Appcelerator Buys Singly in Data Mobilization Play

In a move to beef up its ability to mobilize diverse data sources, Appcelerator has snapped up Singly. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Singly is an API integration management company. Adding its tech to the Appcelerator mix will boost its capabilities for opening data sources to make them readily consumable by mobile apps running on any device.

"APIs are the lifeblood of mobility, giving developers access to the data and services needed to build amazing apps," said Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator. "With Singly's API integration management joined to the Appcelerator product line, customers can much more easily unlock public and enterprise data sources, making available a rich layer of services on which to build transformative native apps that run on any device."

Singly's Singular Promise

Here's some background: Mobile apps require a different programming interface than traditional web applications to access data sources and services. Mobile APIs must deliver payloads optimized for consumption on smaller screens, and must translate traditional interface formats such as XML into modern ones such as JSON. Battery and bandwidth considerations drive the need for rate limiting as well.

Singly works to drive data portability for mobile. The company's DataFabric product normalizes data on behalf of the apps it serves, functioning as an abstraction layer for a large number of APIs, including LinkedIn, Yammer, PayPal, Dropbox, Google Calendar, Facebook, and Twitter.

This abstraction layer also shields developers from having to adjust their apps every time something changes in one of these underlying APIs. Singly provides a palette of pre-built API integrations, and will soon release an SDK for developers. These capabilities, in conjunction with Appcelerator's portfolio of pre-built mobile cloud services, promise to reduce the time, complexity and cost of connecting apps to both public and private services and data sources.

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