IBM Gears Up to Enable the Mobile Enterprise
IBM is gearing up to launch a major new framework that's intended to allow organizations to deploy an entire mobile enterprise.Building on investments in mobile application development, security, compliance, analytics and cloud computing technologies, IBM is gearing up to launch a major new framework that's intended to allow organizations to deploy an entire mobile enterprise. IBM's aim for the technology, scheduled to be rolled out at the Mobile World Congress 2013 conference in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 25-28), is to provide a comprehensive end-to-end framework for managing mobile computing in the enterprise, said John Ponzo, CTO for IBM Mobile Research. Previously, IBM launched the IBM Mobile Foundation, which combined its Worklight application development environment, Tivoli endpoint security management software and Cast Iron System cloud connector software. According to Ponzo, the next goal is to build on those technologies by making a more turnkey platform available—one that includes analytics applications and application testing services in the cloud, along with deployment models and patterns developed by the internal IBM IT department. "All of that will come along with more granular control over security," Ponzo said.
In addition, IBM intends to deliver a lightweight business process management framework that has been specifically optimized for mobile computing environments, Ponzo said. As part of that effort, IBM services teams will take that framework to market in a way that's optimized for specific vertical industries.