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IBM Named a Worldwide Leader in IDC MarketScape for Mobile Application Development and Testing Consulting Services

IBM Recognized for Its Mobile Design, User Experience and Technical Expertise, Global Scale and Flexibility to Execute on Forward-Looking Strategies

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has been named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Mobile Application Development and Testing Services 2014 Vendor Assessment.1

Following an evaluation of 19 service providers against more than 100 criteria, IBM was recognized in the “Leaders” category for its performance across business services capabilities, sales/distribution structure, employee management, customer satisfaction criteria and overall project management capabilities. In addition, IBM was credited for the scale of its user experience and creative design skills, through IBM Interactive Experience, the largest digital agency in the world, according to Ad Age.

Today’s announcement reinforces IBM’s commitment to helping organizations speed their mobile enterprise transformation and eliminate barriers to adoption. The IBM MobileFirst portfolio features key capabilities in analytics, data, security and cloud to deliver innovative solutions. These solutions empower employees to make more effective decisions and enhance customer interactions; help developers create, deploy, manage and secure mobile apps, on-premise or in the cloud; and enable organizations to manage and secure mobile devices, applications, content and transactions with confidence.

The report emphasized IBM’s mobile application development and testing services strengths across traditional technologies, native mobile device technologies and cloud platforms. Other highlights included clients’ high regard for IBM’s technical expertise in mobile, global scale and flexibility to work with the client’s application development methodology, whether the client used an agile, waterfall or hybrid approach. Also noted was IBM’s strong industry partnerships, customer service and overall project management as key assets they valued when working with IBM.

[p"This report is further recognition of IBM’s unmatched mobile enterprise consulting leadership” said Paul Papas, global leader, IBM Interactive Experience. “IBM’s trusted mobile experts understand our clients’ business, create strategies that align with industry and user expectations, and execute with scale and speed through our unique combination of design, strategy, analytics and enterprise mobile skills.”[/p]

In late March, IDC also published a MarketScape on Worldwide Mobile Application Development, Testing, Management and Infrastructure Services2 in which IBM was also ranked a Leader. This new report is an adjunct of that work, focusing on application development and testing services only.

To download the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Mobile Application Development and Testing Services 2014 Vendor Assessment report, visit

For more on IBM Business Consulting Services, visit

About IBM MobileFirst

IBM’s 6,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, which have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, help organizations engage more people and capture new markets. Through IBM’s partnership with Apple, the two organizations are transforming enterprise mobility with a new class of industry specific business apps. For more information on IBM MobileFirst, visit the press kit or Follow @IBMMobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.


1 - IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Mobile Application Development and Testing Services 2014 Vendor Assessment (IDC # #252565, December 2014)

2 - IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Mobile Application Development, Testing, Management, and Infrastructure Services 2014 Vendor Assessment (IDC #247480, March 2014)


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