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IBM Mobile Foundation Unveiled

IBM has unveiled its Mobile Foundation, a suite of software and services designed to help enterprises manage the range of mobile devices which are increasingly involved in the work environment.

The platform spans management, security and application development, including tools provided by the recently acquired Worklight.

IBM lists one of the core elements of the Mobile Foundation as connecting cloud and mobile devices, with IBM WebSphere Cast Iron allowing customers to connect mobile apps to cloud systems with relative ease.

On the application development front, tools from Worklight will facilitate mobile app development to run across platforms including BlackBerry, iOS and Android.

Security is naturally a concern, and the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) whereby employees use their own smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices at work. IBM Endpoint Manager helps to manage BYOD security issues, the firm says, effectively securing all endpoints.

The company notes that it is targeting a $22 billion market opportunity with Mobile Foundation, and that worth is expected to increase to around $36 billion by 2015.

Marie Wieck, General Manager, IBM Application and Integration Middleware, commented: "It's no secret that throughout the last decade, the most successful organizations have been quick to leverage new technology for business advantage. Over this time, we have evolved our market-leading portfolio to meet our client's needs to extend their reach through new channels like mobile and cloud computing.

"Our latest offerings are yet another step in this direction and will provide customers with everything they need to support mobile devices in their business and use them to transform the way they interact with customers, partners and employees."