Kony AppPlatform Delivers the First Enterprise-grade, Low-code PWA Development Support; Achieves 100 Percent Score on Google Lighthouse

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 7, 2018–

Kony, Inc., the leading digital applications and platform solutions company, today announced new enhancements of its Kony AppPlatform to support Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Kony is the first vendor to support enterprise-grade, low-code PWA development for mission-critical apps. Developers can use Kony’s visual low-code platform to develop PWAs faster, while leveraging comprehensive backend services and third-party integrations for building enterprise apps.

PWAs are web applications that load like regular web pages or websites but can offer the user functionality such as working offline, push notifications and device hardware access traditionally available only to native mobile applications. PWAs are an emerging technology that combine the open standards of the web offered by modern browsers to provide benefits of a rich mobile experience. Kony consistently achieved a 100 percent score on Google Lighthouse with its standard configurations. Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. Users can run it against any web page, public or requiring authentication. It has audits for performance, accessibility, Progressive Web Apps, and more.

“Businesses today need enterprise-grade, low-code solutions that can help them improve app development productivity and accelerate delivery,” said Burley Kawasaki, executive vice president of products, Kony, Inc. “This need has caused the industry to look for enhanced web development approaches leading to the rapid shift to using PWA technology to build responsive mobile web apps. We’ve made ground-breaking enhancements to our Kony AppPlatform to deliver first-to-market PWA support using low-code tools. This enables building of PWA application by all businesses large and small and expands the benefits of PWA to mainstream web developers.”

Key benefits for customers:

  • Speed – Build PWAs faster using Kony’s unique drag and drop visual application design canvas and powerful low-code development tools; rapidly assemble and automatically output rich PWA applications without coding
  • Enterprise-grade – Build PWAs that are by default secure, reliable, and perform at scale using Kony’s enterprise-grade security architecture and mission-critical backend micro-services architecture
  • Lower Cost – By reusing existing web development skills and low-code tools to build enterprise-grade PWAs, businesses can reduce the total cost of building high-performing and secure mobile apps that scale to meet mission-critical enterprise needs

VESTIS, an international real estate advisory firm that facilitates trading of exceptional homes within a private, secure, global network of family offices and their trusted advisors, was unhappy with its previous app development process and implemented Kony’s PWA capabilities.

“We needed an app that enabled our users to quickly and easily discover, explore and share beautiful rich-media presentations of the properties in the VESTIS Collection without compromising the experience,” said Alex Cobb, founder and chief technology officer, VESTIS. “The power of the Kony AppPlatform PWA capabilities and results have officially exceeded our expectations. It was easy to get our PWA up and running, the core work was done quickly, and we achieved all of our user experience goals. We now plan to unify all web and native mobile development on Kony.”

PWA technology is maturing quickly, and Kony anticipates this will drive a high adoption rate. This view is also seen among industry analysts who have found that PWAs have the potential to disrupt how enterprises build their mobile apps of the future.

Michael Facemire, vice president, principal analyst, Forrester, stated: “Native apps are really expensive but give the best experience. Web apps can be mobile-optimized, but the experience is terrible. While this was once directionally true, today it’s not true at all. I’ve seen some amazing mobile web experiences that rival the best native experiences on my phone. And we now have better tools, frameworks, and build outputs to make this more of an even experience across web and native. The one I’m most excited for? Progressive web apps!”

New PWA enhancements for Kony AppPlatform include the following:

  • Visual low code platform for building enterprise-grade PWAs using responsive design visual tooling;
  • Offline app support and increased performance using automatically generated Service Workers and intelligent caching;
  • Native app-like usability and improved interactions via modern app shell architecture;
  • Installable to device home screens so the app can be launched directly using pre-built Web App Manifest;
  • Faster end-user performance navigations with reduced load times, smooth animations and scrolling;
  • Support for push notifications using integration with third-party web push libraries;
  • Automatically and bi-directionally synchronize offline data with support for offline objects; and
  • Support for Search Optimization and Social discovery.

To learn more about the enhancements or the packaging and pricing, visit here and Kony Base Camp. For a demo of the VESTIS app, click here, and to watch a webinar on PWAs by Kony, VESTIS and Forrester, click here.

About Kony, Inc.

Kony is the fastest growing, cloud-based digital application and low-code platform solutions company, and a recognized industry leader among low code and mobile application development platform (MADP) providers. Kony DBX is the banking and financial services arm of Kony, Inc. and is a globally recognized leader in digital banking transformation. With a portfolio of modern, frictionless applications powered by the industry’s most recognized platform, Kony DBX enables banks and credit unions of any size to accelerate innovation – without compromising what’s critical.

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