Rhomobile – Open Source Mobile App Framework

I've been thinking about the opportunity and challenge of developing for the Mobile Enterprise.   If the future state of enterprise apps includes being device agnostic, then the current model of developing mobile enterprise apps for Windows, or iPhone, or Blackberry, or Symbian, or Android needs to change.  Rhomobile seems to be a step in the right direction.

InfoQ offers a video of Adam Blum, CEO of Rhomobile, the open mobile framework company. Blum has been founder/CTO/VP of Engineering of several successful startups in the web services and mobile spaces including Commerce One, Systinet, Good and Mobio. He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and advisor to several other software companies.

From the Rhomobile site, they highlight their core value prop of productivity, performance and portability to mobilize the enterprise:

Rho Productivity  Rhomobile Graphic Rho Portability

The core of Rhomobile's offering is the open source mobile app framework Rhodes. Rhodes lets you quickly build native mobile applications for all smartphones: iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android. These are true native device applications which work with synchronized local data and take advantage of device capabilities such as GPS, PIM contacts and camera. 

A separate open source server-based component,  RhoSync, can be used to facilitate automatic synchronization of backend enterprise app data to the mobile device.

RhoHub, is a "Development As A Service" for mobile that enables developers to build and host their mobile apps online

It seems to me that Rhomobile is a step in the right direction to delivering device agnostic enterprise applications.  It will be interesting to watch how Rhomobile evolves and gains traction.

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