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IBM and AT&T partner on app efficiency

Combine carrier's optimizing tool for mobile apps with IT giant's development platform


Published: 6 June, 2013

READ MORE: US | Applications

IBM has been cultivating a wide range of strategic alliances in the mobile world as it seeks to exploit the convergence of IT and telco platforms. It is an important partner in Nokia Siemens' LiquidApps strategy, and now it has tied with AT&T on enterprise mobile applications.

The companies are to collaborate on helping large companies to develop apps which are kinder to mobile networks and deliver a strong experience to business users.

Announced at this week's IBM Innovate 2013 conference, the jointly unveiled technology promises to help enterprises conduct comprehensive testing and analysis of how their apps use the network, and how quickly they drain the battery in mobile devices. The aim is to improve the quality, performance and usability of apps. The solution is based on the integration of AT&T's Application Resource Optimizer (ARO) and IBM's software development solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM).

This would benefit operators, as they seek a more strategic role in large companies, by making them key partners for large firms, and saving strain on their networks. IBM customers will be able to determine how an app is performing on any wireless network, and then enhance performance through development tools.

"ARO tackles a fundamental coding challenge developers face today-finding and fixing performance and power bottlenecks that detract from a great user experience," said Carlton Hill, VP of developer services at AT&T, in a statement. "ARO can help developers create apps that conserve battery life, load pages faster and consume network resources in a smarter way, all of which improve the customer experience."

ARO is a free, carrier agnostic, open source diagnostic tool for business and consumer software, which is used by more than 1,500 developers. The carrier said users have seen apps run up to 60% more quickly, and ARO has saved its users more than 500 terabytes of data in its first year.

The tool claims to identify previously undetectable inefficiencies in the way an app interacts with the network. It can identify the events happening at multiple layers within an app and pinpoint inefficient resource usage, then make recommendations on how developers can optimize their software.

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