Next wave of mobile apps target the enterprise

April 30, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
IBM has announced a significant expansion of its IBM MobileFirst Application Development portfolio, the latest industry-specific IBM Ready Apps, and the opening of 18 new IBM MobileFirst studios around the world to help business leaders accelerate mobile initiatives.

The new offerings will help developers from enterprise and born on the web companies quickly design, deliver and deploy secure mobile apps – helping to prevent data leaks and vulnerabilities – with the same speed and simplicity that consumers have come to expect, at enterprise scale.

"As mobile apps become a primary touchpoint with clients, the stakes run high to delight consumers. At the same time, the cost of a poorly designed app can significantly impact both the brand and bottom line," said Marie Wieck, General Manager, IBM MobileFirst. "IBM's mobile platform, apps and studios are designed to help businesses accelerate the adoption of a mobile strategy for business growth."

The IBM MobileFirst Application Development portfolio comprises complete range of tools for developers to create, deploy and manage mobile apps, on-premise or in the cloud. The portfolio, which includes IBM Worklight, Cloudant and BlueMix technologies and services, enables developers to quickly build and deploy mobile apps.

IBM Worklight is a mobile enterprise app development platform deployed on a client's IT infrastructure, while BlueMix delivers similar capabilities as cloud-based services. Both can be used with Cloudant, IBM's NoSQL distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for mobile apps.

With the latest portfolio, IBM has addressed the evolving needs of mobile app developers by redefining the mobile application development platform. This redefinition includes offering enterprise-grade security and integrated quality assurance, so clients can build better, more secure apps faster. The platform also features a new app scanning capability to identify potential data leaks and vulnerabilities.

A updated version of IBM Worklight integrates additional mobile app lifecycle capabilities, expanding the definition of a mobile application development platform. IBM Worklight now allows enterprises to optimize mobile user experiences by supporting both native (via SDKs) and hybrid development models, as well as add new capabilities such as the USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) protocol for mobile money solutions in emerging markets. The BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service provides composable app creation and