Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Persistent expands mobile application development capabilities with Apple iPhone Center of Excellence

PUNE, INDIA: Persistent Systems, a leader in software product development services, today announced the creation of a dedicated Center of Excellence (CoE) for application development on the Apple iPhone platform.

The CoE supports Persistent’s vision to be the preferred engineering partner enabling customers to build customized mobile applications on the iPhone platform.

Through the CoE, which includes a fully equipped lab facility, Persistent will build ready-to-use, re-useable building blocks that save 20-40 percent of development efforts and solution accelerators to reduce time-to-market.

The company’s engineers have already created automation tools and frameworks that accelerate development, porting, interoperability testing and certification of mobile applications. Currently, over 350+ engineers work exclusively on a variety of mobile platforms to develop over 50 product releases per year for carrier-grade and enterprise class applications.

The iPhone 3G, launched in July 2008, has sold over 5.2 million units per quarter with users downloading more than 1.5 billion applications from the App Store in its first year.

The versatility offered by iPhone 3G has leading organizations evaluating various alternatives for the development of enterprise mobility and workforce automation solutions. Persistent’s mobility practice team has already successfully developed a number of browser-based and native applications.

Most recently, Persistent developed the image puzzle game Jumble. A native iPhone application, Persistent’s Jumble has been designed from the ground up to leverage iPhone’s unique interface. The game is supported on iPhone (version 2.2 onwards) operating system and has received 4+ rating from iPhone users.

"The Apple iPhone has revolutionized the smart phone market," said Hari Haran, president, Persistent Systems Inc. "Persistent is committed to staying ahead of the curve and our team has in-depth understanding of the iPhone application software development ecosystem. We are excited about the new CoE with exclusive focus on iPhone application development. Organizations can leverage our expertise for performance enhancement and consistent user experience with exceptional quality."

With more than a decade of experience in mobile application development, Persistent also has the expertise to certify and upload iPhone applications to the APPLE AppStore.

The company has expertise in all major mobile platforms, including iPhone, BREW, J2ME, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Palm, Embedded Linux and BlackBerry, and is a member of the Android Open Handset Alliance. Persistent’s Mobility practice recently released two new applications in the Android Open Mobile platform: ‘Knight Tour,’ a chess game and ‘World of Web,’ (WoW) an application, thus enabling partner companies to expedite development on the rich and evolving mobile platform.

Persistent’s mobility capabilities include:
• Expertise in developing carrier grade/enterprise class applications, including push-email, social networking, enterprise mobility and PIM services

• Expertise in porting device applications

• Expertise in developing applications, as well as protocol stacks

• Expertise in device testing and certification

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