IBM Positioned as Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms

ARMONK, N.Y. - 28 Jul 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM ) today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms.1 For the report Gartner evaluated the IBM MobileFirst Platform.

According to Gartner, “a MADP enables an enterprise to design, develop, test, deploy, distribute, analyze and manage a portfolio of cross-platform mobile apps on a range of devices running Android and iOS, and addressing the requirements of diverse use cases including external-facing and internal-facing scenarios.

According to Gartner, “Leaders must represent a strong combination of Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. In the MADP sector, this means that Leaders not only are good at cross-platform development, deployment and management across the full life cycle, but also have a good vision of the multichannel enterprise, support for multiple architectures and standards, a solid understanding of IT requirements, and scalable channels and partnerships. Leaders must provide platforms that are easy to purchase, program, deploy and upgrade, and which can connect to a range of back-end and cloud services, from the same vendor as well as third parties.”

With access to cloud-based or on premise capabilities, organizations using the IBM MobileFirst Platform can build, integrate and manage mobile apps at scale. Clients can use the platform to build and deploy mobile apps, or integrate apps built with third party tools. It is optimized for native, HTML5 and hybrid development, or any combination of these approaches.

"Today, most companies already have a backlog of mobile apps waiting to be built,” said Phil Buckellew, vice president, enterprise mobile, IBM. “The IBM MobileFirst Platform quickly delivers high quality apps with a modular platform that supports business requirements for speed, and agility. We believe Gartner’s continued recognition of IBM MobileFirst reinforces how IBM is redefining the mobile application development platform and putting a rich set of tools and cloud-based services into the hands of the world’s developers so they can focus on creating exceptional mobile applications.”

Whether just getting started or on track to rapidly increase their number of enterprise mobile apps, organizations can benefit from multiple IBM MobileFirst Platform capabilities including the ability to:

Continuously Improve – Support the lifecycle of continuous delivery for mobile in one package. Collect in app usage and feedback for enhanced sentiment analysis and crash analytics.

Secure – Protect enterprise data from exposure through mobile exploits using advanced user authentication and supporting app authenticity, encrypting local data and performing app scanning.

Contextualize and Personalize - Develop proximity-aware mobile apps to create relevant, contextual mobile experiences that connect insights from digital engagement and physical presence.

Enable Data Rich Apps – Provide mobile data that allows organizations to store, sync, scale and connect to data in enterprise systems.

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About IBM MobileFirst

IBM’s 6,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, which have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, and help organizations engage more people and capture new markets. For more information on IBM MobileFirst, visit the press kit or Follow @IBMMobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

*1 – Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms -Richard Marshall, Van L. Baker, Ray Valdes, Jason Wong, Adrian Leow 23 July 2015 *

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