What's new in Kony Fabric

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December 2017 (Kony Fabric V8 Service Pack 1)

In this release we looked internally to make our engineering process more robust. For you, Fabric is more robust than ever. In addition to making Fabric robust we added some cool new features.

API Management – On Premise Deployments:

Kony Fabric API Management capability has been added to On Premise Deployments. You can create API Developer Portals, provide access to your API Developer Portals and create oAuth Provider on your enterprise identities from On Premise Deployments.

Configuration Parameters:

No more properties files for your parameters in app services custom code. You can define a set of configuration parameters for your runtime to be accessed from your custom code in Server Applications. Admin Console provides an interface for defining the parameters

Documentation of APIs:

Documentation for all your APIs is now auto generated in Industry Standard OAS (Swagger) format. You can download the API documentation for your services right from Admin Console.

Your App model for Object services can be exported as beautiful html document

Offline Objects Enhancements:

Offline Objects now supports batching upload requests and cascade delete based on object hierarchy. Significant improvements in Exception Handling. All the native exceptions are cascaded to JS layer for better debugging. Your SQL lite database for storing the Offline Objects can now be encrypted

Testing Custom code:

You can now test all integration service operations with custom code in pre and post processors right from Fabric console.

App Factory Test Console:

App Factory Test console is now integrated with Fabric Console. All your application test automation results from App Factory setup can be accessed from Fabric Console Access all feature details from Release Notes

September 2017 (Kony Fabric V8)

Kony MobileFabric has been renamed to Kony Fabric in Version 8 to recognize its expansion beyond a mobile backend into a leading hybrid integration platform spanning API Management, Enterprise Integration, and Mobile Backend Services.

API Developer Portal Creation

Create one or more API Developer Portals to enable internal and external development teams to easily discover and use your APIs.

  • User Access Control
  • Add custom pages/content
  • Personalize the look & feel
  • Manage access to environments
API Developer Portal Access

Development teams can browse and test APIs using standard Open API Spec style interface.

  • Generated documentation is always up to date with the selected runtime
  • Test directly from the portal
  • Download client SDKs
API Security

Configure API security using your existing identity providers, social identity, a built-in user repository, or API Keys

  • Use numerous identity connectors to existing systems
  • Configure fine grain security policies per API
  • Generate API keys
OAuth 2.0 Provider

Create a standard OAuth 2.0 Provider to secure your APIs. Connect user authentication to any backend identity API or the built-in user repository.

  • Easily expose industry standard OAuth 2.0 to your clients
  • Validate userid/password against existing repositories
  • Support for multiple grant types

Visual Data Mapper

Enhancements to Object Services to further simplify API design, virtual object model management and data mapping/transformation.

  • Visually map virtual object models to existing APIs
  • Drag & Drop data transformation functions
  • Easily test mappings and transformations in the console
Offline Objects

A simplified approach for offline data support using the virtual object model to enable the client SDK to automatically store and manage offline data on the client device.

  • Configure bi-directional offline data sync at the object level
  • Configure conflict resolution
  • Easily test, audit and report on data synchronization traffic
  • Multi-threading support within the client SDK for improved performance
Docker Support

Developer and Production grade Docker container for simplified deployment

Productivity Enhancements
  • Control client app log level from the backend server. Capture and correlate client app logs with server logs
  • Connector for IBM MQ
  • Additional aggregation options in funnel based reporting
  • Simplified client app deployments to the embedded enterprise app service

Free Starter Edition

Free forever cloud hosted edition available to everyone. Just signup on

  • One free runtime environment
  • Up to 100 users of your app or 30 requests per second
Kony Marketplace Integration

Import additional data connectors from Kony Marketplace directly from the Fabric Console.

  • Easily browse & search
  • View connector documentation
  • Import connectors and use them just like existing built-in connectors
Build New Connectors

Create your own packaged Fabric connectors to share directly from the Fabric Console.

