parse alternatives

Migration from Parse Options

Why would you need a Parse alternative?

You wanted to quickly ramp up a new mobile app, so you chose Parse to get it done. Excellent! It’s one of the oldest Mobile Backend as a Services (MBaaS) available. It’s mature. And it has a ton of great features.

The biggest “con” is that if it ever shuts down, you will have to quickly figure out the migration from Parse options.

Unfortunately, that day has happened. Parse just announced they’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017. That’s it! You have one year to get your stuff and move on. They claim they, “are proud that they’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps”. But not so proud that they will continue the service.

This is a huge transition! Your whole backend has to be migrated to new servers and possibly new software. Maybe you’re thinking about moving to a new BaaS. Parse was not the first to shutdown, nor will it be the last. So, I understand it if you’re a little skittish about using another BaaS at the moment.

Luckily, On3 professional services has already moved a few clients off of cloud service systems like this to their own hosted environments. Most of which ended up being cheaper to maintain. We have also provided staffing of our resources on larger projects through Digital Enablement service.

We’ve got the experience, process and resources that will make move from Parse as easy as possible.

What are some of your options?

First, Parse is releasing a database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app to any MongoDB database. Once in Mongo, you need to build a whole new services layer on a new set of software and servers that has to be maintained. This is no small task and has lots of moving parts. But it will be yours to control, not some CEO of a tech company that you used to trust with your business.

Second, Parse is releasing the open source Parse Server, which lets you run most of the Parse API from your own Node.js server. Once you have your data in your own database, Parse Server lets you keep your application running without major changes in the client-side code. While this gets you off their servers with a “somewhat” functioning API, the software will not be maintained and some critical functionality will be missing.

You have come to rely on Parse, and they are leaving you in the dust. There are a lot of options. Options that can be customized to your business. We are here for you and will strive to make this transition as easy and straightforward as possible.

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One size does not fit all, especially for your business. There are several options across multiple infrastructures, software and languages that could be a fit.

We will advise you on the environment that is best for your business.

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Custom software helps businesses succeed

Enterprise mobility is a series of moving parts. The devices themselves might be a focal point for many people, but it is critical to consider software and systems, as well.

According to Business Spectator contributor James Wooster, one of the biggest hurdles in enterprise mobility initiatives is figuring out how best to marry legacy environments and modern tools.

“On one hand, establishing seamless and secure integration with back-end systems is crucial to leveraging existing investments and avoiding building new IT silos,” Wooster wrote. “On the other hand, due to their complexity, such projects may quickly become big cost drivers. The key to driving cost efficiency is to provide an end-to-end solution for building cross-platform enterprise mobile apps, which are tightly integrated with the existing infrastructure.”

The most effective way to accomplish this is through custom software development. Integrating is difficult enough without having to deal with a program that might not be able to meet every need an organization has. Creating applications that are designed for the company that will be using them is a key component of success.

‘Made for mobile’ a clear winner
It should be noted that just because software is custom, however, doesn’t make it effective for the modern office. Existing solutions may not be “made for mobile,” according to CloudTweaks contributor Andronikos Nedos. This may involve implementing the cloud in order to make sure that apps are as agile and flexible as possible.

But selecting a prepackaged solution is not as convenient as it might sound. It’s important for organizations to invest in custom mobile app development. These kinds of programs are better suited for the companies that are planning to leverage them and lack some of the broad development strokes that other applications might have been built with.

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Applications are key to enterprise mobility

While devices themselves play an important role in enterprise mobility, they are not the focus anymore. It is generally understood that one of two kinds of smartphones will enter the workplace and businesses don’t have to provide them like they used to. Professionals, in turn, need to be supported with effective applications that are designed specifically for the organization in question.

“The last 12 months in enterprise mobility have been fascinating,” wrote AppsTechNews contributor James Bourne. “BYOD has become increasingly entrenched in organizational policy, yet there are still – rightly – security concerns, with the source of blame not pointed so much at malware and hackers, but employees mislaying data through error or ignorance.”

This is prevented by making sure that the right programs are in place for use by staffers. The best solution for the job, however, is going to vary by company. This is why custom software development will be so critical to success in the coming year.

Enterprises trying to increase productivity
According to Computer Weekly contributor Alex Scroxton, recent research shows that the main reason for enterprise mobility software investments is a desire to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. The Enterprise Mobility Exchange found that 70 percent of business buyers have sought out applications for this very reason.

