Triumph over mobile, cloud and app integration challenges
Mary Forlenza 270001BN8C MARYF@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  services development on-premises cloud application integration mobile applications gartner
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Today's post is by Ewan Auguste, Market Development Leader for IBM WebSphere Marketing; Mary Forlenza, IBM Marketing Communications; and Botond Kiss, Program Director of IBM Application Infrastructure Marketing
The Bryan brothers just missed winning a rare Grand Slam when they lost the doubles tennis competition at the US Open. The last doubles team to win four Majors in one calendar year did so in 1951. In the technology world, IBM has earned a rare Grand Slam by being positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrants for four reports around clients’ mobile, cloud and application integration initiatives.
As the number of devices and sensors grow into the billions, organizations are embarking on these initiatives as the way to establish competitive advantage by mining the Internet of Things. To facilitate client success, IBM provides a single software portfolio that enables organizations to create mobile and cloud-based apps, and integrate them with on-premises applications and back-office systems.
The Gartner Magic Quadrant reports include the following solution areas:
How to meet your application challenges
The Bryan brothers, who happen to be twins, move around the tennis court in a very synchronized, fast and flexible fashion. This is just how you’d want your business to operate, but organizations have some daunting application challenges to overcome. Not only are you building traditional, on-premises applications, but you also want to take many of these applications to the cloud. In addition, you want to build new cloud-born applications and new mobile applications. All of these applications need to work together from front-end systems of engagement to back-end business systems.
The measure of success is when your organization can provide seamless service based on consistent data to customers, partners and employees wanting to interact with you on their preferred platform. The following leadership solutions can help you hit that sweet spot. They are organized by the four Gartner Magic Quadrant reports that assess them. Read about some client implementations and learn about new and enhanced offerings introduced this fall at the IBM InterConnect event in Singapore and other industry events.
On-Premises Applications Platforms
Gartner assessed the application infrastructure vendors providing end-to-end support for enterprise application projects. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
The assessment covered various IBM WebSphere® family offerings, currently used by more than 100,000 clients globally, as well as IBM Rational® and other IBM software. Key offerings covered in the report included WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere eXtreme Scale v.8.6 and WebSphere DataPower® XC10 Appliance. Gartner also noted the value of IBM’s patterns of expertise technology, provided by IBM PureApplication™ System and other IBM software.
Joining the growing IBM PureSystems family, the IBM PureApplication System “mini” on IBM Power Systems™ delivers increased application density and reduced power and space consumption for running web and database applications. The new POWER7+ version, combined with IBM Patterns, deliver a complete cloud application platform in a small 25U package for accelerated cloud deployments.
Part of IBM’s migration of WebSphere to the cloud, the new Liberty Buildpack runtime is available on the Cloud Foundry open-source cloud platform as a service development environment for fast web application development, increased developer productivity and improved experience with Liberty Runtime on the cloud.
How Cincom Systems improved time to market
At Cincom Systems, a provider of computer services, the engineers develop using open source and deploy on licensed software, which can cause inconsistencies between the user experience in development and the customer experience. Using IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.5 Liberty Profile software, Cincom quickly corrects errors and reduces development cycles. The benefits include a projected 20-percent reduction in development cycles and time to market, the ability to fix errors and redeploy 60 times faster, and streamlined development of high-quality desktop and mobile applications. View the video with Raj Chacko, Technical Product manager for Cincom Systems.
Application Services Governance
Gartner assessed vendors of application services governance solutions, noting that vendors have extended their on-premises and cloud offerings to support the API management and service oriented architecture (SOA) governance needs of organizations. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
IBM products having comprehensive SOA governance functionality include WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, WebSphere DataPower, IBM Tivoli® Monitoring, IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management and Rational Asset Manager.
IBM API Management V2.0 is a single solution with an intuitive user experience to create, socialize and manage APIs, and it comes with native, built-in integration with IBM DataPower. The IBM solution eases the assembling of APIs by using configuration rather than coding. The administration portal helps you establish policies for critical API attributes like self-registration, quotas, key management and security policies. The analytics engine provides valuable role-based insight for API owners, solution administrators and application developers. To learn more about API management, watch a brief demo and read this eBook.
IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances extend industry-leading SOA and business-to-business security, control, optimization and integration capabilities to web, mobile, and API workloads. These appliances also support Web 2.0 integration with JSON and REST, advanced application caching, and rapid integration with cloud-based systems. WebSphere DataPower V6.0 helps reduce infrastructure complexity and lowers total cost of ownership for security and integration gateway solutions. Besides providing API gateway functionality for IBM API Management, it offers security-enhanced integration with IBM Worklight software.
