How IBM MobileFirst can accelerate Apps development?

Because of the increasing demand for cross-platform mobile solutions and mobile development tools, several Mobile solutions providers sprung up during hay years of mobile application. However, each one had its own shortcomings like uncommon language for scripting, proprietary interpreters, and limited environment for development. This led mobile developers to compromise on costs, user experience and marketing time. It was then IBM MobileFirst (formerly IBM Worklight) came to rescue the forte of many.

IBM MobileFirst is based on ‘code once and run on multiple devices’ approach. It provides a standard based, comprehensive platform that includes IDE/SDK, mobile-middleware, private enterprise app store, strong security framework, management & analytics console. It currently supports iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry platforms.

This software helps corporates to expand their businesses to mobile devices. It offers an open, advanced and more comprehensive platform for building, testing, running and managing mobile applications for tablets and smartphones. Thus, it reduces the cost of development and the time takes to market. Furthermore, it also improves the governance of mobile application and facilitates a secure atmosphere for mobile applications.

After IBM acquired the mobile platform product Worklight in Feb 2012, it has integrated this product into all of its products so as to provide a complete life cycle management solution. After acquisition, it was called IBM Worklight. But after their 6.3 version, they have renamed the product to IBM MobileFirst.

The standards based technologies used by IBM MobileFirst completely removes the usage of code translation, non- standard scripting languages, and proprietary interpreters. IBM MobileFirst can accelerate the business development by enabling the corporates to support several mobile operating platforms from an exclusive, shared code base; by easily getting connected and synchronized with enterprise data, cloud services and applications; by protecting mobile applications in a secure atmosphere; and by governing mobile application from a single point of control.  Without writing a single line of code, through the use of adapters it can provide secure access to internal services. Similarly unified push notifications and SMS made the developers work very easy. They can be used with just few lines of code. IBM MobileFirst internally uses Cordova (Formerly PhoneGap) cross mobile platform along with HTML5, JS and CSS for hybrid applications.

The IBM MobileFirst’s portfolio can help enterprises of any size to quickly expedite development tasks for multiple platforms at ease. It can be utilized productively to develop, connect, run and manage mobile applications for matching the security standards of any business to that of any global organization.

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  • Practice Head-Cloud and Mobility at Trigent with more than two decades of IT experience. He is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani with educational qualification of BE, MS, MBA & PGDAC. He works out of Trigent's offshore software development center in Bangalore.