2017 Mobility 100: 15 Coolest Mobile App Development Platforms

App Development Platform Innovators

Whether an enterprise is seeking to develop mobile apps for internal users (such as employees), or external (such as customers), the ideal type of platform is going to be same. It's going to be fast and secure, while also being flexible and connectable (to outside data sources). Numerous mobile app development platforms on the market offer all of these advantages and more for the creation of business apps, but which ones really deliver? To give a sense of the key players offering mobile app development platforms right now, we've rounded up 15 of the coolest vendors to know about.

Adobe Systems

Shantanu Narayen, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

Adobe's Experience Manager Mobile product offers features including repurposing existing content for use in a business app, such as through sharing assets in Adobe Creative Cloud and Document Cloud.

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Amazon

Jeff Bezos, CEO

Headquarters: Seattle

Amazon Web Services, through its Mobile Hub platform, provides a variety of tools for businesses to create new apps. Those include guiding users to select and configure features, automatically provision AWS services and easily connect to back-end data.

Appcelerator

Jeff Haynie, Executive Vice President

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Appcelerator (owned by Axway) enables the development of native apps, written in JavaScript, for any operating system. Mobile test automation, connections to data sources and measurement (for metrics such as usage and adoption) are other key features.

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