IBM, Ionic Bring No-Code App Dev to MobileFirst

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-05-10 Print this article Print
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IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio of solutions can be integrated as part of a hybrid cloud solution that combines public and private cloud elements. Enterprises are able to create applications and services, while maintaining operational visibility, control and security.

The IBM MobileFirst Platform is available from IBM’s Bluemix Platform as a Service (PaaS) or via on-premises deployment.  Joint clients can use the platform to build and deploy mobile apps or integrate apps built with third -party tools, including the Ionic Creator and the Ionic SDK. The IBM MobileFirst Platform is optimized for native, HTML5 and hybrid development, or any combination of these approaches.

“Many organizations still struggle with their mobile strategies because there isn’t an environment that fosters strong collaboration between business leaders and developer teams,” said Steve Lokam, senior principal, OpenLogix, an IBM business partner, in a statement. “This divide not only slows down development and increases backlogs, but can also lead to poor quality apps that aren’t delivering on the needs of the user. IBM and Ionic coming together helps bridge that gap and speeds the development of great apps – in secure, integrated environments - which we believe will benefit our joint clients.”

Enabling business analysts and line of business managers to build applications without programming is a growing trend. Last month. Mendix, which specializes in providing visual, no-code rapid app development capabilities for non-programmers, announced a partnership with Pivotal to bring the Mendix tools to the Cloud Foundry PaaS.

The partnership enables business users to rapidly build applications with Mendix’s visual tools and easily deploy to production with Pivotal Cloud Foundry. As such, Mendix and Pivotal are bringing a new level of speed and agility to the development and delivery of modern, cloud-native applications.

Mendix says that using Mendix’s point-and-click development capabilities, developers can rapidly build apps six times faster than traditional programming methods. With Pivotal Cloud Foundry, enterprises can now deploy these applications with ease to achieve secure, highly available, Internet scale operations.

“Enterprises look to Pivotal to help them transform and drive disruptive growth opportunities in their industries,” said James Watters, vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platform Group at Pivotal, in a statement. “Mendix brings powerful rapid application development capabilities to Pivotal Cloud Foundry, further enhancing enterprise agility and accelerating continuous delivery of innovative business solutions.”

Mendix and Pivotal also announced a Mendix Cloud Foundry build pack that turns Mendix apps into Cloud Foundry Droplets. The build pack is open source and available through the Cloud Foundry community repository on GitHub.

In addition, the companies announced one-click deployment of Mendix apps to Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), PCF on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Pivotal Web Services directly within the Mendix Business Modeler. The partners also are offering access to pre-built application components from the Mendix marketplace that accelerate the development of new apps.



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