IBM announced its deal with Ionic to combine its drag-and-drop app design capabilities with the IBM MobileFirst Platform.
Business users without software development skills can now prototype apps in minutes that are ready for enterprise integration and benefit from open source technology to accelerate mobile app portfolio expansion.
While 60 percent of large companies used fewer than three mobile apps last year, there is increasing pressure to expand mobile app portfolios. By 2017, 100 percent of the line of business apps in customer-facing roles and 75 percent of line of business apps in internally facing roles will be built for mobile usage.
When combined with the IBM MobileFirst Platform, organizations gain a mobile app development and enterprise integration solution with the ability to reduce complexity and tap into analytics, management and security capabilities.
“Teaming with IBM benefits our customers by expanding engagement with enterprise business users who don’t need a technical background to access the integration and quality assurance capabilities necessary to develop high quality apps,” said Max Lynch, co-founder and CEO of Ionic.
Business analysts and line of business managers, including those from finance, human resources and marketing, can use the cloud-based Ionic Creator to lead up-front app ideation. They can tie with developer teams who can take the prototype and integrate the app with existing systems and IT infrastructure.
“IBM and Ionic are helping organizations increase revenues and employee productivity by enabling them to overcome challenges that could hamstring their mobile strategies – such as large mobile app backlogs and lack of skill sets,” said Angel Diaz, vice president, cloud architecture and technology of IBM.