Taking DevOps Mobile

Mobile is the fastest growing consumer technology in history and is undeniably strategic. As enterprises build applications to engage these newly mobile enabled individuals they face new challenges as a result of the increased complexity in developing for multiple mobile platforms, security, and back-end integration.

 

  • 91% of mobile users keep their device within arm’s reach 100% of the time

  • 75% of mobile shoppers take action after receiving a location based message

  • 96% year to year increase in mobile cyber Monday sales between 2012 and 2011

  • 90% of users use multiple screens as channels creating integrated experiences

  • Global machine-to-machine connections will increase from 2 billion in 2011 to 18 billion at the end of 2022

 

Gartner says that developing mobile applications for enterprises presents unique challenges, including:

  • Every mobile operating system has its own presentation style, interaction style and software stack

  • Screen sizes, input modes and hardware capabilities differ amongst devices

  • Devices and OS are constantly updating

  • Network connectivity and power levels fluctuate widely in typical usage scenarios

  • New consumer applications regularly extend and revise the standards for good mobile applications

IBM Worklight

The proliferation and the pace of change of mobile devices demands that organisations respond with agility. IBM Worklight provides a set of tools to be customized to the individual business needs of an organisation, such as:

  • Improving customer relationships and user experience
  • Reducing paperwork and manual interventions
  • Intensifying and enhancing marketing capabilities and reach

IBM Worklight allows developers to build solutions even to the most unique requirements and reduce the effective distance to customers, engaging the user base to accelerate real mobile interaction and communication.

IBM Worklight uses open standards, such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and solutions such as Apache Cordova, Eclipse Foundation, and the Android and Apple SDKs. This provides flexibility in implementing a mobile communication channel and can reduce the time-to-market for a new version of an application that supports a newly released device.