Today is a really exciting day in the annals of IBM mobile solution history. IBM announced today that they have agreed to acquire Worklight and the Worklight Mobile Application Platform (IBM Advances Mobile Capabilities with Acquisition of Worklight). Those of you who follow this blog may remember an entry from last year where I talked about Worklight and how they were advancing the state of the art for cross-platform enterprise mobile apps (The Mobile Frontier: When will HTML5 be ready for prime time?). So it should be no surprise that I’m a big fan and could not be more excited about this investment by IBM in a great solution.
But there is more to it than just a simple MEAP vendor acquisition. As part of today’s announcement, IBM is declaring a comprehensive IBM Mobile Enterprise strategy that covers every aspect of the delivery of mobile business applications (The IBM Mobile Enterprise). Across the various parts of IBM Software there exist all of the components necessary to build and manage world-class mobile solutions. But up until this point, all of the pieces haven’t been combined into a single simple solution. IBM is using the Worklight acquisition as a catalyst to bring together pieces available from all of the different domains of our software labs to assemble a total solution for mobile apps.
What other company besides IBM has all the necessary pieces to bring together? I am thrilled to be part of the work on the development tools and methodology for this mobile solution, especially since there is such a strong commitment by the whole company to this project. There aren’t that many times in a career when you get those “tingly” sensations that are telling you that you’re on to something big. But today is definitely one of those times for me!