IBM Announces New Era in Mobile Application Development
Leading the industry in enterprise mobile application development
Today IBM announced a new company-wide Mobile Enterprise strategy. Leveraging expertise and contributions from across IBM’s software labs and research facilities, coupled with strategic acquisitions, this announcement represents a commitment by IBM to lead the industry in enterprise mobile application development and delivery.
An important part of the announcement is the agreement for IBM to acquire Worklight and the Worklight Mobile Application Platform. Worklight’s award-winning products help organizations of all sizes efficiently develop and deliver HTML5, hybrid and native mobile applications with a powerful and flexible development environment, next-generation mobile middleware for back-end connectivity and scalability, end-to-end security and integrated management and analytics. Worklight technology enables rich, cross-platform apps without requiring code translation, proprietary interpreters or nonstandard programming languages.
The Worklight acquisition will certainly accelerate IBM’s drive into the mobile development market. But just as important as this acquisition is the comprehensive strategy announced today, for an IBM mobile application solution that addresses all dimensions of development and delivery lifecycle. What other vendor in the industry has the breadth of capabilities to undertake such a strategy?
Across the various parts of IBM Software there exist all of the components necessary to build and manage world-class mobile solutions. As part of the new IBM Mobile Enterprise strategy, all of the pieces are being combined into a single simple solution. This is an exhilarating time to be part of the next generation of Information Technology and an important milestone in IBM’s participation in the development of the software of the future.
So, how is this IBM Mobile Enterprise strategy related to Rational?
In addition, Worklight Studio is already certified as a Ready-for-Rational integration with Rational Team Concert. This integration allows mobile application developers to experience the collaborative lifecycle management capabilities delivered by our Jazz based CLM platform. One of the exciting features that this integrated solution offers is a distributed mobile build function. The RTC build engine can being running on a remote build server and pick up mobile application build requests to execute the Worklight mobile application build utility and produce various different natively installable mobile application packages. This allows developers to off-load builds for multiple different mobile platforms, even if the developer is using a workstation running a different operating system and doesn’t have the native mobile platform SDK installed.
The combined Worklight Studio plus Rational mobile development tools, integrated with Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management offer the most comprehensive, end-to-end development solution for mobile applications on the market today!
For more perspectives on mobile software development, see the IBM Mobile Frontier blog.
About the author:
Leigh Williamson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer who has been working in the Austin, Texas lab since 1988, contributing to IBM's major software projects including OS/2, DB2, AIX, OpenDoc, Java, Component Broker, and WebSphere Application Server. His current role is as a member of the IBM Rational Software Chief Technology Officer team, influencing the strategic direction for products in the Rational brand and focusing on projects related to mobile device application development. Leigh holds a BS degree in Computer Science from NovaUniversity and a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin. Leigh leads the discussions on the Rational Mobile Frontier blog, providing missives on the evolution of mobile software.