IBM Worklight Gets The Magic Quadrant Treatment
September 22, 2014 Dan Burger
Gaining a favorable place on Gartner‘s Magic Quadrant is as good a reason as any to bake a cake and have a party.
IBM‘s Worklight application development portfolio an amalgamation of developer tools for creating, deploying, managing, and securing mobile applications was recently judged worthy of Magic Quadrant “Leader” status after an assessment with other selected tools.
For IT Jungle readers using the latest version of Rational Developer for IBM i, you’ll find Worklight Studio, but it is available in Java and EGL editions only. Worklight Studio, which contains server, runtime, and console components, can be used to build multi-tier, hybrid mobile applications that can integrate with backend applications running on IBM i.
In making the grade with Gartner analysts, a mobile application development platform has to gain approval in multiple areas that include cross-platform development, deployment and management across the full life cycle, vision of the multichannel enterprise, support for multiple architectures and standards, solid understanding of IT requirements, and scalable channels and partnerships.
And that’s just the half of it.
According to Gartner rules, software vendors don’t get into the news-making leader category unless they provide platforms that are easy to purchase, program, deploy and upgrade, and connect to back-end and cloud services from the same vendor as well as third-party vendors.
By Gartner’s reckoning, Salesforce and Microstrategy are “challengers” and the “niche players” are Apple, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, DSI, Motorola Solutions, Embarcadero , Verivo Software, and ClickSoftware. Gartner designated Xamarin, Terelik and Sencha as “visionaries.”