IBM and Apple expand iOS applications

Apple and IBM have delivered three new enterprise applications developed for iOS as part of their ongoing IBM MobileFirst for iOS partnership to address key priorities for the banking and financial services, airline and retail industries.

IBM has also created a tool for iOS and Android mobile applications to benefit people with disabilities worldwide, including vision and hearing impaired, as well as elderly.

IBM says that more than 50 foundational clients including Air Canada, American Eagle Outfitters, Banorte, Boots UK, Citi, and Sprint have adopted the applications.

Passenger care allows airline customer service agents to check in while they are still in line leading to a smoother and more personalized experience for passengers and easing airport congestion.

Dynamic Buy helps retailers to make better buying decisions by offering seasonal recommendations and real time performance information.

Advisor Alerts is designed for enterprises in banking and financial services and helps financial professionals prioritize client related tasks while away from the office. Backed by customized analytics, the app includes a personalized dashboard that displays recommended next steps and alerts portfolio affecting events. It also provides a platform for communication with colleagues back at the office.

Apple iOS 8 for enterprises

All applications are built exclusively for iPhone and iPad and delivered in a secure environment, embedded with analytics and linked to core enterprise processes and they can be customized for any organizations and easily deployed, managed and upgraded via IBMs cloud services for iOS devices.

IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, energy and utilities and for governments and airlines.

IBM offers a testing tool to ensure mobile applications are usable by disabled and elders. The Mobile Accessibility Checker is an automated test to strengthen the accessibility features of mobile applications.

Mobile Accessibility Checker helps developers identify and correct usability issues early in development to deliver an optimized mobile user experience. The tool checks that the color of the text, font size, command buttons and spacing between the elements are large enough for those with visual impairments and helps to deliver an optimized mobile user experience.

As a part of Mobile Accessibility Checker roll out, IBM is collaborating with accessibility software SSB Bart Group, to create a new mobile accessibility management platform utilizing Mobile Accessibility Checker.

IBM Mobile Accessibility Checker is also available as a service or software component from IBM.

Shilpa Khatri
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