At the end of February IBM completed the acquisition of a small Israel-based provider of mobile software for smartphones and tablets. An acquisition that ushered in a whole new era of mobile computing not just at IBM, but in the global enterprise space as a whole.
Today, 20 months later, Worklight has blossomed into IBM MobileFirst, a full-fledged portfolio of mobile products, and Gartner has positioned IBM as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms
The mobile revolution has much in common with the personal computer revolution in the 1980's here in Silicon Valley, and even with the IBM System 360 revolution in the 1960s, which ushered in mainframe-based enterprise computing to the world.
What gives the mobile revolution such a strong impact is that it is not a silo all by itself, but closely tied in with Cloud Computing, which is where the mobile data is all stored, with Big Data, because the data generated by billions of mobile phones and tablets is truly big, with Social, because all of us who use smartphones and tables are in constant contact with our friends and peers, and last but not least with Analytics, because the gigantic floods of data gushing out of the mobile space can all be sliced and diced and analyzed by products in the IBM analytics portfolio
The mobile and social enterprise will look quite different from previous siloed enterprises. It will sail much closer to its customers than ever before, customers will be able to engage in a dialog with the enterprise and vice versa. And thanx to the open source movement and the new "API economy", the strict border between the enterprise and the customers will become ever more diffuse.
IBM MobileFirst is placing its emphasize on rapid development with Worklight, on enterprise integration with Cast Iron,
on automatic testing with Rational Workbench, on Scanning and certification of mobile apps with AppScan, of the secure management of BYOD with Endpoint Manager, and with customer insights with Tealeaf.
A portfolio of products for rapidly building and deploying secure mobile apps in the enterprise.
From a small startup company to the major player in the enterprise mobile space in 20 months.