Leading Cross-platform Development Solution Joins Leading Rails Cloud Platform to Bring Productivity, Power, and Scale to Mobile Development
GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spain – February 15, 2011 – Appcelerator®, the leading platform for rapidly developing native mobile, desktop and tablet applications using web technologies, and Engine Yard, the leading Ruby on Rails development and deployment platform for the cloud, today announced an agreement to provide an end-to-end solution for the rapid development and deployment of highly scalable mobile applications. The partnership provides developers with the integrated platform needed to take advantage of the explosive growth in cloud-connected mobility.
Appcelerator Titanium’s cross-platform technology allows developers to build a mobile application once and have it run on many different client devices such as iPhone and Android phones. Engine Yard provides a cloud platform to quickly develop and deploy backend Rails applications with high scalability, reliability and performance. The combination of Appcelerator and Engine Yard creates a simple, powerful way for developers to get Web-scale, mobile-enabled applications up and running quickly.
“Many Engine Yard customers are looking to extend their applications to mobile clients,” said Mike Piech, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Engine Yard. “Appcelerator Titanium allows developers to leverage their existing application backend, practically unchanged, while enabling access from a wide range of new devices. Appcelerator customers can take advantage of the speed and agility of building and running application backends in Rails on Engine Yard, which offers scalability and flexibility as their businesses grow.”
One category of applications that will benefit from the Appcelerator and Engine Yard partnership is mobile commerce. Services such as “daily deal” coupons are often consumed on a mobile device, and enabling a user to complete a coupon-initiated transaction requires richness of functionality on the device as well as a secure, reliable, and high performance backend on the Web. Appcelerator Titanium allows the commerce site developer to write the rich client once and have it run on devices ranging from phones to desktops, while a backend developed in Rails and running on Engine Yard supports the transactional capabilities, responsiveness, and adaptability needed for a Web-scale application.
“We see mobile commerce as one of many opportunities where Appcelerator and Engine Yard can help customers expand their relationship with clientele before, during, and after purchase,” said Jeff Haynie, CEO, Appcelerator. “With seamless development and deployment, customers can begin leveraging client-side functionality, rich merchandising experiences, loyalty programs, the mobile wallet, and more – with data stored in the cloud and secure, yet readily available to any number of mobile clients.”
As part of the agreement, Appcelerator and Engine Yard will integrate and certify each other’s technologies, jointly develop best practices, and create common architectural patterns to help developers build mobile applications using Appcelerator Titanium with Ruby on Rails backends developed and deployed on the Engine Yard platform. The companies’ joint solution will be available later this year.
Appcelerator is the leading enterprise-grade, cross-platform development solution on the market today, with over 1.5 million developers using its software to power more than 12,000 cloud-connected mobile, desktop, and web applications used by tens of millions of users every day. The company’s flagship offering, Appcelerator Titanium, is the only open source platform to enable fully native, cross-platform development, from a single codebase, at web development speed for these three platforms. Appcelerator’s customers can leverage their existing skills and open, industry standard technologies to decrease time-to-market and development costs, increase customer adoption and revenues, and enjoy greater flexibility and control. For more information, please visit www.appcelerator.com.
About Engine Yard
Engine Yard is the leading development and deployment platform for the cloud. With a unique combination of Ruby on Rails expertise, operations automation, open source community involvement, and world-class service, Engine Yard empowers businesses to build and run cloud-based applications easily and cost-effectively. More than 1,800 customers, from explosive-growth Web startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, trust Engine Yard for fast deployment, rapid scaling, high performance, and 24×7 uptime, allowing them to leverage Rails agility for competitive advantage. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard is backed by Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and Amazon.com.