Comments on the Worklight acquisition announcement and Web Experience Factory
Jonathan Booth 060000XRMC Visits (1210)
The planned IBM acquisition of Worklight (press release here) is an exciting positive development in IBM's mobile story. A number of people have asked me what it will do to our strategy with IBM Web Experience Factory (WEF). The good news is that the Worklight technology will have a great synergy with WEF, and WEF's place in IBM's mobile strategy remains unchanged. The Worklight acquisition will serve to accelerate IBM's support for mobile features such as hybrid, and that's all good for customers who want all the things that WEF offers (such as rapid development using a model-based approach, multi-channel delivery including desktop and mobile, portal and WAS support) and who want some additional mobile pieces like hybrid. I expect that we'll start demonstrating the combination of WEF with Worklight technology not long after the acquisition completes. Earlier I have blogged about using WEF with the IBM Mobile Technology Preview (link), and many of the same points made there apply to the Worklight technology. Also, note that the new client-side architecture and Dojo Mobile support introduced in the recent WEF 8.0 Beta One is very well suited to a number of hybrid app scenarios that can now include Worklight.