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April 2017 (MobileFabric 7.3)

In this release, we add a powerful visual mapper to our Object Services capability that allows drag and drop mapping and transformation of the back-end data source to the front-end client app data model to further accelerate back-end integration. Additionally, MobileFabric includes numerous new built-in connectors and a Data Adapter SDK to quickly build new connectors to any system along with numerous other productivity enhancements.

Object Services Visual Designer

MobileFabric’s Object Services now includes a visual designer for configuring request/response mapping and data transformation. This provides a visual representation of both the front-end client app data model and the back-end data objects discovered through MobileFabric connectors. The visual designer allows point-and-click mapping between the frontend and backend along with powerful data transformation and business logic when needed. This further accelerates the ability of the back-end developer to configure back-end integration and makes it much easier to understand and maintain the mappings over time.

Location and Context Triggered Engagement

MobileFabric Engagement Services now provides the ability to manage thousands of geoboundaries and associate events, business logic, or metadata with each location to drive a rich contextual user engagement. The back-end server and the client SDK automatically manage the geoboundary list and trigger app events as the user enters and exits defined locations. This capability enables apps to “wake up” and engage the user when the right location and context rules are met even if the app is offline.

Custom Analytics Dashboard

In addition to the existing standard dashboards in the MobileFabric console, administrators can now configure custom dashboards to include any standard or custom report widget based on client and/or server metrics. The custom dashboard widgets can also be configured to pull in external data from a URL to combine MobileFabric analytics with other analytics in a unified dashboard.

New Connectors and a Data Adapter SDK

The Salesforce, RAML, MongoDB, and Relational Database connectors are now supported by Object Services including full offline sync capabilities. A new connector for OpenAPI (Swagger) is now available for both Integration and Object Services to easily discover or import API definitions that follow the OpenAPI spec. Customers and Partners can now easily build their own MobileFabric connectors by using the Data Adapter SDK and import it directly into their MobileFabric Console.

Identity Services Enhancements

Additional enhancements to Identity Services further extends the advanced back-end security and enterprise identity connectivity available in MobileFabric. When testing APIs from the MobileFabric consoles, the user will be automatically prompted to login to any required back-end identity provider to retrieve the required back-end tokens to execute a successful API test, which significantly speeds up the overall API testing effort. The back-end developer can also configure APIs to utilize the user’s secure identity session managed by MobileFabric to retrieve user profile information as an input to APIs instead of trusting the input from the client, which significantly improves API security. Lastly, the Identity Services now follow the microservices deployment model of MobileFabric providing fine grain control when publishing identity service updates across various runtime environments.

Scheduled Jobs and API Healthchecks

The MobileFabric runtime now provides the ability to schedule jobs that invoke any published service on a configurable interval. The service input and the criteria for a successful execution can be configured allowing administrators to schedule automated tasks or continuously verify the health of services.

Publish History and Rollback

Each publish now maintains a history containing the full log and deployment package allowing administrators to see how the runtime environment has been updated over time and easily rollback to any previous release if needed.

Console Usability Improvements

Numerous user experience improvements and developer productivity enhancements have been added to the MobileFabric consoles including enhanced management of custom jars and data adapters, improvements in the service testing interfaces, and the ability to apply changes to multiple services at once.

October 2016 (MobileFabric 7.2)

In this release we add the ability to leverage the NodeJS open source community to extend the capabilities of MobileFabric by enabling it to run on a NodeJS-based JavaScript runtime. We have also added a key enhancement to our API management solution that should allow customers to use the included feature for most API management use cases short of monetizing APIs with third parties.

NodeJS Support

MobileFabric services can now run on a NodeJS-based JavaScript runtime. This allows customers to extend MobileFabric’s capabilities with extensions from the NodeJS community including an array of existing integration adaptors.

Identity Management – Expanded OAuth Provider support

MobileFabric 7.2 expands support of the leading OAuth providers from the application. We now support OAuth from Microsoft, Google, LinkedIn, Instagram Box, Amazon, and Yahoo.

Integration to Third-Party Identity and Authentication Providers

This release provides out-of-the-box integration to Okta (identity) and Siteminder (runtime authentication).

Storage Objects

The Storage Objects functionality released in MobileFabric 7.1 is extended in the 7.2 release to include sync support. Individual storage objects can be enabled for sync.

Logging Service for MobileFabric Services

This version adds improved logging for MobileFabric services including enhanced log capture, management, and export to third-party log management tools. This includes granular log level control and the ability to view logs in real-time.

API Management - Throttling

MobileFabric has been enhancing its API Management capabilities across many of the previous releases. This release allows customers to throttle the number of API calls or transactions made for a given API to protect against denial of service attacks and limit impacts to back-end system performance. While MobileFabric is often used with existing API management solutions, it now provides a comprehensive, stand-alone API management capability bundled in to the solution at no additional cost.

