecture. These point solutions, unfortunately, don’t offer the choice of speed, control, and great user experiences within a single consistent toolset. Also, this limits them from reusing their existing skill sets, outsource agency skill sets and development frameworks. Kony Nitro, the omni-channel engine at the heart of our Kony Mobility Platform, allows organizations to take on their digital transformation initiative confidently and address all of these challenges without compromise.”

With Kony Nitro, organizations of all sizes now have powerful omni-channel capabilities that include:

  • Flexible and comprehensive app development: Truly cross-platform native, web and hybrid development styles are available in one toolset. Customers can choose the style that best meets the needs of their app, or combine a mix of all three development styles inside a single app.
  • Mix and match omni-channel solution with 100 percent access to native iOS and Android features: Take full advantage of the native OS, with full access to all native APIs using JavaScript. Also, mix and match native iOS or native Android components with Kony’s omni-channel components in a single user interface for maximum flexibility.
  • Open web standards support including HTML5, Cordova, Angular + any JavaScript frameworks: Maximum development flexibility by reusing existing HTML5, Cordova, and other popular JavaScript frameworks and skillsets that may have already been developed. Customers can import them into Kony Visualizer to accelerate the next app project, and leverage the best of the open source community.
  • Automatically enables advanced security, analytics and backend integration: Build a native, web or hybrid app on Kony Nitro and automatically inherit Kony’s advanced security measures, including tamper-proof protection and whitebox cryptography. Developers can also get insight into users’ behavior and app performance and a consistent approach to accessing backend APIs through Kony MobileFabric.

With the new release, powered by the Kony Nitro omni-channel engine, Kony is expanding its platform appeal to the Web developer community, and has also increased its developer community of more than 32,000 that use Kony Visualizer.

The new Kony Nitro engine also supports the powerful visual drag-and-drop, low-code design tools, prototype sharing, and full-stack development capabilities that Kony Visualizer provides for developing omni-channel experiences that span across mobile, tablet, wearable, desktop native and desktop web channels. The latest release of Kony Visualizer now enables organizations to create a unifying experience across channels using the best approach for their digital initiatives – whether it is native, web or hybrid – without having to start from scratch and rebuild apps.

In addition, Kony MobileFabric, with its set of enterprise-grade mobile infrastructure services, expands upon open standards and adds Node.js support to allow development of backend integration logic that leverages the best of the open-source community. This new release also enhances Kony MobileFabric’s API Management, Object Services and Analytics capabilities, and allows backend developers to either use codeless visual mapping and configuration, or leverage existing web skills.

“The marketplace shift to omni-channel development spanning native, web and hybrid styles adds new complexity and drives new market requirements. Customers can optimize their current approach to get the best user experience, speed or control, but they usually never get all three at the same time,” said Burley Kawasaki, senior vice president, Products, Kony, Inc. “The latest updates to the Kony Mobility Platform address these issues head-on, giving customers complete access to full OS and device capabilities, the ability to reuse existing skills, access to web app components and a broad ecosystem of open source and third party frameworks, and the ability for rapid development using single visual design tools.”

Kony was recently named a Leader for the fourth consecutive year in the Gartner June 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms (MADP) report. In addition, Kony was named a “Leader” and earned the highest score in the current offering category in Mobile Infrastructure Services by independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc., according to The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Infrastructure Services report. Forrester also named Kony a “Leader” in The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Development Platforms, Q4 2016 report.

For More Information:

  • Join us for the live upcoming webinar with Forrester – “The Omni-channel Dilemma” on Thursday, November 17 at 2:00pm EST
  • Details about Kony Nitro – www.kony.com/nitro

About Kony Inc.

Kony is the fastest growing, cloud-based enterprise mobility solutions company and an industry leader among mobile application development platform (MADP) providers. Kony empowers organizations to compete in mobile time by rapidly delivering pre-built, omni-channel mobile apps across the broadest array of devices and systems, today and in the future, with a lower total cost of ownership. Kony’s cross-platform solution helps organizations design, build, configure and manage mobile apps to empower and better engage with customers, partners and employees. Kony was named the first place winner in CTIA’s MobITs Awards in the Mobile Applications, Development & Platforms category and included on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Connect with Kony on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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