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Pyramid Consulting and IBM MobileFirst – a powerful combination to help companies mobilize their enterprises.

We are proud of our association with IBM and the value that the partnership brings to our clients. It has become clear that mobile apps represent the future of cutting-edge technology, both in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer spaces. So it makes sense that Pyramid Consulting offer a commercial platform such as IBM MobileFirst, a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms, to help companies lay a solid foundation for their mobile future.

Security, connectivity and integration are becoming increasingly important in maturing mobile environments. The IBM MobileFirst platform addresses each of these issues head-on, offering strong, HIPAA-compliant encryption, secure connectivity to back-end systems and seamless integration to apps and among platforms.

Pyramid Consulting is a certified IBM Business Partner, which means that we are well-versed in all aspects of the platform. It also means that companies working with Pyramid Consulting and using IBM MobileFirst can leverage the expertise of a world-class technology leader. We can assist in all aspects of app development, integration, deployment and support.

As web apps and mobile apps mature, more is being asked of them in terms of utility. Sometime last year, users began spending more time accessing the web from mobile devices than they did from desktops and laptops, according to research from venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. 2015 statistics show that adults spend 51% of their time on mobile, versus 42% on desktops and laptops.

Effectively mobilizing the enterprise requires architects of business applications to design in a similar fashion as those designing consumer apps. User experience is critical to adoption, as is secure and quick connectivity to the appropriate back-office systems that an app needs to access. An app also must respect the platform, which makes a commercial platform solution such as IBM MobileFirst ideal.

Some companies may provide a common mobile device for employee or vendor use, but bring-your-own-device policies are more prevalent these days, meaning that business apps must conform to a wide variety of screen sizes and form factors. IBM MobileFirst can help developers by providing:

  • Native and third-party code integration
  • Secure and in-sync on-device storage
  • Simplified integration
  • Complete app development lifecycle support
  • Code vulnerability detection
  • Easy-to-use iOS and Android Data APIs

To work effectively and provide value to the enterprise, a mobile app is never quite complete. Each requires a certain level of hand-holding in response to new features, updated operating systems, as well as ongoing maintenance and support.

Keeping track of several apps at various stages of maturity can be like a plate spinner at the circus, giving each app the attention it deserves at precisely the right time. That’s not a core competency of many enterprises but an area where Pyramid Consulting shines.

Mission-critical uses of mobile devices has placed new importance on data security, not only on the device but also in transit and at connection points between device and data source. IBM MobileFirst features pervasive security features for user, device, data and applications, including:

  • App version control and instant updates
  • Data security integration with FIPS 140-2 compliance
  • Malware and jailbreak detection
  • Server-enforced user, app and device authentication
  • Context-driven risk assessment

You’ve always been able to count on Pyramid Consulting to help your organization get past bottlenecks in enterprise, mobile, QA and product solutions. And we’re always on the lookout for the best technology and processes to help our valued clients achieve success.

We believe that becoming a certified IBM Business Partner and offering the MobileFirst solution continues that trend of helping our customers wherever and however possible.

Randall McCroskey

About the author

Randall McCroskey

Vice President, Enterprise Solutions

Since 2006, Randall has been helping technology executives digitally transform their business as Vice President of Pyramid Consulting. Relationships are his daily driving force and his desire to trust and serve those in his professional and personal life constantly motivate him. Atlanta is a great city for Randall, as he hates the cold and prefers warm weather near the water. His greatest pride is the partnerships with colleagues, friends, and fellow professionals he has made along the way.

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