IBM expands MobileFirst portfolio

New and enhanced services of the portfolio focus on mobile strategy and security, application development, and device procurement and management.

In a move to accelerate its mobile initiatives and mobility-as-a-service offerings, IBM announced Monday an expansion of its MobileFirst portfolio, with services focused on strategy and security, app development, and device procurement and management.

First launched in 2013, IBM MobileFirst was designed to streamline mobile adoption with the goal of building a comprehensive suite that combines big data and analytics with cloud and social technologies to help organizations capture new markets.

According to Rich Esposito, GM of IBM Mobility Services:

The expansion of our mobility services portfolio demonstrates our continued investments in building the full breadth of capabilities clients need to radically transform and grow their business through mobile. In 2014, we will further leverage our software acquisitions and growing capabilities in the cloud to provide clients with more flexibility and choices, including 'mobility as-a-service' solutions.

Highlights of the new portfolio include platform management services that IBM said help clients build, configure and fully manage their developer community's app dev environment, supported by both software and a team of in-house experts.

For device procurement, IBM said the expansion allows clients to simplify the selection and ordering of devices, as devices can now be shipped directly to employees and include services for ongoing secure management, customer service and predefined refresh cycles with disposal or repurposing.

On the security front, IBM has expanded its use of threat modeling, source code analysis and penetration testing of device and application to identify and fix vulnerabilities. The tech giant said this enables the client to prevent hackers from gaining root access to their devices and increases the integrity and availability of their security services.

Bolstering IBM's MobileFirst news is an accompanying IDC report that names IBM a leader in enterprise mobility consulting technology services. 

IBM highlighted the following: 

Following an evaluation of 14 companies against 117 criteria, IBM was recognized in the "leaders" category in part for its "training and knowledge sharing, range of service capabilities, innovation/research and development pace and productivity, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction." 

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