IBM Expands Partnership With Apple Swift
Big Blue is hopeful that the new joint venture will reap future profits.
Since the beginning of the year, the North Castle, New York firm has been in the news and for all the good reasons. IBM has been showing below average performance for a long time now but the recent acquisitions and partnership might open the window of success for the $130 billion company. Recently, the company has announced an expansion in its partnership with Apple. Now, Apple’s Swift programming language and IBM’s Bluemix platform will come together and their amalgamation will pave the way for the businesses to conveniently build iOS apps. The Silicon Valley business has launched its development language around two years ago in 2014.
Through the expansion of the partnership, the companies can stretch the enterprise app development and then its subsequent deployment to the cloud. Big Blue’s service platform, Bluemix, is likely to expand its arsenal of supported programming languages –including Java, Ruby, Python, and others for cloud applications –by adding Apple Swift to the list. The news was broke at IBM InterConnect which subsequently made the $130 billion organization to be the frontrunner provider who has planned on enabling –in collaboration with Swift –cloud app development. Moreover, the company has also released the Swift Package Catalog in preview. The catalog is resourceful for the developers who would like to explore the Swift code.
A technology manager at Pittsburgh based PNC Financial Services firm, Neeraj Medhekar has opined that the Big Blue’s support of Apple Swift will be influential for the developers who are likely to use it. He further added: “It makes me want to learn more about it, and [test] it first and see if we can use it in a corporate setting.” “I like its ease of use, and it certainly seems very promising,” he cited.
IBM and Apple have disclosed that approximately 11 million developers have been using the tech titan’s Swift to easily develop iOS apps. This tumultuous usage has made the Swift the fastest growing programming language. Forming a coherent partnership with IBM is likely to expand the market for Apple Inc.’s Apple Swift. Moreover, the developers can easily build native and server-side apps by using a single programming language through the proposed extension Swift to the cloud. IBM had unveiled Swift Sandbox immediately after Apple open sourced Swift in December. The website launched by Big Blue would assist the developers in building on Linux the Swift server apps and then subsequently let them run on a browser.
An IT security manager, Tom Pruett, who works at Home Credit US said that the Swift can significantly flourish for the most valuable company. He said that the server provide the useful medium for the developers to develop apps quickly and easily.
However, there are few strings attached while using Apple Swift which is that the server might not be compatible to other operating systems as it has been for iOS. On the matter, CEO and chief analyst of Falmouth, Mass Sepharim Group, Bob Egan said: “It’s still an iOS focus, which marginalizes the market. There are fewer and fewer CIOs that are interested in a single-platform solution.”
Broadly, Apple Swift is more inclined towards the pros than some minimal limitations and restrictions. At the market which closed on Wednesday, IBM stock had a price of $132.92. The stock has a 52-week range of $116.9 to $176.3.