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Today, there are two key trends in successful mobile strategies: the use of open source and the growing use of Swift. Open source is a core design principle of IBM Cloud’s offerings and mobile back-end integrations, while Swift creates new opportunities for developers to build smarter apps for the enterprise. Learn more here.
What is Swift?
Swift is a leading, rapidly growing development language that lets developers build amazing mobile client apps for iOS devices, and now other mobile operating systems. Swift enjoys widespread adoption and support across the technology market, and among developers and enterprises.
In the near future, organizations will benefit from a single language, Swift, being used to build applications on multiple client and server platforms. Collaboration across an open community of developers allows developers to share skills that will help them increase their productivity and allow them to focus more on the experiences they build with their apps.
What does this mean for developers and enterprises?
By investing in Swift, developers and enterprises can enjoy:
- Increased productivity and delivery of best in class mobile applications
- Enhanced skills for Enterprise development teams and the applications they build and seek
- Limitless potential innovations that can come out of the move to open source from the community
The availability of Swift’s programming language as open source is great news for developers and business leaders alike by accelerating the path to mobile productivity.
Swift is safe, fast, and interactive. It’s easy to learn and use, thus lowering development time and the costs of employee training. With the release of open source, Swift developers have an opportunity to contribute to the language, create new packages, and expand its usage beyond just client-side devices into server side development.
Swift @ IBM
At IBM, we’ve experienced the value of working with Swift firsthand in creating industry-leading apps at a rapid pace. Today, over 500 IBM engineers are actively engaged in essential cloud open source efforts supporting the development of open cloud offerings and innovations.
IBM has one of the largest Swift development teams in the world. This team has been highly productive building some of the most compelling mobile user experiences, market-leading mobile applications in the world — all on Swift. We know firsthand the value that these skills have brought our own enterprise and our customers.
The IBM Cloud is open by design, supporting OpenStack, Docker, and Cloud Foundry aligned to our vision of the “Connected Cloud” for future usiness transformation. Participating in the Swift community continues IBM’s commitment to open source technologies, and to that end, we’ve launched a developerWorks community dedicated to best practices with Swift and more.