Earlier today, IBM announced that they would be acquiring Worklight, a privately held provider of mobile software for smartphones and tablets.
With this acquisition, IBM's mobile offerings will span mobile application development, integration, security and management. Worklight will become an important piece of IBM's mobility strategy, offering clients an open platform that helps speed the delivery of existing and new mobile applications to multiple devices. It also helps enable secure connections between smartphone and tablet applications with enterprise IT systems.
Enterprises are quickly moving beyond email, contacts and calendar and looking to deploy enterprise applications on smartphones and tablets that integrate with backend systems. Worklight is a MEAP - Mobile Enterprise Application Platform and speeds the development of native and hybrid applications for multiple smartphone and tablet platforms.