IBM Delivers Mobility Solutions for the Enterprise
Though not particularly known for its mobile expertise, IBM, through smart acquisitions and organic innovation, is empowering enterprise mobility.To address the growing needs of the mobile enterprise, IBM has expanded its software and services capabilities to provide clients with all of the resources needed to develop a mobile computing strategy. The new offerings build on software IBM attained in its acquisition of Worklight—a privately held Israeli-based provider of mobile software for smartphones and tablets—earlier this year and also taps some of IBM's Tivoli technology and other products. The move is strategic as it targets a growing opportunity that is expected to drive $130 billion in revenue by 2015, said Mike Riegel, vice president of IBM Mobile Enterprise and WebSphere. "Mobile is the hottest market out there," Riegel told eWEEK. "And it's creating really different challenges for CIOs." Customers, such as Rohde & Schwarz, are already tapping new revenue streams and driving greater productivity by using IBM's solutions for mobile application development, analytics, integration, security and management.
Riegel said airlines, retailers, governments and health care providers are among the businesses turning to IBM for help in making sure mobile services and solutions are readily available to their constituents and in full compliance with their IT strategy. They need solutions that can be applied across any mobile environment—whether a laptop, smartphone or tablet—and can provide an underlying IT infrastructure that is always available, secure, effectively manages data, and integrates front- and back-end systems.