How Swift drives innovation on the cloud

Improved application quality and more collaborative development teams are just two of the benefits to leveraging Swift for front-end and back-end development in the enterprise

How Swift is driving innovation on the cloud

One year ago, Swift became available as open source, and the community immediately set out to make the language usable for everything from systems programming to mobile apps to cloud services.

Building on that momentum and creativity, the enterprise is now poised to deploy Swift for front-end and back-end development.

The cloud is rapidly becoming the platform for innovation, with enterprises building applications that leverage cognitive, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other emerging technologies. But enterprises need a simpler way to develop apps and innovate quickly on the cloud. When we saw the speed, performance and creativity our development team experienced using Swift to build more than 100 MobileFirst for iOS apps, we focused our efforts on fully enabling Swift for server development so enterprises could also take advantage of these benefits.

Regardless of the size of the development team or the application being developed, using Swift on the server side can help enterprises more quickly create innovative and highly performant apps. Here are three ways you can take advantage of Swift:  

  • For mobile developers: To be competitive in the app marketplace today, mobile apps must provide users with a rich, contextually relevant experience. This experience is dependent upon access to smart analytics and cognitive services available with a cloud backend. Swift gives developers the ability to take their existing mobile apps and quickly and easily create a dynamic backend—moving their code as is between client and server tiers to optimize their applications for performance, bandwidth, security and service access.
  • For enterprise developers: API creation and management are key components of enterprise development strategy today. Enterprise developers responsible for creating the server technology and backend APIs will need tools such as Kitura to streamline API creation and management. Swift is ideal for delivering on an API strategy because it typically requires less code, provides high performance, and is type safe, all while using less memory. These characteristics make it ideal for cloud development and deployment.
  • For development managers and CIOs: Mobile and cloud development skills are in high demand, and properly staffing teams for enterprise development is a challenge. The key is to enable your developers to use the same language for both the client side and server side, allowing them to break down silos, repurpose their skills, share their code, and rapidly deliver on the app and API backlog. Developers already embrace Swift on the front end—it’s one of the fastest growing languages in history with well over 1,000 apps already—and they will appreciate how productive they can be when using the same language on the server side.

From improved application quality to more collaborative development teams, there are many benefits to leveraging Swift for both front-end and back-end development in the enterprise. In just one year as an open-source project, Swift is already on its way to becoming a fundamental component of the next generation of enterprise apps. We can't wait to see what the next year holds.

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