Seminar TIE-11406: Backend as a Service (BaaS)

Tampere University of Technology
Seminar TIE-11406 (Seminar on Pervasive Computing)
Fall 2013 (periods 1-2)
1-5 credit points (1 cp active participation in the seminar, 2 cp technology presentation, 2 cp technology demonstration)

Seminar organizers:
Professor Kari Systä
Adjunct prof. Antero Taivalsaari


Seminar Background and Motivation

The landscape of mobile software development has changed considerably in the past ten years. Today's mobile applications are rarely standalone; rather, applications must commonly

The dependence on various backend features has led to the emergence of Backend as a Service systems.

Backend as a Service (BaaS) is a model for providing web and mobile app developers with a way to link their applications to hosted backend cloud storage while also providing features such as user management, push notifications, and integration with social networking services, all as an integrated offering. The goal is to abstract away all the complexity related to cloud and cloud management, and provide simple APIs that can be used across all popular mobile platforms.

Key selling points for BaaS systems include the following.

Part of the value proposition is pricing. Most systems use the freemium model; small-scale use is usually free.

Existing BaaS Systems

BaaS is a very popular area these days; over 40 startup companies in this area have sprung up recently.
A partial list of BaaS systems is provided below:


Seminar Goals and Format

In this seminar, we will investigate different BaaS systems. Students will familiarize themselves with a selected BaaS system based on available material and experiment with the system. Based on those experiences, a presentation of about 45 min will be given in the seminar. Optionally, it is also possible to build a demo application with the technology, and give a presentation on that.

Presentations may be prepared and presented in English.

Intended Audience

The seminar is intended for third-year students and up. The seminar is suitable also for Ph.D. students.
If necessary, the number of participants will be limited to about 20-25 people to enable fruitful discussions.

Seminar Schedule and Presentation Topics

Seminar will be held on Tuesdays, 14:15 - 15:45, in Tietotalo TB222 starting on September 10.

Tentative schedule for the seminar is as follows:

Proposed Outline for Presentations

Questions and Further Information

Questions related to the seminar may be sent to:
kari.systa@tut.fi.nospam. (remove ".nospam" from the address before sending).


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