Not too long ago, I wrote a post about IBM's then very recent acquisition of
a mobile application platform company called Worklight. Given the fact that
is has been a while (at least in mobile market time) and IBM recently
released (6/15) the new IBM Worklight 5.0 product, I thought it was a good
time to revisit the topic.
First things first, the acquisition of Worklight by IBM and the subsequent
release of IBM Worklight does not change the nature of the solution. It is
still a mobile application platform, and it still provides the end-to-end
capabilities that you probably (or at least should) expect from such a
solution. At a high level, those capabilities address the following needs:
- Application development and build: IBM Worklight provides a robust
development environment called IBM Worklight Studio that allows you to
quickly construct mobile applications for m... (more)
How about we start this post off with some facts?
- Mobile data traffic exceeded voice traffic in 2010 (Wireless Industry News,
August 26, 2010)
- Shipments of smartphones exceeded the shipment of PCs for the first time in
2011 (2011 Economist)
- Ten billion mobile connected devices are expected to be in use by 2020
- 74% of surveyed CIOs indicated mobile capabilities were a top investment
priority over the next three to five years (2011 IBM Global CIO Study)
As you may surmise from the above, the mobile computing space is hot.
Companies are already doing mobile... (more)
The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance can bring speed and agility to test
organizations by drastically increasing the pace and ease with which users
interact with WebSphere Application Server environments. I recently got a
chance to catch up with IBM's Robbie Minshall. Robbie is a WebSphere Test
Architect, and he is responsible for a team of testers that harness a lab of
over 2,000 physical machines to put our WebSphere Application Server product
through some pretty rigorous testing.
Toward the beginning of 2009 Robbie’s team started to leverage the
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance in... (more)
I suppose it's a function of the company I work for (IBM) and in particular
the organization I work within (WebSphere), but much of my focus and interest
in the cloud computing space has been on application infrastructure running
in the cloud (PaaS). Specifically, I'm keen on offerings that provide users
with the ability to quickly provision and access application environments
running in a cloud that's either on-premise or hosted elsewhere. It's in
these offerings, at least in present day time, that we see a common and key
technological enabler: virtualization.
There are many re... (more)
Quite honestly, I am a little fascinated at the preponderance of focus the
industry sometimes puts on the cloud attribute of elasticity. Sure, it is
important, and in fact, a necessary attribute to truly consider something a
cloud. It also makes for cool reading in case studies where companies have
successfully harnessed elasticity in the cloud to reap business value.
However, in my experience with enterprise users, many would benefit from a
couple of less sexy, but equally important attributes of cloud:
standardization and automation.
When I am out talking with middleware appli... (more)