HP offerings prep legacy apps for modern-day mobile devices

New products, services run gamut from development tools to cloud integration to application performance management

One of the early challenges of the Internet age was that of transforming legacy applications into Web-facing apps that employees and customers could access from the convenience of a desktop browser. With the rise of mobile computing and the BYOD (bring your own device) movement, companies face a similar, albeit more complex version of that problem: securely extending both legacy and cloud-based apps to the increasing array of smartphones and tablets.

Seeking to remain a major IT player in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard today unveiled a new set of applications and services that fall into the company's application transformation portfolio, aimed at helping companies keep users and employees constantly connected to their apps, regardless of device. That pledge is certainly a familiar one, pushed by various companies over the past year, including Salesforce, VMware, and Citrix.

Among HP's announcements is a new mobile-focused version of HP Anywhere, the company's platform for building, distributing, and managing mobile apps for the enterprise. Developers can work with such standards as HTML5, JavaScript, and Apache Cordova; the platform also supports Sencha Touch, Enyo, and jQuery Mobile. HP Anywhere integrates with SAP Afaria and supports application authentication via integration with Layer 7 Technologies, according to HP. It includes a secure container structure for authorized user access and policy management as well.

HP also announced the HP Anywhere Developer Zone, designed to provide developers access to HP SDKs, demo applications, and application cookbooks. HP envisions developers using the Developer Zone to share best practices, tools, and techniques for building mobile apps for the HP Anywhere platform.

In addition, HP revealed enhancements to its Application Performance Management portfolio, designed to monitor all aspects of mobile services, from application performance to the availability of the underlying architecture. The APM upgrade includes a new version of HP Real User Monitoring (RUM) 9.22 and advanced monitoring capabilities for HP Performance Anywhere 1.1, HP's SaaS-based application performance management solution.

With RUM 9.22, IT departments can monitor end-user application performance on Android devices in real time so as to identify bottlenecks and fix them quickly. Beyond delivering data on application performance metrics and device use, RUM helps development teams identify which functions are most and least used, according to HP.

HP Performance Anywhere 1.1, meanwhile, is designed to track cellular carrier network performance and availability, helping IT departments pinpoint whether app-performance issues are related to mobile apps or the network on which they are running. The offering includes embedded predictive analytics capabilities, according to HP, for identifying historical performance trends and signs of service degradation.

HP is also fluffing up its Converged Cloud with the introduction of its Application Integration to Cloud services, built for integrating applications, information, and business processes across private, public, and hybrid clouds, according to HP. The services use concrete reference architectures based on integration platforms from Tibco and Red Hat. Companies can use the HP Enterprise Integration Workbench to automate the deployment of integration platforms, according to HP, giving companies the ability to divert IT resources to other projects

Finally, HP announced its User Experience Design Services, through which HP helps customers design, design, develop, and deploy more engaging, user-friendly applications.

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