IBM has announced plans to work with a software development company called Ionic to make it easier for enterprises to produce their own applications.
Big Blue said that the arrangement will bring "powerful" new capabilities to its customers and will give companies that are low on skills the ability to develop and prototype apps within minutes.
IBM has already made significant inroads here in a partnership with Apple to deliver business apps for iPhones and iPads.
The partnership with Ionic will allow companies to build powerful apps quickly that will be "ready for enterprise integration" and boost business application use.
"When combined with the IBM MobileFirst Platform, organisations gain a mobile app development and enterprise integration solution with the ability to reduce complexity and tap into powerful analytics, management and security capabilities," IBM said.
Ionic said that customers on both sides will benefit. "Teaming with IBM benefits our customers by expanding engagement with enterprise business users who don't need a technical background to access the integration and quality assurance capabilities necessary to develop high-quality apps," said Max Lynch, co-founder and chief executive of Ionic.
"With close to one million developers using Ionic, we have a rapidly expanding base of users who understand the value of open standards to increase velocity around mobile innovation."
The arrangement is part of IBM's plans to increase the enterprise use of applications. The company said that only a third of enterprises use more than three business mobile applications, and that there is "increasing pressure" to expand on this.
"IBM and Ionic are helping organisations increase revenues and employee productivity by enabling them to overcome challenges that could hamstring their mobile strategies, such as large mobile app backlogs and lack of skills," said Angel Diaz, vice president for cloud architecture and technology at IBM.
"This agreement empowers organisations to quickly expand their app portfolios and benefit from open standards to enable developers to complete the last enterprise mile, making apps secure, integrated and easy to manage."
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