IBM MobileFirst Platform, Services Launch for Enterprise Customers
“AppScan for Mobile provides developers with an unmatched view into where vulnerabilities appear in their mobile apps due its deep cognizance of platform APIs,” said Vijay Dheap, a Master Inventor and mobile security strategist at IBM. “Each time a vulnerability assessment is run the developer can gain better understanding of the security implications of API use and therefore improve the security quality of each subsequent mobile development project.” And in the new IBM MobileFirst Analytics offering solution IBM expanded its Tealeaf CX Mobile solution to give enterprises more visual insight into mobile behaviors so they can better understand where improvements are needed and create exceptional and consistent consumer experiences across mobile devices. According to IBM’s recent Tech Trends Report, only 1 in 10 organizations have the skills needed to effectively apply advanced technologies such as mobile computing. To help overcome this skills gap, IBM is rolling out a series of resources to help its ecosystem of developers, partners and academics tap into the mobile opportunity and augment existing skills or develop new ones. For instance, for developers, IBM is announcing a partnership with AT&T that will enable developers to enhance mobile apps by using IBM Worklight to access AT&Ts APIs in the cloud. Now, developers can quickly and easily create apps with rich features such as speech recognition and rapid payment. IBM is also rolling out new technical assets on developerWorks and CodeRally, a developer game community.Meanwhile, Custis noted that enterprises are embracing the mobile revolution at a rapid pace and IBM has had its share of services engagements related to mobility. IBM also has thousands of mobile experts to help users understand how industries will be transformed in a mobile first world, based on client engagements across more than a dozen industries. The IBM MobileFirst portfolio includes several services to help clients establish mobile strategies, design and implement mobile projects. The new IBM MobileFirst Strategy and Design Services enable enterprises to tap into IBM expertise to map out a mobile strategy for employees and customers, and key design skills from IBM Interactive to build compelling mobile experiences. IBM’s new Mobile Maturity Model can assess a businesses’ progress towards becoming a mobile first enterprise, while new Mobile Workshops help clients develop applications, architect infrastructure, and accelerate their mobile progress. At the same time, the IBM MobileFirst Development and Integration Services help organizations roll out a mobile infrastructure and manage mobile application portfolios and BYOD environments. Enhanced Network Infrastructure Services for Mobile provide IT network strategy, optimization, integration and management. Mobile Enterprise Services for Managed Mobility help manage and secure smart phones, tablets and devices across a business. Mobile Application Platform Management speeds deployment of mobile infrastructure to develop mobile applications more easily and quickly. “We have a deep, industry-leading set of capabilities around managed mobility,” Custis said. “In addition, we’re doubling our investment in mobile across all of our brands,” he said.
For business partners, IBM released Ready for IBM MobileFirst so independent software vendors (ISVs) can embed mobile technologies into their solutions, and IBM Software Value Plus now provides mobile certifications, workshops and incentives for resellers and systems integrators. And for academics, to help train the next generation of mobile developers, IBM is offering new faculty grants for curricula development. IBM also is making Worklight available, free of charge, for the classroom and via online training to teach both students and faculty to develop for mobile environments.