Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms

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    The mobile application development platform market continues to grow, evolve and mature in response to escalating customer requirements. We assess the major vendors that enable enterprise IT developers to create mobile applications for customers, partners and employees.

    Market Definition/Description
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    The mobile application development platform (MADP) market offers tools, technologies, components and services that together constitute the critical elements of a platform. The MADP enables an enterprise to design, develop, deploy, distribute and manage a portfolio of mobile applications running on a range of devices and addressing the requirements of diverse use cases, including external-facing and internal-facing scenarios.

    IBM is a public corporation based in Armonk, New York. IBM has made progress across the whole application life cycle, from the introduction of a drag-and-drop app editor, integrated test and deployment tools, to the ability to deploy any kind of application from Web to native. IBM's open approach allows interoperation with other products and frameworks at each point in the tool chain. This is supported by significant investment in Web and related standards, including HTML5.

    Worklight is the MADP component of IBM's comprehensive MobileFirst enterprise mobility program. The Worklight platform includes analytics, testing, integration, security and management. While the focus of Worklight is hybrid apps, it can also be used to build Web apps and native code, the latter generated by integration with the native toolsets that leverage the Worklight server back end for integration, security and management. Apps can be coded in JavaScript or created using a graphical drag-and-drop editor for business analysts. Worklight addresses app industrialization issues, such as consistency of behavior and security compliance. Worklight accomplishes this through its shell capability and UI patterns, as well as through support for continuous integration that complements a range of test and quality assurance features. The Worklight IDE and other tools are free of charge to download and use. Charges apply only as apps are deployed into production. Different licensing models are available for consumer- and employee-facing applications.

    IBM is becoming increasingly cloud-focused and will continue delivering cloud-based services for mobile throughout 2014. IBM also announced an agreement with Apple to deliver iOS-specific mBaaS services and to jointly develop more than 100 customizable mobile apps that leverage IBM's big data and analytics capabilities. This will complement its library of integration components.

    IBM's pricing strategy is to build a sustainable software tool/platform business through different pricing models (component-based as well as per-user-based pricing). Typical costs for an initial mobile development project, in terms of direct licensing fees and related payments to the vendor, are in the enterprise end of the spectrum (more than $50,000 per year); see Note 1.

    MobileFirst is best-suited for midsize and large development organizations focused on using the hybrid app model to address multiple-device platforms, and employing or utilizing a company's skill base in open technologies, such as Eclipse, HTML5 and JavaScript, as well as iOS business apps in the enterprise.

    • Worklight enables organizations to use their existing Web and native skills for automating many mobile requirements.
    • Worklight is complemented by the MobileFirst enterprise mobility suite, as well as IBM's overall portfolio of Web, application life cycle management (ALM), test, cloud, security and connectivity capabilities.
    • The Worklight tool chain is open, allowing development teams to introduce alternative products or frameworks that best suit their needs, including Bluemix mBaaS services.
    • IBM is investing significant effort in its partner ecosystem, but there are a limited number of developers experienced on Worklight. However, Worklight incorporates foundational technologies (Apache Cordova and Dojo) that have wider market adoption. Also, the company states that it is registering 45,000 Worklight developers per quarter.
    • While IBM is developing significant cloud capabilities to support Worklight, these are still new and unproven.
    • Enterprise buyers should identify the appropriate IBM licensing terms for their projects to keep costs at a manageable level. Gartner has heard concerns from some clients that the platform gets expensive as their mobile development efforts grow. Enterprises looking for rapid application development for simple apps may find that the offering is more than they need, in terms of complexity and expense.

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