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The yin and yang of cloud and mobile leadership

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Cloud and mobile feed on each other’s success.

Cloud provides a destination for innovation where developers can go to create the next great industry-shifting app with context data, weather and cognitive APIs. Cloud is an aggregation point of all this fantastic data that emanates from the single most important devices in many people’s personal lives, their smartphones. On the cloud, we can apply analytics and feed that data back as in-context insights back to those precious devices.

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That’s why the latest Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms is so relevant to cloud, and why IBM finds itself in the upper right leadership quadrant for the fourth year in a row.

Organizations are realizing that mobile app development can be a complicated business, because there is a lot going on in making great apps that bring the power of the cloud to users’ fingertips. Comprehensive research has shown that great apps perform much better than merely good ones, sometimes five times better. So companies are working hard to build those experiences fast. Other research shows that the likelihood of failure in meeting timelines, budgets or objectives is still very high.

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But that makes for very fast development at the mobile app level. Development is so fast that it often outpaces the back end systems that great apps need to get their data. Here is where the cloud plays a critical role: not only is more of the development work migrating to the cloud to get access to the best new APIs and capabilities, but also it is expected to grow because of benefits to testing environments, scaling apps and collaborations that enable building faster.

The cloud is ultimately becoming the default back end for mobile applications, driving changes across a complete omni-channel experience and modernizing architectures using a microservices approach.  This is why organizations that are growing their cloud capabilities should read the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms report. There is a growing, symbiotic relationship and an inextricable dependency for growth between cloud and mobile.

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