November 16, 2016 | Written by: Brian J. Oravetz
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You may know IBM as an old-school monolithic, institutional giant, but newsflash: IBM is now a giant capable of extreme athleticism, flexibility and efficiency.
Nowhere is that more clear than in the cloud-delivered mobile services space. Mobile applications are the de facto force in the cloud enterprise. Smart executives will place an emphasis on shaping the enterprise using mobile projects as the tip of the spear.
Why does that make IBM a top player in the mobile marketplace?
IBM uses the full depth and breadth of it massive capabilities to provide the most comprehensive suite of services on the market. IBM has adapted to learning from the market and allowing its employees to give the market what it wants. It offers front- to back-end technologies, with built-in analytics and cognitive services on an open source cloud platform, capable of full mobility and API functionality on an unmatched scale.
How can I say this with such assurance? “The Forrester Wave: Mobile Development Platforms, Q4 2016,” Forrester Research Inc., 24 October 2016, listed IBM as a leader in its evaluation, stating, “the MobileFirst Foundation on-premises offering was once the most full-featured of IBM’s solutions, but the Bluemix cloud solution is now functionally equivalent, driving IBM’s move to the Leaders category.”
IBM has pivoted and shifted to the cloud, and it has done so without a great deal of fanfare. More than 5,000 mobile transformation clients have made the leap, thanks to its suite of services.
According to the Forrester report, app developers and delivery professionals “seek development speed, mobile client accelerators, and data normalization.” Likewise, “data acquisition, analytics and future experience support are key differentiators.”
The IBM MDP platform does those things by flipping the switch and turning it on. This is where the long experience and size of IBM benefit the customer.
IBM has developed its cloud platform such that is not only open source, but so functionally capable that mobile development, data acquisition, and analytics tools can be added to an MDP by simply dragging it to the development or production environment.
There are two types of customers in the MDP space: those that want an all-inclusive platform and those that enjoy managing disparate services. IBM offerings are so robust and feature rich, that it can support both customer types and still allow innovation to thrive. An IBM client needn’t follow some stock template that forces a customer to do something in a manner they’re not comfortable with. I bet you didn’t expect to hear that from an IBMer, did you?
Download a copy of “The Forrester Wave: Mobile Development Platforms, Q4 2016” and find out why the IBM MobileFirst Foundation is a leader in its field.
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