IBM Pushes the Pedal on Cloud, Big Data, Mobile Innovation

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-11-19 Print this article Print

With Fiberlink's MaaS360 cloud-based offerings, IBM will expand its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capabilities to deliver a complete mobile management and security solution through IBM MobileFirst that includes trusted transactions and security intelligence capabilities for mobile apps, users, content and data, IBM said.

"In a mobile first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering. Often times they integrate solutions on their own and take on unnecessary risk," said Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president of Middleware Software, in a statement. "To protect and enhance the complete mobile experience, it's crucial to secure the app, user, content, data and the transaction. The acquisition of Fiberlink will enable us to offer these expanded capabilities to our clients, making it simple and quick to unlock the full potential of mobility."

This announcement is another milestone in IBM's strategy to build a comprehensive set of mobile capabilities while eliminating barriers to adoption and accelerating the productivity benefits of mobility. At the same time, IBM is expanding the vision for enterprise mobility management to also include secure transactions between businesses, partners and customers.

"Underlying the solutions gaps that Fiberlink fills in mobile security and management are the delivery capabilities the acquisition enables for MobileFirst," said Matthew Casey, software analyst at Technology Business Research. "The ongoing goal for IBM's software business is to transition traditionally deployed solutions to be more consumable and available through cloud delivery. While SoftLayer enables the actual delivery of these workloads, the native cloud-basis of FiberLink's mobile security and management offerings helps bridge the gap between IBM's traditional MobileFirst solutions and the cloud."

The announcement builds on the IBM MobileFirst strategy of bringing all mobile resources together in one platform. For example, organizations of all sizes will be able to build secure apps by design with IBM Worklight and IBM Security AppScan, deliver trusted transactions through integrated threat intelligence with Trusteer, and improve the user experience with Tealeaf, IBM said. Now organizations can break free from one-size-fits-all security strategies and create more flexible, personalized mobile experiences that balance enterprise security with user privacy.

MaaS360 will become part of IBM's Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio of more than 100 cloud services. IBM plans to offer MaaS360 on the IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure.

"Complementing existing solutions within MobileFirst such as IBM Endpoint Manager, IBM Worklight and IBM Security AppScan, the cloud delivery capabilities of mobile device management and mobile security solutions from Fiberlink will help extend the presence of MobileFirst solutions through new cloud use-cases," Casey said. "For example, the combination of MaaS360 with IBM's Endpoint Manager solution enables IBM to deliver unified device management capabilities in both traditional and SaaS delivered use-cases. Providing flexible consumption models for customers will continue to be a main focal point of IBM, and will be a theme that will characterize future acquisitions within IBM Software."

In the big data and analytics space, IBM announced the IBM Analytics Talent Assessment, an online platform that provides university students with data-driven insights that aim to help narrow the big data and analytics skills gap and foster talent for the next-generation workforce.



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