Modern professionals understand how smartphones can streamline their daily tasks. There is an incredible amount of productivity that can be unlocked through these devices, but it is only possible with software that improves the user experience in some way.

Custom mobile app development has to be capable of producing programs that live up to the expectations of the people that will be using it. Unless enterprise software has business professionals in mind from the get-go, it is not likely to succeed.

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Enterprise Mobility takes center stage in 2015

Enterprise Mobility

It should be no surprise that mobility is of vital importance to enterprise. Regardless of if an application is customer- or employee-facing in nature, it is essential to develop effective applications that help to streamline the user experience.

With this in mind, the next year is going to be a make or break moment for many companies that have yet to deploy custom software solutions. According to Insurance Networking contributor Beth Bacheldor, it will be an especially big deal for professionals to be supplied with effective mobile apps.

“The ‘mobility mismatch’ between employers and employees will persist, even as enterprise IT departments become more accustomed to consumerization,” she said, citing a recent report from the researchers at Ovum. “For example, the rate of BYOD behavior continues to grow, but it is not being embraced by IT at nearly the same rate.”

Enterprises need to get serious in 2015 about mobility if they have not already. Now that more people understand what is possible to accomplish with their smartphones and tablets, they expect to be supported as employees and patrons by the organizations they interact with. The only way to accomplish this effectively will be to invest in custom software development.

Wearables will need to be considered
With the holiday season approaching fast, it’s likely that a great deal of people will be getting wearable devices as gifts this year. There has been a significant amount of excitement built up around these tools in the consumer sphere, and businesses are going to need to figure out how best to embrace them.

But while a great deal of adoptions will likely come in personal forms, wearables will find their most practical uses in the workplace.

“If 2014 was the year wearable technologies learned to walk, then 2015 is the year they’ll run,” wrote InformationWeek contributor Shane O’Neill. “And it’s inside the enterprise where wearables will pick up speed.”

O’Neill cites recent research from Forrester regarding the level of focus that organizations are planning to have on wearables in the coming year. Worldwide, 68 percent of companies view wearables as “a priority”. More than half of respondents that fell into this category went so far as to classify it as a “moderate, high or critical priority.”

These are the businesses that will help to set the tone in the new year. Wearables are expected to follow a much similar path that smartphones did, and being prepared this time around will help to circumvent many of the headaches that came with the first wave of IT consumerization. This will mean building wearable considerations into existing or impending custom mobile app development strategies.

2015 will be a proving ground
It’s hard to imagine a lack of mobile support being acceptable in a year’s time. This means that 2015 may be the last possible moment to get with the times and enable proper applications for consumers and employees. This will, on one level, mean making sure that wearables are a serious consideration.

But regardless of what the task or who the audience is, it will be essential to have custom software solutions that are built for the company in question.

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Resolve for enterprise mobility in the new year

Businesses are already expected to have an interesting 2015. The rise of mobile devices in the workplace has totally redefined enterprise operations, and the coming year is anticipated to be a proving ground for organizations that have yet to figure out just how best to embrace change.

Enterprise Mobility

“Despite the fact that the iPhone was first released in 2007, and virtually every employee today carries a smartphone, many companies have only scratched the surface of mobile app development,” wrote TechCrunch contributor Ron Miller. “Big businesses with big bucks still often crudely force enterprise applications into a mobile package with little thought. Fewer still have developed imaginative custom apps that take advantage of the device, or designed a coherent mobile strategy for the organization.”

Software-fueled innovation is going to be critical in 2015. Businesses need to examine their operations and find ways in which software can be developed to streamline common practices. This will generally require an investment in custom software development, as pre-constructed solutions are rarely able to consider the nuances of individual offices.

Mobile applications on the rise
According to IT-Online, recent research shows that the new year will be loaded with enterprise mobility resolutions. A study conducted by IDC found that at least 25 percent of software budgets within any given organization will be allocated for mobile development specifically. Much of this has to do with the agility that smartphone and tablet apps can provide for the companies that use them. Decision-makers are beginning to understand that the key to success in the mobile age is not reliant on allowing personal devices in the workplace, but outfitting them with the right programs for the job.

New Year’s is the perfect time to step back and evaluate what need to happen in order to stay ahead of the competition. In 2015, this will mean seeking out custom mobile app development.

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