Mobilizing consumer and employee apps in the enterprise can be a lot more complicated and time-consuming than originally envisioned. It takes time to develop a business case, plan a technical solution and implement it. Worse, IT will likely discover that the applications to be mobilized have no documented APIs, so the applications have to be rewritten. As a result, mobile-enabling enterprise Web applications often takes two or three years and costs millions of dollars, resulting in critical loss in customer expectations and employee efficiency. Kapow Software helps customers get to market faster and cheaper than they ever thought possible, without the need to change a single line of code in their applications. Often, projects are completed in a matter of weeks.
“Kapow Software’s approach is truly revolutionary,” said Stefan Andreasen, CTO of Kapow Software. “There’s no need to rewrite these applications and no dependency on external application owners to provide APIs. Customers can now wrap their applications in Kapow to rapidly enable them for delivery to iPhones, iPads, Androids and other mobile devices without rewriting code.”
Kapow pioneered browser-based data integration for rapid mobile-enablement of any application to any device, which radically improves the ROI of projects involving enterprise, Web and cloud applications. The patented Kapow Extraction Browser is purpose-built to automatically and precisely extract, transform, integrate and deliver data from virtually any source on the Web, in the cloud, or across the enterprise, faster, cheaper and more accurately than any other method—all without requiring existing APIs.
“Kapow Katalyst sets new industry standards for time-to-market on complex data integration, application and mobile-enablement projects,” said Andreasen. “Our success with companies like Audi and Commerzbank makes it clear that our innovative mobile-enablement solution resonates with IT executives looking for efficient ways to meet customer’s impatient demands to rapidly extend their business to mobile.”
Rather than spending months or years trying to provide mobile access to legacy B2C and B2E applications, Audi was able to mobile-enable four line-of-business applications in one week, one of which was an assembly-line application. Before the application was mobilized, the assembly-line manager had to monitor cars in production on a computer in his office, which took him away from the assembly line. With Kapow, Audi was able to mobile-enable the application in less than eight hours, enabling the employee to access the application from his smartphone without leaving the assembly line.
“Line-of-business managers are demanding greater speed to market to keep their companies competitive,” said Andreasen. “And unless information is near real-time, it’s old news. Only companies who deliver on their employees and customers expectations for mobile access will succeed.”
Commerzbank turned to Kapow for competitive reasons. It was under pressure from competing banks to provide mobile banking access to customers. The bank’s Web platform, which consisted of a number of technology platforms, took several systems integrators many years to develop. If Commerzbank had assigned developers to rewrite the Web platform, the project would have taken years to complete and required significant investment. Instead, Commerzbank used Kapow’s instant Web services to develop a fully functional mobile website in just 35 days without making significant changes to the underlying system.
Using Kapow Software technology, Commerzbank was able to wrap its banking application as an API to be consumed by a new smartphone front end. The business logic and application data are connected through the browser front end, and then the logic and data are exposed as a standard Web service. Because Commerzbank was able to decouple old and new HTML via a Web service layer it was able to implement mobile-friendly, innovative new workflows and functions that did not exist in the original banking application.
“The old one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work because applications need to deliver native interfaces to more end points like smartphones and iPads,” said Andreasen. “The explosion of distributed data and applications means a significant increase in IT project complexity and data access barriers. We help customers discover what agile really means.”
Nearly 500 customers, including AT&T, Audio, Intel, Morgan Stanley, Vodafone and dozens of federal agencies, rely on Kapow for Web data collection, mobile-enabling Web applications, cloud and Web app integration, content migration, business intelligence, comparison pricing, process automation, social media monitoring, and much more.
For more information about Kapow Software, the Kapow Katalyst Platform, and the Kapow Extraction Browser, visit www.KapowSoftware.com.