IBM Wants to Help Enterprises Build Mobile Apps
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IBM's mobile development push begins with a product offering called IBM Mobile Foundation. The Mobile Foundation includes technologies that IBM gained with the acquisition of mobile development vendor Worklight earlier his year.
Phil Buckellew, vice president of IBM mobile enterprise, explained to Datamation that the new Mobile Foundation release provides improved support for native, hybrid and mobile web development. Buckellew added that IBM's mobile development strategy also includes end point management solutions as well as a lifecycle management offering for collaborative development.
"With the move toward BYOD, there is a lot of pressure on organizations to be able to manage the mobile devices that employees are bringing into the workplace," Buckellew said.
IBM's endpoint management technology provides the capability for self service by users. For example, a user that wants to download a mobile app just needs to answer a few questions on the IBM provisioned self-service portal about their role within the organization. The user can then automatically get the applications that are appropriate for the specific user based on their role within the enterprise.