Editor’s Note: Highlight: Discussing the affect Apple CloudKit and Swift may have on IT shops and the developer’s take on open source. — AW
Last week, we did our fourth TNS Analysts show and had a long discussion about Apple’s CloudKit and Swift, the new PaaS and programming language.
Joining us were Michael Cote of 451 Research and our guest, Sravish Sridhar, CEO of Kinvey, a backend service provider. Kinvey is a founding sponsor of the New Stack. Fellow co-host Donnie Berkholz could not make the show.
Here’s the recording:
And some show notes:
- Apple has no way to manage the pool of data so apps can work together.
- Does CloudKit have the enterprise pedigree? No.
- There are kits — lots of kits.
- What makes a great backend and frontend?
- Things gets dicey when authentication enters the picture.
- Apple’s distinct strategy is to own everything.
- It is difficult for a single ecosystem approach to work.
- Enterprises are just starting to understand how to fundamentally change their businesses with mobile. They were just starting to hire Objective-C developers, and now they have to find people with Swift experience.
- Flexibility, not lock-in, is the biggest issue.
- The kits represent Apple’s mobile land grab.
- Developers love Swift and don’t really care about open versus closed technologies.
- At the UI layer, not much exciting stuff is coming from the open-source community.
- What will be the business driver that will determine who wins in the market?
Kinvey is a founding sponsor of The New Stack.
Feature image via CNET.