What does Tangoe’s Managed Mobility Services (MMS) platform have in common with sites like Hulu, Twitter, Groupon, Soundcloud, Github and Shopify? The answer is a flexible, efficient, and continuously improving software development framework called Ruby on Rails.
MMS Platform Flexibility
To create as robust a mobility management management platform as possible, our development team members need to bring more than one specialization to the table. We’ve found that Ruby on Rails developers tend to have a varied skillset with multiple disciplines and backgrounds.
Enterprise Technology Management (ETM) is hurtling itself away from static information hubs of the past toward more dynamic and interactive models. Ruby on Rails makes this transition much easier for businesses to undertake, as its users can cater MMS platform capabilities to customer-specific demands with ease.
Ruby on Rails is an open source software development framework, making it much more flexible than its competition. Because it runs on Linux (a free operating system available to the public), its users enjoy a stable solution that works with an ever-increasing variety of databases and web servers thanks to an impressively large volunteer development community.
Most of its tools are open source and free to use as well, giving developers excellent support and their software platforms the ability to satisfy virtually any business need or desire. The Ruby on Rails community continuously develops code for additional Application Programming Interface (API) communication, expanding this already impressive and diverse toolbox on a daily basis.
Consistent structure and methodology when writing code within this framework makes communication from one developer to another seamless, and makes learning curves much less steep when projects are handed off to another team or department. Ruby on Rails makes no assumption about how to transform coding logic into an output, offering more control, flexibility and overall potential to its software development than other frameworks provide.
MMS Platform Efficiency
Organizations like Tangoe that utilize Ruby on Rails enjoy much nimbler market delivery of MMS platform features and custom developments than Java or .Net users. This is because our framework operates with leaner code bases, reduced redundancy potential and a modular design that re-uses existing code whenever possible to prevent built-from-scratch solutions and wasted time.
Ruby on Rails is also able to model out software before it’s completed, expediting overall project development efforts while simultaneously reducing costs and avoiding potential security or performance issues. Its language is user-friendly and concise, making development easier and more understandable for those working within its environment.
Because the framework’s source code is open and available publicly, security vulnerabilities are uncovered and patched quickly (often within the same day). Ruby on Rails even features optional integrated testing capabilities, allowing developers to test a mobility management platform before implementation without external plugins or third-party tools. This saves valuable development time and prevents stress about potential complications on or after launch.
Ruby on Rails fosters a collaborative approach to solving problems, resulting in adaptive planning and development, rapid delivery schedules, accurate scope for improvement, and flexible responses. This framework is focused on accomplishing tasks, not writing code, making it well-equipped for painless code re-use or experimentation.
As long as developers follow Ruby on Rails’ coding rules, its “convention not configuration” approach frees them from mundane tasks other software development toolkits cannot. The Ruby on Rails framework does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to database automation, communication and implementation, leaving developers to focus on more important efforts and not simple task micromanagement.
MMS Platform Continuous Improvement
Much like our own software team, the Ruby on Rails community at-large is composed of innovative thinkers and entrepreneurial mindsets. This community is constantly creating and refining code and software solutions, facilitating growth and creative problem solving within professional development teams that utilize the Ruby on Rails framework.
As a result, there is a plethora of blogs, podcasts, video tutorials, code libraries, and language and framework improvements publicly available that provide continuous software updates and improvements. This means that, unlike most companies, Ruby on Rails users can release proactive MMS platform updates multiple times per day rather than adhering to a slow, more reactive release schedule.
Like many other business solutions, the best software development option isn’t always the most utilized one. Customers demand flexibility, efficiency, and continuous improvement from our MMS platform; we expect the same from our software development framework. That’s why we chose Ruby on Rails, a solution that only 0.3% of websites currently use.
Don’t take my word for it; talk to one of Tangoe’s ETM experts and discover the difference a Ruby on Rails-powered MMS platform can make for your organization.