IBM and AT&T announced they are working together to help businesses develop more network-efficient mobile applications.
The new integration of AT&T and IBM technology will enable organizations to conduct comprehensive testing and analysis of their applications' network and battery usage on mobile devices, and quickly make necessary changes, IBM says. This will lead to higher-quality, better performing mobile applications, the company says.
For the first time, IBM customers will be able to determine how their enterprise mobile app is performing on any wireless network, and then quickly improve performance through development tools.
The integration of AT&T's Application Resource Optimizer with IBM's software development product for Collaborative Lifecycle Management expands the development capabilities of the IBM MobileFirst strategy.
"ARO tackles a fundamental coding challenge developers face today — finding and fixing performance and power bottlenecks that detract from a great user experience," Carlton Hill, vice president of Developer Services at AT&T, said 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, open source diagnostic tool that lets developers analyze the performance of apps. The tool enables developers to diagnose previously undetectable inefficiencies in app-to-network interaction; identify the events happening at multiple layers within an application and pinpoint inefficient resource usage; then make specific recommendations on how developers can optimize apps to improve performance, speed and battery utilization.
Launched in January 2012, ARO is now used by more than 1,500 developers.
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