The world of mobile software development can be treacherous for developers and testers. On the one hand, users have high expectations for application functionality and speed. On the other, they hate change. Across this landscape, companies and their personnel walk a tightrope, trying to stay abreast of OS updates with minimal impact on the user—even as they recognize that performance is the one aspect of an app where users want it all. As if that weren’t enough, they also have to worry about time, budget and resource constraints.
For more than a decade, Orasi has helped its clients navigate this precarious environment by offering the best quality assurance consulting, products, and services in the industry. Orasi has always striven to help organizations implement testing best practices, from test data management to virtualization and beyond, with the goal of delivering superior products on time and within budget.
Throughout that same period, testing and development have become increasingly linked, until today, they are part of a continuum that has no defined edges. Testing and development have merged, essentially, with quality assurance efforts optimally beginning with the definition of user requirements and continuing through testing and to deployment. For mobile testing, in particular, this is true.
Now, Orasi is adopting that approach as well, “shifting left” to also address the mobile development phase of the lifecycle. We have marked this milestone by entering into a full-service partnership with Kony, Inc., for which Orasi will be providing sales, implementation services, training, consulting, and support for Kony products. A dedicated Orasi team engaged in a comprehensive search for a mobile development partner whose commitment to excellence matches our own, and I believe Kony is that company.
Kony is the fastest growing, cloud-based enterprise mobility solutions company and an industry leader among MADP providers. For three years in a row (2013, 2014 and 2015), Kony has been named a “Leader” with strong advancements in vision and execution in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms (MADP). In addition, Kony was named a “Leader” and earned the highest score in the current offering category in Mobile Infrastructure Services by independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc., according to The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Infrastructure Services, Q3 2015 report.
Kony is a particularly appropriate fit for Orasi, because our existing mobile development partners, Perfecto, Mobile Labs, and HP Mobile Center, don’t provide tooling for development. Furthermore, Kony is more than a leader in terms of reputation. The company serves more than 250 million mobile app users, worldwide, every day and manages more than 3.4 billion user sessions annually.
The question then becomes, what can organizations anticipate from the Orasi-Kony partnership? With its unparalleled expertise in QA, Orasi is uniquely positioned to help Kony round out its mobile development tools with an end-to-end mobile quality process. Our consultants will help Kony customers not only to build their mobile apps quickly but also to make sure these apps satisfy user requirements and work as expected.
For Orasi clients, our consultants can help organizational stakeholders evaluate Kony’s powerful toolset and determine which components make the most sense for their efforts. Orasi will then offer them the same enthusiastic, expert consulting and assistance for Kony products that it has provided for QA efforts up to this point. In short, Orasi will be a full-spectrum service provider for every aspect of the cradle-to-grave mobile app lifecycle.
Mobile app development and maturation is complicated and continually evolving, and even the biggest enterprises with mammoth development teams are challenged to stay abreast of device revisions, OS releases, and, of course, constantly shifting and accelerating user expectations. To remove the greatest barriers to application quality and user satisfaction during the development phase, Kony offers three products that Orasi will be selling and supporting:
Kony Visualizer: This mobile-first app design and prototyping solution enables business users, designers, and developers to collaborate and rapidly create native and web mobile app experiences for iOS, Android, Windows, and the Web. With Visualizer’s cloud-based mobile app designer and app prototyping tool, teams can design native and web user experiences for smartphones, tablets, and desktop in a real-time, collaborative environment.
Kony Studio: As the only enterprise-grade platform for developing and deploying HTML5, native, or hybrid mobile apps using open and standards-based tools, Kony Studio’s IDE software offers enterprises a cross-platform mobile development toolset to build, debug, and deploy next-generation mobile apps from a single code base. Supporting more than 10,000+ smartphones, feature phones, and tablets running Android, iOS, Windows, and Blackberry, Kony Studio allows companies to design, build, and test new channels in 80% less time, defining unique experiences for mobile and desktop and delivering engaging and consistent app experiences across all channels.
Kony MobileFabric: As the industry’s leading mobile middleware solution, MobileFabric is an enterprise-grade set of secure, open, standards-based mobile services offerings that enables enterprises to significantly reduce costs and achieve more than 65 percent reduction in time to market. Offering exceptional agility, Kony MobileFabric unifies multiple infrastructures/platforms, including MADP, mobile back-end as a service, application programming interface management, and platform as a service. In September 2015, MobileFabric was recognized as the “Most Innovative IT Solution in the Mobile Applications, Development, and Platforms” category of CTIA’s 2015 MobITs Awards competition.
With the addition of Kony to our service line, Orasi will now offer both the expertise and the toolsets across multiple vendor product lines to help customers integrate all components necessary for a quality mobile practice.