StackMob, a mobile backend provider for developers, is integrating with cloud platform Heroku to extend its services to Heroku’s Ruby developers. The partnership allows StackMob to expand the languages it supports beyond Java, Scala and Clojure to include Ruby and later, Node.js.
The combination of the two cloud platforms isn’t surprising considering that some of StackMob’s original seed investors — Harrison Metal and Baseline Ventures — were also funders of Heroku, which was bought by Salesforce . But it also shows that the competition is heating up in the mobile backend space, as StackMob competes with Kinvey, Parse and others, which are trying to be a solution for mobile developers.
By integrating with Heroku, StackMob helps Heroku’s web developers go mobile more easily. StackMob provides simple API creation and management, social integration, messaging and analytics, while allowing mobile developers to work on their front end and creating unique experiences. Developers will be able to write custom code in Ruby on Heroku and tap both platforms through an open-sourced SDK from StackMob.
The combination of StackMob and Heroku also helps support increasingly complex data-driven mobile apps that require code to process data on servers instead of on devices, said StackMob co-founder CEO Ty Amell.
“Our services allow developers to focus on creating differentiating experiences in their apps, while StackMob takes care of the heavy lifting on backend development,” Amell said. “With the Heroku integration, StackMob now extends our complete backend solution to a new group of developers so they can quickly and easily build incredible mobile apps.”
StackMob is in beta right now, but Heroku developers will get instant access. Most of the tools will be available right away, though social integration and Node.js support will come soon.
The Heroku integration shows StackMob isn’t sitting still as the competition heats up. Parse has raised $1.1 million from Y-Combinator, Google Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and Ron Conway’s SV Angel to tackle this space, while Kinvey announced $2 million in funding from Atlas Ventures. Will StackMob follow in the footsteps of Heroku and get bought, perhaps by Salesforce? With mobile becoming as big as it is, I’m guessing it won’t be long.