Published on January 29th, 2019 | by Bibhuranjan


DIY Low Code Platform For Mobile App Development By Salesforce

Salesforce recently launched a set of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) tools and services, called the Lightning Platform Mobile. It is basically a low-code platform offered by Salesforce in order to aim at boosting the development of enterprise mobile applications and making their deployment much faster.

The three vital parts of the Lightning Platform Mobile are:

Mobile Builders

Mobile Builders aid in building immersive mobile experiences by using two most important elements → pre-built JavaScript components and a low-code development environment. With this feature, admins can turn their spreadsheets into mobile applications with ease, design data model for the application on their own, and even configure the app UI by using simple clicks. Moreover, Salesforce AppExchange provides 180+ ready-made components to help you get started.

Mobile Services

Mobile Services makes it super easy for business users to add backend services. With the help of this feature, admins can power up their mobile applications with Einstein’s declarative Artificial Intelligence services, elaborate workflows, and 3rd party data integration. Furthermore, admins can also add mobile push notifications, all with just a click of a button.

Mobile Publisher

A brand new addition to the package, Mobile Publisher provides admins with the ability to publish customer and employee apps on the Google Play and App Store directly. Mobile Publisher looks after the complete packaging and submission process, making it easier and quicker to get applications published and updated.

Leyla Seka, EVP and Head of Mobile at Salesforce, observed that building applications for Android and iOS and amplifying them with backend services can prove to be time consuming and heavy on the pocket. With Lightning Mobile Platform, Salesforce is catering to the need of more efficient low-code tools, drag-and-drop interfaces, and pre-built components for mobile app development, believes Leyla.

An optimum example of Lightning Platform Mobile was shared by Leyla who said in a blog post that ‘Jumbo’ (a globally renowned Dutch supermarket chain) created their own employee application in just an eight-week long tenure with the help of Lightning Platform Mobile for managing their internal tasks and collaborations. “I love that story because the woman who created the app isn’t a developer,” said Leyla. Besides this, she also spoke of the United Rentals creating an app that minimized the complexity of looking for business opportunities, boosting the ability of their team to drive more sales using the Lightning Platform Mobile. Another user of the platform that successfully built a mobile app was Cornell University. Their application helped 22,000 students with the access to information on community forums, meals, etc.

The beta version of Lightning Mobile Platform is currently available, with general availability of the complete version set for February.

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