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IBM connects the mainframe to mobile apps with centers of competency

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The advent of the smartphone has fundamentally changed the world around us. In the past 10 years, the number of mobile transactions per day per mobile user has grown from one to 37, according to Rubin Worldwide. That number could climb to 200 by 2025, resulting in 400 billion global user transactions per day.

To help organizations handle this boom, IBM launched the z13 in January, a mainframe capable of processing 2.5 billion transactions a day. In addition to helping companies leverage mobile capabilities, IBM has opened five mainframe Mobile Centers of Competency around the world – in Beijing, China; Boeblingen, Germany; Montpelier, France; Poughkeepsie, NY; and Tokyo, Japan.

Companies that design and deploy mobile apps for businesses and consumers need the ability to integrate mobile applications with existing z Systems (systems of record), and access data in their enterprise without compromising security and performance. At the Centers of Competency, our teams help clients fuse their mobile applications with the security, speed, and analytic capabilities of the mainframe to conduct real-time transaction analysis that drives key business decisions.

Clients are already taking advantage of the new centers to tap into the power of the mainframe for their mobile applications. ABK System GmbH, a software development company and a leading provider of global electronic payments and inter-banking communication, required a reliable and flexible environment for its continued software development. After discussions with the IBM competency center team in Boebligen, ABK ran a proof of concept for its software on z Systems, and has since become an IBM mainframe client.

ABK has built on its mainframe support and begun to examine the potential of adding a mobile computing offering to its product line. The IBM Client Center has supported use of the IBM MobileFirst Platform as the company migrates to a new environment. As a result, ABK rapidly developed prototypes and demonstrated the results during CeBIT.

“Developing mainframe and cross-platform mobile apps with the IBM MobileFirst Platform helps reduce our software maintenance costs,” said Ulrich Buch, CTO of ABK-Systeme. “By helping us work more efficiently, the Center of Competency allows us to focus on developing new features and cutting development cycles.”

As the mobile economy takes hold worldwide, we anticipate more companies will seek out assistance through our new Mobile Centers of Competency. The z13 was built to handle their needs.

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