IBM Corp, the multinational American technology and consulting firm, has announced an epochal expansion of its MobileFirst application development suite, which will complement its new-age digital philosophy. IBM’s new MobileFirst portfolio will come with pre-configured mobile applications for some important industry verticals. The central idea is to enable companies to accelerate their mobile technologies initiatives, besides creating mobile apps from on-premise resources or a hosted cloud-based server in seamless fashion.
IBM’s MobileFirst app development suite has been trimmed to facilitate quick and highly effective mobile application design and development life cycle without compromising anywhere on their security standards. The newly introduced services are directed towards preventing data theft and other security vulnerabilities that could pose problems to the application users. All independent and dependent processes related with the mobile app development should proceed at the same rate, accuracy and simplicity, which consumers expect at an enterprise level.
Expressing his opinion in the official company press statement, Marie Wieck, General Manager (GM), MobileFirst at IBM Corp, was quoted as saying, “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. IBM’s mobile platform, apps and studios are designed to help businesses accelerate the adoption of a mobile strategy for business growth.”
IBM’s new mobile products
MobileFirst Application Development portfolio
MobileFirst is a comprehensive set of development tools for creating, deploying and managing mobile applications from on-premise location or cloud servers. IBM’s suite consists of the IBM Worklight, Cloudant and BlueMix technologies. Worklight is an on-premise enterprise app development for mobile platform, whereas BlueMix is its cloud version. Both technologies can be used via Cloudant that is IBM’s NoSQL based DbaaS.
MobileFirst Business Acceleration portfolio
The Business Acceleration suite consists of the IBM Ready Apps service, which saves up to sixty per cent resource and time consumption. It is ideal for customizing pre-configured and industry specific apps easily before their deployment on any platform or a service. The customization scheme could be changed as per desired requirements, besides the organizations could also add features using built-in API integration.
IBM Ready App for Retail, In-Store Associate
This IBM product is aimed at aiding retailers to optimize their operational efficiency with an all inclusive in-store performance dashboard. The In-Store Associate will allow retailers to keep a track of their productivity, assist in identifying weak areas, checking out inventory information and viewing store maps to analyze in-store foot traffic to prioritize customer support. Speaking his mind about the IBM Ready App for Retail, In-Store Associate, Charaka Kithulegoda, Chief Information Officer, Tangerine Bank, was quoted as saying, “Mobile banking is changing not only how people bank, but also what they expect from their bank. Our goal is to use technology to make banking simpler, engaging, more relevant and accessible for all Canadians.”
He further added, “Developments in mobile banking will continue to transform the industry and people’s relationship with their money. IBM will help accelerate our mobile app development and provide value to our clients through richer and more engaging banking experiences.” Evidently, the company’s MobileFirst studios has bolstered its mobile technology ecosystem, besides providing customers direct access to its globally based mobile experts including designers and developers, etc. Developing and deploying mobile enterprise-grade mobile applications would certainly become a lot easier and pacy.