A large percentage of application development is devoted to making the connections to the backend business systems. Part of RhoMobile Suite, RhoConnect substantially reduces this effort by creating and managing those connections for you, including tracking data to be synced when offline users obtain a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
With RhoConnect, you can simultaneously connect your application to many data sources just as easily as you can connect to one data source — including enterprise back-end customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, web services, databases and much more. Even if new fields are added, RhoConnect updates your RhoMobile applications — no programming required. For tutorials and reference information on RhoConnect, please visit RhoMobile Suite documentation center. To engage with, and become part of our developer community, visit Zebra Technologies' Launchpad.
A sophisticated synchronization engine tracks the data that is on each device when users are offline, automatically identifying and synchronizing only the data that has changed on both mobile devices and backend application servers — instead of entire databases. The synchronization is completely transparent to users and minimal data is exchanged during sync activities, protecting the performance of the application, the mobile device and the wireless network.
Simply add RhoConnect plug-ins to your Ruby on Rails, .NET or Java application and RhoConnect does the rest. The plug-ins have the intelligence needed to make the appropriate data connections – zero touch required.
RhoConnect’s Metadata framework allows new information to be added to any backend business application – without requiring you to modify your RhoElements applications. The next time a data sync is performed, any new fields will automatically appear in the correct application. Not only do you save on development time, but a change in a backend system will not cause RhoElements applications to malfunction, protecting application performance.
RhoConnect is the first mobile integration server to use the modern "NoSQL" approach to data storage instead of the typical relational database. So as the volume of data in your business systems grows, instead of scaling up by purchasing faster servers and more memory, you can simply scale "out" by storing data in the available space on the many servers deployed throughout the company – no matter where in the world they are located