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IBM and AT&T ink apps partnership


IBM and AT&T announced a partnership intended to “provide software developers with a set of powerful new tools to create and deploy next generation mobile apps”.

In a statement, IBM said that consumers will benefit from access to “secure, high-quality apps, including those featuring advanced speech recognition and mobile payment capabilities”.

The partnership will see IBM Worklight, which is described as an “open, comprehensive and advanced mobile app platform for mobile devices” integrated with AT&T’s API platform, enabling developers to create and securely deploy enterprise apps which improve subscriber engagement and customer loyalty.

Carlton Hill, VP of developer services for the operator, said: “AT&T is committed to the success of our rapidly growing developer community. By expanding our platform’s reach and making our API toolkit available on an expanding number of platforms, including IBM Worklight, our developers have the information, tools and resources to continue to build great things and contribute to the mobile ecosystem in meaningful new ways.”

The announcement came as IBM announced its MobileFirst portfolio, which it said combines security, analytics and app development software with cloud-based services and “deep mobile expertise”.

Among the components of MobileFirst is an extension of Worklight to simplify deployment, and security software designed to reduce the risks of iOS apps.

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