Cloud and mobile technologies go hand in hand. Together they provide new capabilities quickly and reach the maximum number of users and markets. No wonder IBM Mobile Foundation includes both IBM Worklight—a mobile enterprise application platform—and IBM Cast Iron—a cloud integration solution—to create mobile apps that can connect to a private cloud, public cloud or on-premises application. To me, that seems pretty amazing. With these capabilities, the Worklight mobile app knows no boundaries. Imagine the possibilities!
With IBM Mobile Foundation, you can create mobile apps that:
- Access data from multiple systems and business partners in near real time
- Provide an integrated, consolidated, consistent view of enterprise and cloud data
- Provide your sales team with a 360-degree view of customers
- Accelerate the sales cycle by providing quick access to quotes and approvals
- And more
For example, you can integrate a mobile app to access a customer relationship management (CRM) system. A major concern of any CRM customer is synchronizing all of their sales data across the enterprise (and cloud). Lists of customers, leads, products, pricing and so on might be stored in a variety of systems, on cloud or on premises. The problem with this type of environment is that data can be redundant and inconsistent between different resources.
Cast Iron takes a “configuration, not coding” approach to this issue, where you create orchestrations to migrate, consolidate and integrate data from different resources. It’s as easy as “connecting the dots.” Cast Iron provides a user-friendly graphical interface, Cast Iron Studio, where you build orchestrations by dragging and dropping icons onto a workspace.
You determine the endpoints, types of data involved and actions to perform. You can consolidate and integrate data between systems to provide a consistent near real-time view. After creating these orchestrations, you can connect to them from a mobile app by using Worklight adapter capabilities. Worklight adapters run on the server side to provide access to your enterprise systems. With IBM Worklight, you can create mobile apps that connect to databases, web services and other applications, on the back end.
A detailed article on how to build a mobile app that integrates SalesForce.com data by using IBM Worklight and IBM WebSphere Cast Iron can be found here on developerWorks.com. SalesForce.com is a major cloud-based CRM system.
By using a similar approach, you can also:
- Connect to SAP: Many SAP implementations involve the need to rapidly migrate and integrate data such as product master, customer master, sales and order invoices with other enterprise resource planning (ERP), CRM and custom-built applications. Cast Iron is specifically designed to reduce the complexity of these projects. You can complete an implementation in days, not weeks, and without doing any custom coding or installing costly middleware.
- Integrate Microsoft Dynamics:
Cast Iron provides comprehensive connectivity with sales and financial
data—such as leads, customers, orders, inventory and invoices—and other
applications and partners, without having to install anything at these
endpoints. You can synchronize data in near real time between Microsoft
Dynamics and other systems, such as:
- Other ERP systems including SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Baan, QAD, Lawson
- Other CRM systems including Siebel, Clarify, Remedy, Oracle, Kana, Vantive and so on
- All major software as a service (SaaS) applications including SalesForce.com, RightNow, NetSuite, Oracle CRM On Demand
- All major databases including Oracle, DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Sybase, Informix
- Flat files using FTP, HTTP(S), email
- XML and web services
- Electronic data interchange (EDI)
- Middleware and all major enterprise application integration (EAI) platforms
- Project management applications including Clarity
- And more
With IBM Mobile Foundation, you can empower your employees with mobile apps that provide a consistent view of your data, no matter where it resides, in near real time.