Mobile Application Development Platforms
Gartner assessed major vendors of mobile application development platforms for enterprise IT developers creating mobile apps for customers, partners and employees. The report focuses on IBM Worklight, the development platform in the IBM MobileFirst portfolio, which also includes IBM Rational, IBM WebSphere Cast Iron,® IBM Tealeaf® and IBM Endpoint Manager capabilities. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
IBM MobileFirst provides the key elements of an application and data platform with the management, security and analytics capabilities needed for the enterprise. IBM Worklight® provides standards-based, cross-platform mobile app development. It connects and synchronizes with back-end systems. Worklight also provides governance and security at the application, network and data layer. Worklight received a 2013 CODIE Award for Best Mobile Development Solution.
The new IBM Worklight V6.1 further accelerates service-driven mobile development for higher quality, higher impact apps. In addition, new IBM UrbanCode plugin for Worklight automates mobile application deployment and availability from development through test and production.
How freedomone mobile slashed development costs
Freedomone mobile, an IT consulting firm based in Montreal, needed to create a security-rich mobile application development platform designed for reliability. The company used IBM Worklight software to create code once, and then deploy it to multiple devices and operating systems. On one project, freedomone mobile cut development costs by about 70 percent using the Worklight application.
“The freedomone solution is all based on IBM WebSphere® technology,” says Pierre Paul Samson, cofounder and chief technical officer, freedomone mobile. “So we are leveraging IBM WebSphere Application Server and the IBM DB2® relational database. And when we developed our interactive communication platform, we saw mobile apps as a channel among a number of other channels. But the mobile app channel was huge and we were looking for a strategic partner to undertake that piece. And IBM did.”
Read the case study to learn more about the implementation and benefits of the freedomone mobile application development platform.
On-Premises Application Integration Suites
Gartner assessed vendors whose software supports systematic application-to-application, business-to-business and cloud-based application integration. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
Among the market-leading offerings for application integration covered in the report are IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM Integration Bus, IBM WebSphere DataPower appliances and IBM WebSphere Cast Iron software.
IBM WebSphere MQ helps organizations to accelerate the delivery of applications with a highly configurable messaging environment. The new IBM WebSphere MQ Advanced for Developers provides faster access to WebSphere MQ advanced capabilities so developers can enhance applications with message security, managed file transfer and mobile access. It is available for download at no cost for developers to use on their own machines at home or at work. Learn more on IBM developerWorks. Join the IBM Messaging Community.
How Follett integrates e-commerce platform with inventory control
Follett Higher Education Group is a family-owned bookstore provider that supplies management systems, support services, and used textbooks to more than 1,800 independently managed bookstores. The company is also the largest operator of college bookstores in North America, with more than 930 stores. Follett pioneered selling college textbooks online in 1995 and now serves some four million students at more than 1,000 campuses nationwide through efollett.com – the most widely used e-commerce platform in the college bookstore industry.
A non-public-facing inventory control system backs up Follett’s e-commerce platform and uses IBM Sterling Commerce® software and IBM WebSphere® Application Server and WebSphere MQ to tie everything together. To learn more about Follett’s solution, read the case study.
WebSphere Integration Bus, formerly known as IBM WebSphere Message Broker, is an enterprise service bus (ESB) providing connectivity and universal data transformation for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and non-SOA environments. With Integration Bus, businesses of any size can eliminate point-to-point connections and batch processing regardless of platform, protocol or data format. IBM Quick Win Pilot for Integration Bus is a new service to help you define an end-to-end integration solution for your objectives and deliver a tangible subset of the overall solution. With the Quick Win pilot project, you can establish a simplified and flexible integration foundation to quickly support business needs and growth.
IBM intends to introduce an Integration Bus Retail Pack with capabilities for ready-to-use connectivity and time-saving patterns for retailers seeking cross-channel integration. Pattern-based, retail-focused development tooling will provide rapid integration without detailed knowledge of integration engines or enterprise service bus technologies.
The WebSphere Cast Iron cloud integration platform can enable rapid, no-coding construction of integration among software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, on-premises packaged applications, custom applications and generic systems such as databases, files and web services. New IBM WebSphere Cast Iron V7 software brings to the hybrid cloud integration market enhanced application connectivity, cryptography, security, audit, performance and scalability.
Review the Gartner reports to find the best solutions for your application challenges. Learn why IBM was positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrants for the four reports around clients’ mobile, cloud and application integration initiatives.
Successfully triumph over your application challenges and integrate new systems of interaction with back-end systems by using IBM’s market-leading software. While IBM just earned a rare Grand Slam, let’s hope the Bryan brothers also succeed in breaking the 1951 Grand Slam record in the coming years.