  • Configure and test your new connector from the Fabric Console
  • Document operations and APIs
  • Package, download and import directly into Kony Marketplace
Cloud Hosting Enhancements
  • Multi-factor authentication support at the user and account level
  • Auto email notification on API health check or schedule job failures

April 2017 (MobileFabric 7.3)

In this release, we add a powerful visual mapper to our Object Services capability that allows drag and drop mapping and transformation of the back-end data source to the front-end client app data model to further accelerate back-end integration. Additionally, MobileFabric includes numerous new built-in connectors and a Data Adapter SDK to quickly build new connectors to any system along with numerous other productivity enhancements.

Object Services Visual Designer

MobileFabric’s Object Services now includes a visual designer for configuring request/response mapping and data transformation. This provides a visual representation of both the front-end client app data model and the back-end data objects discovered through MobileFabric connectors. The visual designer allows point-and-click mapping between the frontend and backend along with powerful data transformation and business logic when needed. This further accelerates the ability of the back-end developer to configure back-end integration and makes it much easier to understand and maintain the mappings over time.

Location and Context Triggered Engagement

MobileFabric Engagement Services now provides the ability to manage thousands of geoboundaries and associate events, business logic, or metadata with each location to drive a rich contextual user engagement. The back-end server and the client SDK automatically manage the geoboundary list and trigger app events as the user enters and exits defined locations. This capability enables apps to “wake up” and engage the user when the right location and context rules are met even if the app is offline.

Custom Analytics Dashboard

In addition to the existing standard dashboards in the MobileFabric console, administrators can now configure custom dashboards to include any standard or custom report widget based on client and/or server metrics. The custom dashboard widgets can also be configured to pull in external data from a URL to combine MobileFabric analytics with other analytics in a unified dashboard.

New Connectors and a Data Adapter SDK

The Salesforce, RAML, MongoDB, and Relational Database connectors are now supported by Object Services including full offline sync capabilities. A new connector for OpenAPI (Swagger) is now available for both Integration and Object Services to easily discover or import API definitions that follow the OpenAPI spec. Customers and Partners can now easily build their own MobileFabric connectors by using the Data Adapter SDK and import it directly into their MobileFabric Console.

Identity Services Enhancements

Additional enhancements to Identity Services further extends the advanced back-end security and enterprise identity connectivity available in MobileFabric. When testing APIs from the MobileFabric consoles, the user will be automatically prompted to login to any required back-end identity provider to retrieve the required back-end tokens to execute a successful API test, which significantly speeds up the overall API testing effort. The back-end developer can also configure APIs to utilize the user’s secure identity session managed by MobileFabric to retrieve user profile information as an input to APIs instead of trusting the input from the client, which significantly improves API security. Lastly, the Identity Services now follow the microservices deployment model of MobileFabric providing fine grain control when publishing identity service updates across various runtime environments.

Scheduled Jobs and API Healthchecks

The MobileFabric runtime now provides the ability to schedule jobs that invoke any published service on a configurable interval. The service input and the criteria for a successful execution can be configured allowing administrators to schedule automated tasks or continuously verify the health of services.

Publish History and Rollback

Each publish now maintains a history containing the full log and deployment package allowing administrators to see how the runtime environment has been updated over time and easily rollback to any previous release if needed.

Console Usability Improvements

Numerous user experience improvements and developer productivity enhancements have been added to the MobileFabric consoles including enhanced management of custom jars and data adapters, improvements in the service testing interfaces, and the ability to apply changes to multiple services at once.

October 2016 (MobileFabric 7.2)

In this release we add the ability to leverage the NodeJS open source community to extend the capabilities of MobileFabric by enabling it to run on a NodeJS-based JavaScript runtime. We have also added a key enhancement to our API management solution that should allow customers to use the included feature for most API management use cases short of monetizing APIs with third parties.

