Fusing apps on the Appdome Platform
A quick tutorial from none other than Professor Fusion himself!
This KB will walk you thru the steps of fusing an app on the Appdome Platform. This is the end to end process.
How to Fuse an app:
Here is what you need to begin:
- An active account on the Appdome platform
- A mobile app binary: .ipa for iOS or .apk for Android
Below are the steps to start fusing:
From the App Library, either: (1) upload a new app or (2) select an app that’s already in the App Library. Both scenarios are shown below.
Here is a new upload happening in real time.
And in a few seconds, your upload is complete. In the screenshot below, note at the top of the screen that we keep a version history of all your uploads for you, so you don’t need to track this yourself.
In the screenshot below, I am showing the scenario where you want to Fuse an app that you have already previously uploaded to the Appdome platform. In this example, I am going to work with the Jive Daily mobile app (Jive is one of the commercial (ISV) binaries available in our fusion catalog.
Next, Go to Fuse and select the Service Category which contains the services or features that you want to integrate with Jive Daily. A common use case is to integrate a mobile management SDK with Jive so that the Jive app can be managed by your EMM solution. In the screenshot below, I selected the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK for EMM. This can be found under the Mobile Management service category of the Appdome platform. When I complete the fusion, the entire BlackBerry SDK is going to be integrated with the Jive mobile app, creating a new app binary at the end.
For the sake of completeness, you can also choose other services to fuse your app with. Below is a screenshot showing how you can fuse Appdome’s own mobile security suite to an app using the same process. Those features are available under the “Security” service category. With Appdome, you can actually fuse multiple different features or SDKs to a single app binary at the same time!
After you have made all your service and feature selections, you are ready to Fuse. To start fusing the selections that you made, simply click the “Fuse My App” button. The selections that you made above will then be fused to the app binary.
At this point, the services that you have selected are being fused to your app. This process takes several minutes but can be longer if your original app binary was large. You can do other things in the UI while you are waiting for the fusion process to complete. After Fusion completes, a new app binary will be created for you.
Optionally, next, you can customize the app; updating the app display name, app icon, add favicon and config files that can be attached to an app.
Now that you have fused your app, it’s up to you what you want to do with it. You have several options as to what’s next. Remember, the application must be signed before you can deploy it!
Here are some possibilities:
- You can sign the app and deploy it through the Appdome platform (Using AppFusion, you can deploy to public app stores such as Google Play or Apple’s iOS AppStore. You can also deploy to your own enterprise app store).
- You can sign and deploy the app using your own signing and deployment mechanism.
- You can sit back and chill, do nothing, and make the decision later. We will save all your fused apps in the App Library, and they’ll be waiting for you in the exact state that you last worked on them.
If you choose to sign your app on the Appdome platform (recommended), select the app in the App Library and click on the “Sign” button at the top of the screen. This navigates you to the part of the workflow where you can securely and reliably sign your app through Appdome’s built-in signing mechanism. Fill in the required fields shown in the screenshot below: Select your P12 file, enter the required password, and Provisioning Profile.
And now your app is signed. Once your app has been signed, then it can be deployed.
How to View statistics on the Appdome platform:
Here is a graphical view of account activities over the last 15 days:
Here is a detailed view of fusions over the last 15 days:
Detailed view of all activities over the last 15 days:
And with that, we conclude the demonstration. That's a quick end-to-end tutorial of fusing an app, and although we didn't cover every feature, this should have provided you a pretty good idea into some of the core functions of the AppFusion and give you a glimpse of the significant efficiencies that Appdome can provide to accelerate your deployment of mobile apps in the enterprise.