With the surprise announcement last fall that the technology consumer giant Apple was joining forces with business technology experts at IBM, we see a very different technology landscape taking shape in the future.
IBM gains access to over 4000 new APIs and an enterprise developer program, enabling better, more secure development on the iOS platform. These APIs will also enable IBM cloud services, which provide better business level security than what you see with the personal iCloud options found on current iPhones. Employees may leave, but their icloud data stays with them. Many organizations worried about security and data leaks will be thankful that there are now better options to secure application data for the enterprise.
As it's been recently noted, businesses have a tendency to be lax on their security within mobile application development. By enabling a better system of APIs and development protocols, IBM and Apple are able to help address this issue. Application developers can focus more easily on functionality and user experience, while leveraging a robust pool of APIs that provide an inherently more secure mobile application.
Some great new applications were shown recently at the mobile world congress. Some working examples included a wealth management application, a passenger care system for airlines, and a dynamic buy application, built to help retail buyers get better deals on high margin, high revenue spot purchases.
With IBM's cloud software and Big Data capabilities, we see enormous potential in this partnership driving mobile software innovation. The potential to draw real intelligence into the mobile user experience is expanding rapidly, pushing the best possible information into the hands of the front line workers utilizing these mobile applications.
At the same time, mobile device management remains an area of emphasis for many businesses, and the ability to integrate more secure applications onto these devices will assist IT Admins with their device management duties.