NodeJS Support

MobileFabric services can now run on a NodeJS-based JavaScript runtime. This allows customers to extend MobileFabric’s capabilities with extensions from the NodeJS community including an array of existing integration adaptors.

Identity Management – Expanded OAuth Provider support

MobileFabric 7.2 expands support of the leading OAuth providers from the application. We now support OAuth from Microsoft, Google, LinkedIn, Instagram Box, Amazon, and Yahoo.

Integration to Third-Party Identity and Authentication Providers

This release provides out-of-the-box integration to Okta (identity) and Siteminder (runtime authentication).

Storage Objects

The Storage Objects functionality released in MobileFabric 7.1 is extended in the 7.2 release to include sync support. Individual storage objects can be enabled for sync.

Logging Service for MobileFabric Services

This version adds improved logging for MobileFabric services including enhanced log capture, management, and export to third-party log management tools. This includes granular log level control and the ability to view logs in real-time.

API Management - Throttling

MobileFabric has been enhancing its API Management capabilities across many of the previous releases. This release allows customers to throttle the number of API calls or transactions made for a given API to protect against denial of service attacks and limit impacts to back-end system performance. While MobileFabric is often used with existing API management solutions, it now provides a comprehensive, stand-alone API management capability bundled in to the solution at no additional cost.

Other Enhancements

Other enhancements in the release include:

  • Support for MobileFabric on MAC OS installer
  • Enhanced publish capabilities
  • Report enhancements for app metrics data
  • Support for large binary (greater than 2-3 MB) in Object Services, Sync, and Integration
  • Non-OAuth testing
  • Administrative server console UX enhancements
  • Enhancements to Engagement Services templates

July 2016 (MobileFabric 7.1)

With this update, we build on the MobileFabric 7.0 release with the addition of Storage Objects and improved integration with JavaScript functions. Storage Objects can greatly simplify application development by providing a dedicated application database running in MobileFabric. The JavaScript integrations accelerate development by allowing developers to leverage existing JavaScript functions or create new capabilities in JavaScript. Other new capabilities include:

Storage Objects

With Storage Objects, applications can run off of a MySQL database running as part of the MobileFabric runtime. It includes an Object Services user interface to allow the database structure and operation to be configured from the MobileFabric console. The ability to quickly define and configure an application database without integration beyond MobileFabric can make creating utility mobile applications very quick and easy.

Engagement Server UX Enhancements

Incorporated customer-requested user experience enhancements for various Engagement pages and functions including:

  • Ad hoc and Events Page
  • Push messaging counts on Status page
  • User import, error reporting, and message templating
  • Additional Android Push Message options
  • Event and GeoBoundary API enhancements

JavaScript Connector

The enhanced JavaScript connector enables creation of integration service operations from JavaScript Functions. JavaScript files can be uploaded as JavaScript Functions and can be mapped in the MobileFabric Console. Developers can now use existing JavaScript functions or extend those functions and easily incorporate and expose them to mobile applications with all the added functions provided by MobileFabric.

Telemetry Improvements

Telemetry capabilities have been improved for on-premises implementations to provide environment details for support cases.

Mobile App for Analytics

A mobile application is now available that allows users to view standard and custom reports, save favorites, invite new users, and manage existing users.

Identity Management – OAuth Testing, AD on Azure, and Single Sign-On

MobileFabric 7.1 improvements to the existing Identity Management feature include the ability to easily test OAuth2 Identity configurations with the ability to login when testing integration. The release also adds a new generic LDAP identity connector and a connector for Active Directory on Microsoft Azure Cloud. Finally, application Single Sign-On (SSO) has been added. In this case an authorized user that has logged on to an initial application can then have the same valid token used for other applicable applications without a unique sign-on.

Launchpad Internationalization

The MobileFabric Launchpad function has been i18n-enabled for easier internationalization of Launchpad content.

Additional MobileFabric 7.1 Release Information

Refer to the MobileFabric 7.1 Release Notes for additional information on the contents of the release.
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