IBM looks to ‘building blocks’ for quick app creation in Bluemix

IBM has announced the launch of new capabilities for developers on its Bluemix cloud platform, including offering ‘new code patterns and building blocks which help to quickly create cloud apps across web and backend systems, along with mobile’, according to the press materials.

Patterns available include the Mobile App pattern, which can enable developers to interact with mobile services, data services such as IBM Cloud Object Storage, as well as security capabilities, alongside Backend for Frontend, which allows developers to integrate cognitive intelligence, data and security services, among other backend patterns, into their apps.

“The increased speed at which developers can build apps with patterns is especially critical in time-sensitive industries, such as finance and healthcare,” the company notes. “For example, using the Bluemix Developer Console, a fintech developer could access the tools needed to quickly build a cognitive chatbot into a customer-facing investment app, helping provide users with a new way to interact with intelligence around investment possibilities.”

Writing for this publication earlier this month, Clare Grant, general manager at Red Hat Mobile, examined various questions organisations need to answer when considering implementation of rapid mobile app development (RMAD) or mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) offerings, including who the apps are being developed for, having the required skills in-house, and integration with various backend systems.

“The cultural shift to mobile consumption has helped to drive greater maturation and consolidation of the enterprise mobility market,” wrote Grant. “By considering the users’ current app requirements, with a strategic eye on future connected devices and remaining firmly focused on use cases, CIOs can guide their organisations on the technologies that best align with their current mobile maturity and business objectives.”

You can find out more about the Bluemix Developer Console here.

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