IBM expands its mobile portfolio for enterprises

IBM expands its mobile portfolio for enterprises

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Three years ago, IBM escalated its focus on mobile by partnering with Apple to deliver enterprise iOS apps that change the nature of work. Today, the partnership continues to expand, achieving several billion dollars in signings with more than 3,800 client engagements supported by market-ready and custom iOS apps designed for professions across all industries, including store associates, flight attendants, and field technicians.

In order to offer clients greater access to its mobile capabilities, IBM is introducing new Garages dedicated to the quick design, integration and deployment of MobileFirst for iOS apps, adding to its growing network of global studios and labs where clients work with more than 10,000 experts in mobile and cognitive.

“Four years ago, we made enterprise mobility a reality, and we’ve seen how transformative mobile can be,” said Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, IBM Industry Platforms. “Today, companies are now reigning in mobile faster than ever, creating a critical need for powerful innovations that will reinvent how they do business. We’re combining the power of mobile with cognitive and analytics to continue to push the market forward.”

IBM is expanding its network of design and development studios and Garages across the world, which currently include Atlanta, Cupertino, Toronto, Chicago and the MobileFirst for iOS Garage in Bangalore, to add global hubs in Shanghai and Bucharest dedicated to the creation and delivery of apps across mobile platforms.

Mobile apps designed by IBM can be embedded with the cognitive capabilities of IBM Watson to deliver experiences that learn and adapt, and drive better, faster decision-making.
Mobile is an accelerator of digital transformation

IBM is using the new studios and garage development labs to accelerate access to its Mobile at Scale capabilities and help enterprises fast track their transformations. Mobile at Scale provides exceptional experiences through the continuous delivering of new apps while managing the complexity of keeping existing apps current. A recent report from Forrester shows that by using Mobile at Scale, an airline deploying a suite of iOS enterprise apps anticipates a 48% return on investment over a three-year period, with a 30% reduction in mobile app development costs and a 10% reduction in operating costs. The study is based on a comparison of Mobile at Scale to current enterprise wide approaches to mobile.

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