How Smarter IT Paves the Way for a Mobile Future

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-07-07 Print this article Print

From playing games and shopping online to cashing checks on the go and getting real-time updates on the daily commute, the demand for mobile technology is huge, global and growing. Leaders in all industries are unlocking this growth opportunity in mobile with the help of what IBM calls smarter IT infrastructure, cloud and analytics. The right mix of hardware, software and services enables companies to streamline their day-to-day business operations and develop innovative mobile apps and content to serve customers better and grow business. The following examples outline how vast the growth of mobile is and how businesses are supporting their bottom lines and paving the way to a more mobile future with advanced, efficient IT infrastructure. For instance, one bank recently added cloud capabilities that are expected to improve the bank's application availability and reduce end-of-day batch processing time for daily transactions from more than 13 hours to 70 minutes. This greater operational efficiency will allow the bank to focus more on introducing innovative banking products for customers and less on managing daily business operations. With information gleaned from IBM cases, eWEEK lists several such instances of smarter IT infrastructure at work in the mobile arena.

  • How Smarter IT Paves the Way for a Mobile Future

    By Darryl K. Taft
    How Smarter IT Paves the Way for a Mobile Future
  • Zitouna Bank of Tunisia

    In a nation where more than 50 percent of the population does not have access to modern, reliable financial services and more than a quarter have no bank accounts at all, Zitouna Bank of Tunisia is using cloud capabilities composed of IBM servers, storage, software and services to transform its core banking systems, support its expansion goals, and roll out new Internet and mobile services for customers.
    Zitouna Bank of Tunisia
  • Australia's Yarra Trams

    Melbourne, Australia's local transportation system operator Yarra Trams is using IBM servers and software to draw insights from the large volumes of data from its trams and infrastructure to improve day-to-day operations. Yarra Trams maintenance workers access work orders and receive information about tram service on tablets, enabling better management of repairs and quicker responses to disruptions such as traffic delays or bad weather.
    Australia's Yarra Trams
  • Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

    As the use of smartphones and tablets continues to grow, organizers of the Wimbledon Championships looked to IBM to help enhance the fan experience by delivering new types of analysis and information in real time, with a solution consisting of servers, storage, software and services. Mobile users accounted for 20 percent of the 19.7 million unique visitors to during last year's tournament, and were responsible for a massive 55 percent of the 433 million total page views—up from 40 percent in 2012.
    Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
  • Music Mastermind's Zya

    Music Mastermind encourages performers and artists to create and share their own music with Zya, a mobile game that puts the power of real music creation into the hands of users worldwide, combining social, interactive and music production elements. A private cloud infrastructure consisting of IBM servers and storage in Music Mastermind's two data centers enables game developers to create new features for the game and provides hosting for players.
    Music Mastermind's Zya
  • ABC Capital Banking

    After merging a banking institution and independent portfolio management firm to create one of the largest financial companies in Mexico, ABC Capital called on IBM to help integrate its existing technology platforms to continue providing new products and offerings, like mobile banking, to consumers.
    ABC Capital Banking
  • Ghana's Surfline Communications

    Telecom service provider Surfline Communications turned to an IBM cloud solution to help tap into the growing mobile data market in the African nation of Ghana and across the continent. Mobile data is viewed as the most logical path to grow Internet adoption in the country and also stimulate economic growth through the emergence of an e-commerce sector in Ghana, as well as in many other African countries.
    Ghana's Surfline Communications
  • South Korea's NS Shopping

    South Korea-based NS Shopping is transforming its e-commerce platform and mobile sales channels with infrastructure based on IBM servers, storage, services and software. The combined technology provides NS Shopping with analytics and interactive app capabilities that have helped personalize customer experiences by tracking shoppers' buying patterns and purchase histories on both its Website and mobile interfaces.
    South Korea's NS Shopping
  • Saigon Hanoi Commercial Joint Stock Bank

    Saigon Hanoi Commercial Joint Stock Bank, with more than 240 branches, tapped IBM to streamline business processes and meet demand for new mobile banking services. According to the State Bank of Vietnam, only 20 percent of Vietnam's population holds bank accounts while the country's labor force exceeds 50 million people, and new applications such as mobile banking help the bank to grow its business by reaching this underserved market.
    Saigon Hanoi Commercial Joint Stock Bank
  • Germany's CANCOM SE Goes Mobile

    German IT services and solutions provider CANCOM SE turned to IBM servers for its CANCOM AHP Private Cloud Desktop solution. The CANCOM AHP Private Cloud provides remote access to corporate applications and data using any device that is connected to the Internet, providing a mobile and flexible IT workplace for clients.
    Germany's CANCOM SE Goes Mobile
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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