BBM Enterprise SDK is now BlackBerry Spark Communications Platform. Learn more, and download it for free at BlackBerry.com/Spark.
(This is a guest blog by Alan Bavosa, VP of Strategic Partnerships at AppDome, originally posted at the Appdome blog)
These days it seems not much time passes and Appdome announces yet another expansion of the Appdome platform to cover a new mobile service. This week, Appdome dives into the world of mobile messaging & collaboration, with the launch of Appdome for BBM Enterprise. BlackBerry is a long time Appdome partner and market leader in enterprise mobility. With this new service on the Appdome platform, customers can rapidly integrate the BlackBerry Spark Communications Platform with any mobile app without coding – in less than 2 minutes!
Appdome mobile Collaboration UI (for codeless integration of Spark)
If you’re new to Appdome, here’s a bit of context on what we do. Appdome’s ‘codeless’ mobile productivity platform enables anyone to add mobile services (SDKs) to existing apps in minutes. Appdome solves key mobility challenges for enterprise developers, mobile SDK providers, and ISVs. On Appdome, customers select the mobile services (SDKs) which they want to integrate to their apps (choosing from categories like mobile security, management, identity, and now collaboration). Then simply click the big green button. The Appdome platform automatically adds the selected SDKs to the app in minutes. We call this AppFusion, the process is 100% codeless. Compare this to manual coding, which can take days, weeks, or months, and the benefits become obvious.
Add BlackBerry Spark Communications Platform to your app in minutes
With Appdome’s new Collaboration service, customers can enhance any app to experience the enriched collaboration capabilities of Spark instantaneously! On Appdome, customers ‘click to implement’ Spark on-demand in minutes using Appdome’s self-service platform. This enables mobile ISVs and enterprises to enjoy the richness, scalability, and security of Spark with zero friction and zero development effort.
I’m super excited about this new service for a number of reasons. For one, Appdome’s new collaboration category is all about increasing mobile productivity and collaboration (my favorite topics to write about). Secondly, Spark is slick! It’s incredibly feature rich, easy to use, and now with Appdome it’s also simple to implement.
BlackBerry Spark Communications Platform – enterprise collaboration at its best
BlackBerry Spark Communications Platform is a mobile-native secure communications platform, which delivers integrated messaging, voice and video for iOS and Android apps. As far as mobile messaging & collaboration go, Blackberry’s is absolutely in a class by itself. Spark is not an ‘app’ per se. It’s a full-blown platform, designed to be embedded inside apps. BlackBerry sells their messaging service to ISVs who want to leverage the Spark network with their apps.
Spark is packed with a robust collection of tightly integrated real-time communication services, including voice, video, chat, calendar, click to call, click to chat, click to text, push notifications, group hierarchies, streaming media, and end to end encryption.
How does Appdome add Spark to apps without code?
In the past, developers looking to add Spark to apps would have had two potential issues: (1) coding Spark to their apps in source code, and (2) the scarcity of specialized mobile developers that can implement Spark in the app’s source code. Appdome eliminates both full-stop.
Appdome requires neither code nor coding to integrate services to apps. On Appdome, anybody can implement Spark to apps in one of two modes: (a) In-app mode adds an overlay experience inside any app using BlackBerry’s standard UI and messaging functionality.
Appdome ‘in-app mode’ and BBM UI example
(b) Event mode is the developer option. In event mode, the developer can configure (by toggling on-off specific messaging features such as push notifications, chat, etc.) the interaction flow between the user and Spark. Event-mode allows the app to use its native UI as the primary interface with the user.
Appdome ‘event mode’ and BBM UI example
In either mode, the user is required to authenticate to Spark infrastructure (which you want for security reasons when using BBM). With Appdome, you can rapidly integrate all the amazing mobile collaboration features from Spark into an app in less than 2 minutes, without coding, and without impacting your app’s behavior.
I mean really, it’s almost like having MacGyver living inside your app wiring things up for you! And because Appdome is ‘codeless’, ISVs can avoid the burden of manually implementing mobile service SDKs and spend more time on building great apps!
Check out this video to see how simple it is to add Spark to any app!
ISVs or enterprises can use Appdome to rapidly integrate Spark into any mobile app in minutes. Developers and customers can pick and choose from a rich set of voice, messaging, video and collaboration features to create a fully integrated turnkey solution inside an existing app without a development project.
Now that, my friends, is mobile integration so advanced, you might think it came from another planet! Too good to be true? Try it for yourself at fusion.appdome.com.