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IBM buys Worklight, builds mobility strategy

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HTML5? app development? mobile OS?

IBM Corp. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Worklight Inc. This is just weeks after the company has stated its intent of acquiring the Israeli enterprise mobile app development firm.

IBM has also noted that Worklight is to become an "important piece of IBM's mobility strategy." The acquisition is said to be worth around $70 million, according to Israeli press.

Worklight helps clients build HTML5 apps, along with mobile middleware and in-built security features, as well as data management and analytics components. Building the apps in HTML5 means they are cross platform compatible, meaning users can access them on almost any internet enabled device.

"Developers create one code base to deploy to multiple devices running iOS, Android, Windows and others, and can exploit native device features. This approach brings down the cost of mobile development, not least in that it uses existing developer skills in open web standards rather than difficult-to-source native mobile OS-skilled developers," said the firm.

As mobile computing grows at an exponential rate, IBM has invested significant efforts in reaching out to startups and partner companies it feels it can leverage to enter the space.

The firm also recently launched its Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices software, another security feature for mobile devices in enterprise.

- Sylvie Barak
??EE Times

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