Appcelerator Named OnMobile 100 Company of the Year
Appcelerator is a cloud-based, enterprise-grade, cross-platform mobile development solution. Its development platform, Titanium, lets developers build fully native, cross-platform mobile apps by either using their existing coding skills or adding the Titanium API to their Web framework toolkit.
The Titanium product suite provides several features that make it particularly attractive to mobile app developers, including support for a wide variety of standards-based Web technologies, a platform-independent API, native access to standard mobile functions, and extensibility through open interfaces and licensing.
What really makes this company a standout is that, with its acquisition of Cocoafish this year, Appcelerator has pushed to attract a new audience of developers by adding cloud services, even if developers aren’t using Appcelerator’s Titanium development suite. Instead of the headache of setting up and managing their own cloud servers on Amazon or Google, developers can connect to Appcelerator’s feature set, giving them access to features like user management, photo storing and sharing, check-ins and location services, social integration, and so on. Because the service is available to any developer, regardless of development platform, Appcelerator is on its way to creating a mobile development platform that can provide service to all developers, not just the ones using Titanium.
Currently, Appcelerator Cloud Services uses a freemium model that can scale depending now much an app accesses the cloud service. Other competitors in this space offer similar services, but Appcelerator is unique in that it also offers its own application development framework. For small developers, Appcelerator’s cloud package gives them the ability to focus on developing their apps and focusing on innovation instead of infrastructure.
The company has attracted some serious venture backing since its launch in 2008. Three series investments from top-tier VCs, including Mayfield Fund, Sierra Ventures, and Translink Capital, plus three additional venture rounds bring total investment to $47 million. As opportunity continues to explode in the mobile app market, strong, reliable development and deployment platforms are going to be the bedrock upon which developers build their dreams. Appcelerator’s unique blend of a reliable, robust development platform and cloud-based infrastructure make it a natural choice.