IBM partnered with Ionic to provide prototype apps in minutes for enterprise integration and have ready access to open source technology to accelerate mobile app development.
The companies will combine IBM‘s MobileFirst Platform, through Bluemix, its big data platform, with Ionic’s drag-and-drop app design capabilities.
The aim is to reduce complexity and tap into powerful analytics, management and security capabilities.
Securely connect to back-end systems and work quickly through heavy app backlogs are among promised functions..
Angel Diaz, VP for cloud architecture at IBM, said: "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."
Max Lynch, CEO at Ionic said: "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."
Steve Lokam, senior principal of OpenLogix said: "Many organisations still struggle with their mobile strategies because there isn’t an environment that fosters strong collaboration between business leaders and developer teams. This divide not only slows down development and increases backlogs, but can also lead to poor quality apps that are not delivering on the needs of the user.
"IBM and Ionic coming together helps bridge that gap and speeds the development of great apps – in secure, integrated environments – which we believe will benefit our joint clients."