When I see value though, I want to point it out. MEAP is one of those rare acronyms that seems to be vastly underestimated by the majority of the industry. The term itself seems to have come from Analyst firm Gartner in a paper published in April 2011 (Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms, Michael J. King, William Clark). I believe I read somewhere that Gartner believes over 95% of the technology industry will use some form of MEAP by 2012. When I try to research this topic on Google, very little information comes up. Regardless of the title, let’s explore what a MEAP is and what it does.
In their paper, “The rule of three” is used as a quantifier for identifying when this functionality might be of interest. Quoting from Gartner (via Wikipedia):
The Rule of Three refers to a concept developed by analyst firm Gartner, whereby companies are encouraged to consider the MEAP approach to mobility when they need their mobile solutions to:
- Support three or more mobile applications
- Support three or more mobile operating systems (OS)
- Integrate with at least three back-end data sources
According to Gartner, using a common mobility platform, like a MEAP, brings considerable savings and strategic advantages in this situation.
Read the full article at http://technoracle.blogspot.com/2012/02/understanding-meap-mobile-enterprise.html.