The drive to ‘develop once and deploy everywhere’ has become more acute as small and big enterprise IT shops have needed to support a wide array of mobile devices. This has led to the appearance of mobile middleware that acts as a moderating stage between the enterprise backend and the mobile frontend.
”One of the challenges for companies is to keep up with the pace of mobility. It is difficult – updating [mobile apps] in some cases on a monthly basis,” said Steve Drake, analyst, IDC. That is where the mobile middleware trend gets impetus.
The trend proved vibrant enough this week for IBM to scoop up Israel-based mobile middleware house Worklight for an undisclosed sum.
Growth of mobile and client fragmentation presses IT development resources, said Scott Hebner, Vice President Marketing, IBM Tivoli Software.
”It’s a good move for IBM. It really kind of steps up their mobile offerings,” said IDC’s Drake. ”They certainly needed a bit of a boost when it comes to a need for a mobile application platform.”
Clearly, there is an intersection of cloud computing and mobile application underway, and Big Blue’s moves — it has also purchased firms like mobile security manager Big Fix, which last week was officially integrated into IBM with products rebranded as IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager – show it is determined to be a big mobile player.
”One of the big drivers of cloud is mobile. You will see us enable mobility, analytics and cloud across the portfolio,” Hebner said. ”Mobility is a strategic [goal] of IBM.” – Jack Vaughan