Leadership in Mobile Application Development Platforms

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  1. Doug
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    Posted 27 Feb 2015 Link to this post


    Seems that Telerik is see just as a Visionary and not a Leader  (can be both?) in the Mobile development market.
    However these are just options, tho nice to know Telerik are also thought leaders.

    Telerik is a privately held company founded in Sofia, Bulgaria, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. The software vendor has been focused on UI technologies for a dozen years, and it has built up a community of 1.2 million developers in 130,000 companies that use various tools, frameworks and visual components. Initially centered on Microsoft platforms (Visual Basic, ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Forms and Silverlight) but also supporting server-side Java and PHP, the company states it has grown 50% per year during the past 10 years. The mobile offering, Telerik Platform, supports development in HTML5 and JavaScript, targeting iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. The Telerik Platform is a collection of modular tools, frameworks and cloud services that supports the development of mobile Web, hybrid and native applications. The platform offers application prototyping, building, testing and analytics, as well as some data connectors and app deployment capabilities. Telerik's most popular product is Kendo UI, which is an HTML5 framework built on top of jQuery. It is compatible with Twitter Bootstrap and Google AngularJS, two rapidly growing JavaScript-based libraries and frameworks. In April 2014, Telerik released Kendo UI Core, a subset of Kendo UI, as an open-source package of UI widgets and components to attempt to establish it as a standard. Telerik supports hybrid Web application development based on leveraging the open-source Apache Cordova container. Telerik also supports native app development through native UI libraries and the new NativeScript cross-compiler tool that uses JavaScript to build native apps. Telerik's go-to-market strategy is both a "bottom up" approach of selling directly to developers (per-seat licenses) and an enterprise-oriented offering of the Telerik Platform. Typical costs for an initial mobile development project, in terms of direct licensing fees and related payments to the vendor, are at the low end of the spectrum (less than $10,000 per year), while its enterprise-level pricing is more than $50,000 per year (see Note 1). Developers should consider Telerik if they are creating line-of-business apps that are inward-facing or partner-facing, or if they want to build primarily Web and hybrid apps.

    Strengths -  
    The company has a successful, long-standing, developer-centric, bottom-up approach, in which products are sold primarily online at modest cost ($300 to $1,800 per developer) with minimum friction. The platform offers a modular collection of components, frameworks and tools that support development for different platforms with a variety of approaches. The platform leverages de facto open standards, such as jQuery, Bootstrap, AngularJS and Apache Cordova; also, the Telerik Kendo UI Core framework is open source.

    Cautions -
    Although there is a unified Web interface, the Telerik Platform has been built through acquisitions as well as internally developed products, and the packaging of these components comes across as a collection of tools rather than a tightly integrated set. The platform lacks some capabilities for full SDLC support, such as enterprise system integration and app management, and some capabilities are relatively new and unproven, such as AppFeedback and AppPrototyper. The company historically does not have a mobile-centric focus, but instead has executed a strategy of building a diverse product portfolio that includes content management, software testing, .NET UI widgets and project management. However, the company has recently invested in mobile initiatives (not just the Telerik Platform) to add mobile capabilities to the rest of its portfolio, such as its Web content management (WCM) offering.
  2. Anton Dobrev
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    Posted 04 Mar 2015 Link to this post

    Hi Doug,

    Thank you for taking the time to share this information on the Telerik Developer Forums and your kind words.

    In addition, there are more details on the matter at this official Telerik Press Release and the referenced links in it.

    Please, let me know if further questions arise.

    Anton Dobrev

    Check out the Telerik Platform - the only platform that combines a rich set of UI tools with powerful cloud services to develop web, hybrid and native mobile apps.

  3. Sciflare
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    Posted 27 Feb 2017 Link to this post

    We have just started using Telerik Dev kits & platforms, we being a Mobile App development company are truly shell-shocked by the ease of the tool to create a complete mobile app from scratch bang on the requirements, we have already projected our ROIs on app development and are gearing up to purchase the license to serve our Clients with a quality mobile app as well as value for money with key being on time delivery.

    Mobile App Development being our core Services that we offer, this tool is a swiss knife in disguise 

    Cheers to Progress Telerik team, keep working, keep rocking :)

  4. Anton Dobrev
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    Posted 02 Mar 2017 Link to this post


    Thanks for your kind words, it feels really satisfying and motivating to hear them. I already sent your message to my colleagues.

    We are also eager to see what our customers will be building with our tools and services.

    Happy coding!

    Anton Dobrev
    Telerik by Progress
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