Data management and integration

In a sense, the weather information, geolocation information, cognitive natural language interaction, and video are all digital data, in one form or another. While cloud services for mobile apps that manage and deliver these kinds of new and innovative data content are inspiring and leading edge, cloud components are still needed to handle more traditional forms of data for the app also.

There are dozens of cloud services that offer to manage and deliver your traditional structured data via SQL relational database queries. There are further dozens that offer to handle your unstructured data, regardless of format. Before selecting a cloud backend service to handle your mobile app data, you should carefully consider the service specifications and ensure that they match the non-functional needs of your app. These non-functional considerations include security, scalability and performance. There are plenty of data management services to choose from, but it can be a major headache to switch from one to the other once the mobile app has been developed and put under production load.

Some of the data for your mobile app may originate or reside in repositories outside of your organization. In that case, you will need a mobile app service for integration of those data sources with your app. There are several cloud services that offer the ability to very easily wire outside data sources into your mobile app. These services specialize in data integration, rather than storage and management of data.

What mobile cloud services are offered by IBM to support data management?

The IBM cloud platform offers a huge range of services that can support your mobile app data management needs. There are storage services of several types (Cloudant NoSQL, MongoDB, MySQL, dashDB, Cloud Object Storage, etc), optimized for particular data structure (or unstructured, as the case may be). There are services that apply analytics to the data captured by your mobile app. There are services that help your users search and query the data; convert the data; clean and “de-duplicate” the data; and migrate data from one data management service to another.

These cloud services can help your mobile app development team accelerate the assembly and delivery of the app, while maintaining very sophisticated features for data analysis.