IBM MobileFirst Lands Big Blue in Gartner Leaders Quadrant

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-08-12 Print this article Print

“By teaming with IBM MobileFirst, we are now able to bring meaningful data to the right people, anytime, anywhere  and in an easy-to-navigate format,” said Gil Katz, vice president of business technology at Colmobil, in a statement. “With this mobile initiative, we have succeeded in our goal to revamp both the customer and employee experience. Not only have we increased the ratio of vehicles that are ready at the time promised to customers, we’ve also been able to improve mechanics on the workshop floor.”

Using IBM Worklight, Colmobil was able to build a single mobile computing platform that eliminated the complexity of various business processes, devices and operating systems.

Meanwhile, IBM officials noted that the Gartner quadrant news follows a string of successes for IBM MobileFirst services and software capabilities, including IBM Worklight, in Gartner Magic Quadrants this summer. In July, IBM was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing. IBM is also named a visionary in Magic Quadrants for Managed Mobility Services and Mobile Device Management.

Also in July, IBM announced that Sprint was using IBM MobileFirst solutions to deliver a more personalized, responsive connected car experience. Through new enhancements to the Sprint Velocity connected vehicle platform, cars can be integrated with drivers’ mobile devices and customized to their specific in-vehicle infotainment, security and convenience feature preferences.

Sprint Velocity, a mobile integration solution developed for auto manufacturers, is a pioneering capability that enables automakers to develop and market connected services for cars and passenger trucks. As part of this collaboration, Sprint became the first mobile carrier to use IBM MessageSight, an appliance designed to enable organizations to manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances.

Based on IBM MessageSight, the Sprint Velocity Service Bus is a new communications architecture that lets smartphones, tablets and other devices communicate through the cloud. This architecture enhances the Sprint Velocity platform by simplifying the delivery of connected car services. The result is increased flexibility for auto manufacturers and an improved driver experience.

“With the adoption rate of smartphones steadily on the increase, users have come to expect their preferences to transfer from one device to another,” said Bob S. Johnson, director of development for Sprint Velocity, in a statement. “Transfer of your personalization and customization settings to the connected car is the next logical step for automotive manufacturers looking to drive innovation in a very competitive market. To make this a reality, Sprint Velocity is working with IBM to provide open access across a select group of platforms and partners so vehicles can seamlessly connect a wide array of services and mobile devices.”

“Cars today have become mobile data centers on wheels,” said Rich Stomp, a managing director at IBM, in a statement. “From recalling in-vehicle infotainment preferences to preferred routes, seamlessly integrating all of the customized services provided to drivers can be a complex task. In the era of ‘you,’ IBM MobileFirst solutions are a key ingredient in enabling companies such as Sprint to deliver solutions that help automotive manufacturers create cars customized for the individual–not the masses.”

To download a copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms, click here.


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