February 21, 2013

IBM today announced a new suite of mobile products for its business customers that focus on security, device management as well as analytics and application development.

IBM MobileFirst allows businesses to "streamline everything from the management of employee mobile devices, to the creation of a new mobile commerce app that will transform their entire business model," the company said.

IBM today also announced an expanded relationship with AT&T to provide developers with tools designed to create mobile apps and services for customers.

“To date, mobile computing has been dominated by discussions of new smartphones, operating systems, games and apps,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, middleware software for IBM, in a written statement. “But enterprises have yet to tap into the potential of mobile business. Just as the Internet transformed the way we bank, book vacations and manage our healthcare, mobile computing is also transforming industries."

According to the company, the IBM MobileFirst portfolio features several services to help clients establish mobile strategies, design and implement mobile projects.

These include IBM’s new Mobile Maturity Model, which the company said can help a business know how it is progressing towards becoming a mobile enterprise, and new workshops designed to help its clients develop applications, architect infrastructure and accelerate their mobile progress.

MobileFirst also offers services to help organizations roll out a mobile infrastructure and manage mobile application portfolios and BYOD environments, said IBM

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Bryan Yurcan is associate editor for Bank Systems and Technology. He has worked in various editorial capacities for newspapers and magazines for the past 8 years. After beginning his career as ...