MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--After stating its intent several weeks ago, IBM says it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Israeli enterprise mobile app development firm Worklight.
The Israeli press has said the acquisition cost IBM $70 million with IBM noting Worklight is to become an “important piece of IBM’s mobility strategy.”
The firm helps clients build HTML5 apps, along with mobile middleware and in-built security features, as well as data management and analytics components. Building the apps in HTML5 means they are cross platform compatible, meaning users can access them on almost any internet enabled device.
“Developers create one code base to deploy to multiple devices running iOS, Android, Windows, and others, and can exploit native device features. This approach brings down the cost of mobile development, not least in that it uses existing developer skills in open web standards rather than difficult-to-source native mobile OS-skilled developers,” said the firm.
As mobile computing grows at an exponential rate, IBM has invested significant efforts in reaching out to startups and partner companies it feels it can leverage to enter the space.
The firm also recently launched its Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices software, another security feature for mobile devices in enterprise.