Other Enhancements

Other enhancements in the release include:

  • Support for MobileFabric on MAC OS installer
  • Enhanced publish capabilities
  • Report enhancements for app metrics data
  • Support for large binary (greater than 2-3 MB) in Object Services, Sync, and Integration
  • Non-OAuth testing
  • Administrative server console UX enhancements
  • Enhancements to Engagement Services templates

July 2016 (MobileFabric 7.1)

With this update, we build on the MobileFabric 7.0 release with the addition of Storage Objects and improved integration with JavaScript functions. Storage Objects can greatly simplify application development by providing a dedicated application database running in MobileFabric. The JavaScript integrations accelerate development by allowing developers to leverage existing JavaScript functions or create new capabilities in JavaScript. Other new capabilities include:

Storage Objects

With Storage Objects, applications can run off of a MySQL database running as part of the MobileFabric runtime. It includes an Object Services user interface to allow the database structure and operation to be configured from the MobileFabric console. The ability to quickly define and configure an application database without integration beyond MobileFabric can make creating utility mobile applications very quick and easy.

Engagement Server UX Enhancements

Incorporated customer-requested user experience enhancements for various Engagement pages and functions including:

  • Ad hoc and Events Page
  • Push messaging counts on Status page
  • User import, error reporting, and message templating
  • Additional Android Push Message options
  • Event and GeoBoundary API enhancements

JavaScript Connector

The enhanced JavaScript connector enables creation of integration service operations from JavaScript Functions. JavaScript files can be uploaded as JavaScript Functions and can be mapped in the MobileFabric Console. Developers can now use existing JavaScript functions or extend those functions and easily incorporate and expose them to mobile applications with all the added functions provided by MobileFabric.

Telemetry Improvements

Telemetry capabilities have been improved for on-premises implementations to provide environment details for support cases.

Mobile App for Analytics

A mobile application is now available that allows users to view standard and custom reports, save favorites, invite new users, and manage existing users.

Identity Management – OAuth Testing, AD on Azure, and Single Sign-On

MobileFabric 7.1 improvements to the existing Identity Management feature include the ability to easily test OAuth2 Identity configurations with the ability to login when testing integration. The release also adds a new generic LDAP identity connector and a connector for Active Directory on Microsoft Azure Cloud. Finally, application Single Sign-On (SSO) has been added. In this case an authorized user that has logged on to an initial application can then have the same valid token used for other applicable applications without a unique sign-on.

Launchpad Internationalization

The MobileFabric Launchpad function has been i18n-enabled for easier internationalization of Launchpad content.

Additional MobileFabric 7.1 Release Information

Refer to the MobileFabric 7.1 Release Notes for additional information on the contents of the release.
See the release notes ›

February 2016 (MobileFabric 7.0)

With this release we introduce a new Kony MobileFabric Object Services capability. This initial release of Object Services makes it much easier and faster to either define or automatically generate an application data model from a set of backend data sources. With the new Object Services feature it is easy to create new microservices that can be shared between applications or mapped to new backend data sources. The major new capabilities of MobileFabric 7.0 are described below.

Object Services

MobileFabric Object Services allows users to define or automatically generate an application data model from a set of backend data sources. This includes defining attributes and relationships, visual mapping of the data model to backend objects, and custom mapping and extensions for complex mapping. This includes enhanced support for SAP plus SDK support for Kony Visualizer/Studio and PhoneGap.

API Versioning

With our API management service you can now define, track, and call different versions of a given API integration service. Save as a new major or minor version, clone versions, and document version history. Leverage different API versions for different deployed apps.

Amazon AWS Gateway Integration

With this release we added integration to Amazon AWS Gateway. AWS Gateway provides integration to a range of AWS services including Cognito, Dynamo, Kinesis, Lambda, and S3. The combination of AWS and Kony can provide a powerful solution for IoT or hybrid use cases.

Windows (C#) SDK Support

We have added native support for the Windows SDK making it even easier to leverage client applications built in Visual Studio, Xamarin, or other Windows-based development tools.

Internet of Things (IoT) Support

With this release we add support for the CoAP protocol (both secure and non-secure) to enable support for IoT devices. We also can extend support to MQTT and HTTP 1.1 protocols via our integration with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Gateway to their IoT services capabilities.

Security and Authentication Enhancements

We have added support for OAuth 2.0 and SiteMinder to enhance security and authentication capabilities.

MobileFabric 7.0 Installer

The release includes a unified installer that allows on-premises deployment of all of the required MobileFabric 7.0 components from a single interface. The MobileFabric Installer is available for either Linux or Windows.

Role-Based Access Control Enhancements

This release allows for more granular role-based access control for services and apps including the definition of a no access, a read-only access, and a full access user.

Additional Support Enhancements
  • Angular JS updated from 1.2.2 to 1.4.4.
  • Support for JPush notification.
  • Support for JS pre/post processor.
  • Support to Sync to DB.
  • Support for Active MQ and Java 1.8 on WebLogic, Tomcat, and JBoss.
  • Support for constant and expression scope for HTTP headers.
  • Support for propagating cookies flown from device to backend.
Additional MobileFabric 7.0 Release Information

Refer to the MobileFabric 7.0 Release Notes for additional information on the contents of the release.
See the release notes ›