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IBM® MobileFirst Platform Foundation provides an open, comprehensive platform to develop, test, secure and manage mobile apps. It does this with reduced development costs and faster time to market.

It helps to accelerate delivery of mobile apps with development libraries, secure integration, continuous delivery and a ubiquitous data layer to provide a more engaging user experience.

IBM® MobileFirst Platform Foundation is available on premises, as well as on a private or public cloud.

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation is made up of these components:

IBM MobileFirst Server is mobile-optimized middleware that serves as a gateway between applications, back-end systems and cloud-based services.

IBM MobileFirst Device Runtime Components offer runtime client application program interfaces (API) designed to enhance security, governance and usability.

IBM MobileFirst Platform Cloudant® Data Layer Local Edition is a database management system designed to support scaling demands and form an optimized data backend for your mobile applications.

IBM MobileFirst Application Center enables you to set up an enterprise app store that manages the distribution of production-ready mobile apps.

IBM MobileFirst Console is an administrative GUI designed to provide real-time operational analytics for the server, adapters, applications and push services. It helps you manage, monitor and instrument mobile apps.

With IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation you can:

Build apps for any mobile operating environment and device

Connect and synchronize mobile apps

Safeguard mobile security

Manage your mobile app portfolio from a single central interface

Use scalable data services

IBM MobileFirst Platform: Build, Integrate and Scale

Make good apps into great apps with IBM MobileFirst Platform. IBM MobileFirst Platform delivers rich services and then integrates them for an end-to-end experience for mobile development and operations teams.

IBM MobileFirst Platform: Build, Integrate and Scale

IBM MobileFirst Platform Components

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IBM MobileFirst Platform: Build, Integrate and Scale

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IBM MobileFirst Platform Components

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation resources

Operating System Software Hardware
See detailed system requirements complete list of software requirements. See detailed system requirements complete list of hardware requirements.

This document provides system requirements information on the supported releases of IBM Worklight, IBM Mobile Foundation and IBM Mobile Application Platform Pattern from which you can select system requirements in different levels and organization of detail.


Analyst reports

  • IBM ranked as a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms

    Learn about the major vendors that enable enterprise IT developers to create mobile applications for customers, partners and employees.

  • The Total Economic Impact Of IBM’s MobileFirst Platform

    Read how Forrester Consulting examined the total economic impact and potential return on investment from deploying IBM MobileFirst Platform.

Data sheet

  • IBM MobileFirst Platform

    Find out how you can build, test, run and manage mobile applications.

Solution guide

  • Mobile Application Platform Requirements

    Identify key mobile platform capabilities and compare IBM MobileFirst Platform against other options.


  • Try IBM MobileFirst Platform Developer Edition

    Discover how you can quickly develop and manage applications for multiple mobile platforms.

White papers

  • Building the mobile enterprise: integrated, secure and productive

    Learn how to provide instant access to critical data and applications for a variety of devices, while still maintaining high levels of security.

  • IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation Technology Overview

    Discover how to extend your mobile business through HTML5, hybrid and native applications.

  • Build more robust native mobile applications with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation

    Learn how to enable mobile application development, delivery and management in a security-rich manner.

  • IBM MobileFirst compared to do it yourself mobile platforms

    Learn about the advantages of an IBM MobileFirst Developer solution for mobile application development compared with do-it-yourself options.

  • What can you do differently to guard against threats from rapidly evolving mobile malware?

    Discover best practices to reduce mobile security threats in your organization.

  • Mobile Marketing: The Time is Now

    Learn how consumers are using innovative and richly functional mobile devices to become connected and empowered.

  • Ten Answers Regarding Mobile Application Testing

    Gain an understanding of the factors affecting mobile application testing and quality management.


  • IBM API Management and IBM MobileFirst Platform

    Understand how IBM API Management and IBM Mobile First Platform can help you enable mobile initiatives in the API economy.


  • IBM MobileFirst PointSource FIMC

    See how this software can provide an open platform to extend business to mobile devices.

Written case studies

  • ABK-Systeme GmbH – Brings mobile applications to the financial services industry

    See how the firm is developing mobile productivity apps to tap into a growth opportunity.
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    Raymond James Financial reduces code needed for mobile apps by 30 percent

    Learn how the firm provides a meaningful customer experience on a mobile platform.
    Read more (77.9KB)

  • BNP Paribas Wealth Management

    Read how the firm uses IBM MobileFirst software to create its mobile app for multiple platforms.
    Read more (174KB)

  • PLM gains 50 percent share in medical mobile app use

    Learn how IBM MobileFirst helped Publisher PLM offer medical reference data in mobile apps for doctors.
    Read more (152KB)

  • China Academy of Railway Sciences

    Read how the firm partnered with IBM to create a mobile app for travelers to buy train tickets.
    Read more (184KB)

  • Banca Carige

    Learn how Banca Carige developed a customer-centric approach to service delivery.
    Read more (633 KB)

  • HH Gregg extends mobile e-commerce capabilities

    Find out this firm used IBM software to allow mobile customers to make purchases.
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The latest release of MobileFirst Platform Foundation continues to enhance and simplify the way enterprises develop, integrate, deploy and administer their mobile applications.

It comes with:

Introduction of the Addressable Device

Two new flexible ordering options are based on a new metric called the Addressable Device:

The Addressable Device metric enables businesses to start with a small investment and to grow as adoption grows. This metric also gives businesses the flexibility to use their entitlement across multiple applications.

The tracking mechanism resets the counters at the beginning of each month, so that businesses can adapt to their production usage and stage the production rollout of multiple development projects simultaneously – all while leveraging the full capabilities of MobileFirst Platform Foundation.

Introduction of MobileFirst Platform Cloudant Local

MobileFirst Platform Foundation also includes a limited use entitlement to MobileFirst Platform Cloudant Local at no additional charge. This limited-use entitlement enables MobileFirst Platform Foundation customers to use Cloudant Local as the basis for NoSQL based data storage for mobile apps.

MobileFirst Platform Cloudant Local is powered by Cloudant Local. It provides a scalable, fault tolerant, enterprise JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and geographical JavaScript Object Notation (GeoJSON) database. It features an easy-to-use administration and management capabilities, rich developer support and powerful mobile and web capabilities. It is designed for applications that require the availability, elasticity and reach of possibly massive amounts of mobile, Internet of Things or device and cloud customers.

Separate entitlement to MobileFirst Cloudant Local is available for an additional charge. It can augment this limited-use entitlement to leverage the core attributes of Cloudant Local such as elastic scalability, high availability, fault tolerance and master-master replication.

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