IBM has released updated web application and cloud computing software for enterprise customers.
WebSphere Application Server 8 simplifies the development and deployment of web and mobile applications, the firm said, while its Cloud Application Providers programme offers software and financing to businesses looking to move into the software-as-a-service (SaaS) sector.
The update extends the middleware platform to support applications running on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry mobile systems.
IBM will also extend the WebSphere platform with some 50 new products and services to help businesses bring web applications onto new platforms and devices.
"We are seeing sea changes in the way people demand access to information and applications," said Marie Wieck, middleware general manager of applications and integration at IBM.
"With today's announcement, we are helping our clients to extend key business applications beyond their traditional networks to mobile, social, cloud and other new market opportunities."
Additionally, IBM is looking to help developers get new cloud computing and SaaS platforms off the ground.
IBM Cloud Application Providers offers monthly subscription pricing on software which can be used by enterprises to run SaaS applications. IBM said that the pricing structure will match the business plans of SaaS operators which collect subscriptions fees by the month.
The company is planning to offer its products and services free of financing charges to SaaS start-ups, and with the option for deferred payment.
IBM hopes that the campaign will help the firm's platforms to become established in the emerging SaaS and cloud service markets.
IBM has stepped up its efforts in the cloud computing space over recent months, offering enterprises a number of new platforms and services for using and delivering cloud applications.
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