Mobile and Wireless: Mobile Application Platforms: 10 Considerations for Choosing the Right One

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-06-26 Print this article Print
Don't Compromise on User Experience

Don't Compromise on User Experience

Good apps are engaging. They are designed for performance and customized to deliver the functionality your users need in a simple and easy-to-use manner. However, achieving a seamless transition of code across multiple platforms, while maintaining an optimized user experience on each device, is easier said than done. When choosing a mobile application platform, be sure it can enable the development of apps that will address the unique requirements of your organization and your customers—both current and future.
Enterprises today are realizing the benefits that mobile computing can have on their business. According to an IBM study of more than 3,000 CIOs, 75 percent of respondents say mobility is a top priority in their business strategy. Yet IT leaders are facing challenges as devices, tools and processes constantly evolve. If you are in charge of setting your company's mobile strategy, you're probably searching for some expert advice on how to manage the expanding variety of mobile applications and the right platform for the job. While IBM isn't known for its mobile offerings, Big Blue has been quietly but steadily investing in this space for more than a decade, both organically, through acquisitions and key technology partners. For instance, IBM closed its acquisition of Worklight in February 2012. Worklight delivers mobile application management capabilities to clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, financial services, technology, travel and hospitality, and manufacturing. Their software enables organizations to efficiently create and run HTML5, hybrid and native applications for smartphones and tablets with industry-standard technologies and tools. Now, Worklight has been integrated into IBM's WebSphere Software business. Bob Sutor, vice president of the IBM Mobile Platform, has kept eWEEK abreast of IBM's moves in the mobile space dating back to the early days of its Lotus acquisition and beyond. Based on this experience, Sutor and IBM helped eWEEK craft a top 10 list of considerations IT leaders must be aware of when choosing the right mobile application platform to address the unique needs of their organization.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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