7 Reasons to Consider Azure App Service To Build Your Mobile Application

Developing and creating mobile apps can be incredibly difficult. Building database, rolling your own cloud service, integration with push services, setting up sign-on, and also developing the code. But building mobile apps can be incredibly easy too if you consider the plethora of MBaaS (mobile backend as a service) and PaaS solutions. MBaaS is ‘turn-on infrastructure’ for mobile apps providing access to the servers, storage, databases and other resources they need to run.

Custom ASP.Net app development allows you freedom and creativity to build five-star apps. If you want a one-stop solution to power your app with cloud infrastructure — one of the most popular services is Azure App Service. It is a cloud offering that integrates everything a developer needs to quickly and easily ship powerful mobile apps. Azure App Service includes the web and mobile capabilities that were previously offered separately as Azure Websites and Azure Mobile Services. What Azure App Service also offers is new features for automating business processes and hosting cloud APIs. App Service is a single integrated service. That is, it lets you compose various elements — websites, mobile app back ends, RESTful APIs, and business processes — into a single solution.

The App Service makes it very easy to add login, push, and data sync to your iOS, Android, or Windows app, to scale globally. You can also connect your app to enterprise systems and on-premises resources. Here are some compelling reasons why you must consider Mobile Apps in the Azure App Service suite as a potential contender for your app development:

1. Universal Support:
Client SDK support for building native applications on Android, iOS, and Windows devices. It also enables cross-platform applications using the Xamarin and Cordova (PhoneGap) frameworks. You can build native apps or use Cordova to create “hybrid” applications built using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that work in both web and mobile environments.

2. Connections To SaaS Platforms And On-premises Data:
The App Service offers a choice of more than 50 connectors for enterprise systems (such as SAP, Siebel, and Oracle), SaaS services (such as Salesforce and Office 365), and internet services (such as Facebook and Twitter). Additionally, it provides on-premises data using Hybrid Connections and Azure Virtual Networks. It allows you to add corporate sign on in minutes.

3. Offline Ready Apps:
Boost productivity by building apps that work offline and then use Mobile Apps to sync data in the background when connectivity is present with any of your enterprise data sources or SaaS APIs.

4. Push Notifications:
Powerful notification service sends millions of notifications in seconds. You can engage your customers with instant and personalized push notifications on any device.

5. Authentication And Authorization:
Azure App Services provides an extensive list of identity providers which includes Azure Active Directory for enterprise authentication and social providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft Account. Additionally an OAuth 2.0 service for each provider.

6. Global Scale With High Availability:
Scalability is an important feature of the App Service. You can scale up your mobile backend manually by selecting the number and size of VMs or automatically, based on load and schedule. The Service SLA ensures high availability.

7. Visual Studio Integration:
Streamline the process of creating, deploying and debugging with dedicated tools in Visual Studio.

App developers are increasingly opting for PaaS or MBaaS as a solution as it allows them to focus on the core development and coding process, trusting cloud-based services to take care of the rest. What are your views on this? We would like to hear your comments in the section below.