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Why You Should Upgrade to Kony V8

If you’re an existing Kony customer, Kony V8 isn’t just another upgrade with minor improvements and bug fixes. Instead, it’s a reimagining of how Visualizer and Fabric work together—and separately—allowing you to create apps faster and more seamlessly than ever before, across native and web.

The V8 release of Kony Visualizer and Kony Fabric is expressly developed with the intent to enable an RMAD (Rapid Mobile Application Development), low code application development experience, greatly reducing your application development time, and extending application development to a broader base of low code users. Staying true to the motto “Start fast, Stay fast, Without compromises,” the full stack enables rapid development all the way from Visualizer to Fabric while introducing other significant enablers.

Kony Visualizer

At the heart of the V8 release for Visualizer is the component building blocks and component architecture. With Visualizer v8, you can now build and standardize your applications with easy to use application components. Components are modular building blocks which expose configuration properties for users, enabling a “low code” workflow. They are built on a component architecture, which exposes properties, custom APIs, and custom lifecycle events. Components include all of the UI, functionality, and back-end Fabric services which encapsulate end to end capabilities of an application. The V8 release of Visualizer also includes a bundled library of the most frequently used UX elements within the Visualizer palette, which adhere to the most up to date Apple and iOS UI guidelines.

Version 8 of Visualizer Enterprise has also undergone extensive performance tuning, resulting in a 20% increase in performance across the board, including project load times, application canvas interaction, and application build times.

The Kony Marketplace

To turbo-charge component-based architecture and to get you started at an extraordinary pace, the V8 release includes a platform for hosting and sharing reusable software assets, called Marketplace: the key here being the inclusion of 100+ software assets, the majority of which are end to end components that span the most frequently used application capabilities. The marketplace may be accessed directly within Visualizer, and assets may be imported directly into the collections palette. Lastly, components support all features you’ve become used to, such as NFI (which now supports C-style pointers) and Cordova integration – including the ability to integrate Kony Fabric services.

The Marketplace is seeded with 100+ assets including Visualizer components, Fabric data adapters (connectors to various third-party back-end services), sample applications, JS code modules, and more. Users may also submit application assets into the public marketplace, or the new private marketplace.

Private Marketplace

With v8, we have introduced a private Maretplace platform. This platform enables your business to standardize all of your Kony app platform assets into a privately held repository, which will not be available to users of the Kony public marketplace. These assets are isolated to users of your specific Kony cloud account. The Private Marketplace is especially useful if you have a large number of apps/projects running in parallel.

Kony Fabric

Kony Mobile Fabric is now known as Kony Fabric, part of the Kony AppPlatform, and is enhanced with a wide range of capabilities to empower your projects. Fabric comes with several built-in connectors to various back-end services and also allows for the import of even more connectors from the Marketplace, while also allowing a simple self-service integration of back-end services using OpenAPI/RAML standards. Just like with Visualizer components, data adapters created by you can be contributed to the public or a private marketplace.

A grounds-up, new capability of Fabric is API management. With Fabric, you can now create Developer Portals around your APIs, with your own branding and customization. You can manage users and access to environments from right within the portal. You can also browse and test your APIs with auto- generated documentation. Also, your APIs can be securely offered via oAuth 2.0 to your developers.

Kony Fabric V8 offers a simplified approach for offline data support using the virtual object model to enable the client SDK to automatically store and manage offline data on the client device. You can:

  • Configure bi-directional offline data sync at the object level
  • Configure conflict resolution
  • Easily test, audit and report on data synchronization traffic
  • Multi-thread within the client SDK for improved performance

Kony Fabric enhances all of the features you’ve come to love from the previous releases:

  • Fabric now allows you to visually map back-end fields directly into your app in Visual Designer
  • Configure Multi-Factor-Authentication for users/Accounts using Google Authenticator tokens
  • Schedule authenticated services and notify users on failure
  • Fabric SDK now supports binary downloads for Windows 10
  • Engagement Server has enhanced configuration, import, and export options

App Factory

As your digital roadmap expands, and you are building a portfolio of apps, or are building several versions of a flagship app, you will want Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment, or CICD. The Kony App Factory is a fully automated CICD-enabling, end-to-end product designed for companies with large numbers of apps in production. AppFactory is Jenkins-based and can address all your CI and CD needs.

While this is by no means a full feature list of all the great new capabilities of Kony AppPlatform V8, it’s easy to see that we’ve been hard at work improving upon our platform so that you can create the best apps possible.

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