Red Hat unveils enterprise mobility strategy

Red Hat, Inc. has announced its vision to help organizations succeed in the mobile-first economy. The strategy includes Red Hat’s portfolio of enterprise-grade open source technologies – including mobile capabilities from the recent acquisition of FeedHenry – to overcome their mobility challenges.

Mobility is increasingly becoming a top priority for business as a means to drive innovation and streamline operational efficiency; however, it is also creating demand for faster and continuous development cycles that challenge traditional IT infrastructure and development methodologies. To become mobile-centric, enterprises must evolve in a way that supports both the agility of new mobile initiatives and stability of core IT. 

In response, Red Hat is focusing its enterprise mobility vision on four areas: platform architecture, developer experience, technology integration, and collaboration in two-track IT environment.

Platform architecture

The public cloud or private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)-based architecture of the Red Hat mobile platform facilitates agile development and DevOps processes, leverages RESTful APIs and microservices, and accelerates time-to-deployment to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

Developer experience

A developer-centric approach that embraces modern tool chains, collaboration, and continuous development and integration allows organizations to use existing IT skill sets for new mobile initiatives.

Technology integration

Simplified integration of the platform with other enterprise middleware components, based upon a common REST API architecture, captures and stores new data generated by connected devices to help unlock the value in existing systems of record.

Collaboration in two-track IT environments

Adopting a two-track IT approach, using mobile as the catalyst for building a “fast IT” organization, helps balance agility with stability and fosters greater collaboration and cooperation between the two tracks.

 “The mobile phenomenon has had a profound impact on the way we think and act and consume information in our daily lives,” said Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platforms Business, Red Hat. “That impact is now rippling throughout enterprise IT as organizations come face-to-face with the reality of doing business in a new ‘mobile first’ world, where speed and agility must be prioritized without forsaking the stability of core IT.”

“Fifty-one percent of organizations recently surveyed are further increasing their mobile budgets this year,” said Chris Marsh, principal analyst, Enterprise Mobile App Strategies, 451 Research. “The enabling technologies are falling into place for companies to break out of the way they think about mobile from the silos in which it has traditionally resided, but the process needs to evolve to support this. Over the past year, it has become clearer that traditional waterfall development across the software lifecycle is ill-suited to mobile, and that agile methods are more applicable.”