A modern approach to application development

Enterprise organizations are transforming heritage portfolios to flexible, modular application development management portfolios by implementing next-generation processes  defined by speed, efficiency and resilience.  By adopting agile methods, what used to take developers months to release can now take mere seconds to deploy. Adding automation and business integration into the mix makes for an efficient process. Organizations are adopting the agile approach to application development to enhance their digital transformation smartly, while keeping pace with the competition and the changing marketplace with positive customer experiences.

The benefits of IBM Application Development and Management

Reduce operating costs while maximizing efficiency

Achieve intelligent, efficient and secure application development management with low TCO, using automation tools, cognitive assets and targeted security practices.

Improve flexibility, feedback and user experience

Develop new capabilities for legacy applications; wrap modern technology and approaches around existing applications.

Deliver speed and growth

Increase speed and innovation of application development and reduce maintenance needs; allows for full digital reinvention of applications to drive growth.

Application Development and Management Services

Next-generation Application Development and Management

You can manage diverse and complex applications at lower cost with faster response times to requests for new functionality and requirements. Your total cost of operations can be significantly reduced using a modern application development approach with reduced defect counts.

Microservices Affinity Assessment

The microservices affinity assessment helps to quickly identify potential applications for microservices adoption. IBM helps to refactor heritage applications so that data and frequently used functions can be extracted using APIs and microservices. This allows for easy integration into your new systems of engagement at significantly improved speed.

Application Modernization

To keep pace digitally and with their competition, companies must continuously modernize their applications to support business agility. IBM employs proprietary methodologies and tools to assess your application portfolio and identify the best approach for modernization through new channels of application development management.

Cloud Application Development

Custom application development on cloud can transform your business with applications that can be built quickly and at scale. IBM services include end-to-end application development management and integration on cloud. Also included are testing capabilities, API and microservices architecture and DevOps that are integrated at every touchpoint in the application development cycle.

Services for Enterprise Applications

IBM consulting professionals help simplify and accelerate the day-to-day navigation and more out of your investments in Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and Workday. With IBM guiding your Digital Reinvention™ efforts, you can commit more resources to perfecting a strategy to dominate your marketplace.

Mobile Business Application Development

Taking a comprehensive approach to your mobile application development will help to grow your market faster, create new revenue streams and drive competitive advantage. IBM can build an ongoing, dedicated team for robust custom application development, while also delivering maintenance and security on a robust architecture.

Case studies

Ferrovial construction cut application development time by 93%

Ferrovial wanted a collaborative way of working between building modelling processes and enterprise asset management systems. They turned to IBM to implement IBM’s Business Value Assessment methodology and the IBM Blueworks Live™ business process modelling tool.

IBM Services helps Schneider slash support costs

Schneider, a leading transportation company, worked with IBM  as their trusted advisor to keep its core Oracle applications running smoothly. They were able to quickly cut support costs by over USD 1 million per year and reduce ticket volumes by 70%.

Medtronic uses application automation to free up funds for innovation

With help from IBM Services, Medtronic is transforming the healthcare industry with IT innovation using a revolutionary way to reduce costs in manufacturing and in application development management with automation.

Educational resources


See what Tom Crane of IBM Services is saying about navigating the New Normal with next-generation application development and maintenance.


See how cognitive automation of application testing and maintenance can help improve customer experience.

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IBM Automation Innovation Centers

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Application Testing with IBM IGNITE

IBM IGNITE is an application testing service designed to improve the quality of enterprise applications or a single application through accelerated testing.

Mobile Application Development Platform

Take advantage of a complete mobile application development environment with application building, integration, security and testing.

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¹Gartner: Application Modernization Should Be Business-Centric, Continuous and Multiplatform

²Based on IBM-internal analysis of client data. Individual client results will vary.