IBM expands mobile offerings with purchase of Israeli firm

In a move that IBM Corp. said will help expand the enterprise mobile capabilities it offers to clients, the computer giant announced Jan. 31 that it will acquire Worklight, a provider of mobile software for smart phones and tablets.

Financial terms for the privately held Israeli company were not disclosed.

With this acquisition, IBM's mobile offerings will span mobile application development, integration, security and management, the company said in its announcement.

The company will become an important piece of IBM's mobility strategy, offering clients an open platform that helps speed the delivery of existing and new mobile applications to multiple devices. It also helps enable secure connections between smart phone and tablet applications with enterprise IT systems, IBM said.

Worklight’s software accelerates the delivery of employee and consumer mobile applications to multiple devices and enables secure connections to a company’s information-technology systems, Bloomberg News said.

The business news agency added that IBM plans to spend about $20 billion on acquisitions from 2011 to 2015, and has bought more than 100 companies since 2003.

IBM Corp., of Armonk, N.Y., ranks No. 21 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 Sarah USA

Between this new developer technology, and partnering with HTC for Android phones, IBM is adding lots of great improvements to its mobile portfolio. Addressing the problem of developing across multiple platforms will come as welcome software for enterprise developers. Sarah Mosaic Technology http://www.mosaictec.com

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