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Introduction

Salesforce sees mobile applications as the new channel to reach today’s mobile, social, and connected customers via contextual, interactive experiences wherever they are, on any device. As a result, it is evolving its Force.com platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering to make it easier for enterprise customers and independent software vendor (ISV) partners to deliver these new mobile experiences.

Highlights

  • Force.com is a full social, mobile, analytics, cloud (SMAC) stack. It comes into its own as a data integration hub when used in conjunction with Salesforce’s Analytics Cloud.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand and select the most relevant Force.com mobile application development capabilities.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various Force.com mobile application development capabilities currently on offer.

Key questions answered

  • What are the options available for the development of mobile native Force.com applications and mobile client Force.com applications? Which use cases are these options and types of mobile application most relevant to?
  • How can I make the best of Force.com's mobile application development capabilities?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Mix and match Force.com’s mobile options, while adapting your app and pattern portfolio

  • You have choices, use them all
  • Update your portfolio of apps and design patterns
  • Leverage Force.com’s security

Combine Classic and Salesforce1 mobile apps

  • Use Classic for mobile read and write
  • Prepare for the native Salesforce1 app

Take advantage of all Visualforce options

  • Keep in mind the consequences of your choices
  • Standard Visualforce pages are a good start
  • The Visualforce/HTML mix is a good half-way option
  • JavaScript Remoting/Static HTML fits Salesforce App best but requires the most effort

Familiarize yourself with the Lightning component framework

  • The foundation of Force.com’s new face
  • A long term replacement for Visualforce but not Apex

Mix native, web, and hybrid custom client apps

  • Use the mobile SDK for native or hybrid custom apps
  • Use Salesforce’s free tools for web custom apps
  • Leverage the SDK to turn web apps into hybrid ones

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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