Rohde & Schwarz cuts mobile development costs by 60 percent

IBM Worklight platform facilitates rapid development of mobile applications for multiple platforms

Published on 06-Feb-2013

"After lots of evaluations, we decided that Worklight seems to fit best with our environment and our needs. Now we are able to deliver exceptional apps in weeks instead of months." - Manfred Metz, corporate mobility manager, Rohde & Schwarz

Customer:
Rohde & Schwarz

Industry:
Electronics

Deployment country:
Germany

Solution:
Mobile

Overview

Rohde & Schwarz is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wireless communications technology, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test and measurement equipment, and broadcasting equipment for digital television. An independent, family-owned company, Rohde & Schwarz has approximately 8,700 employees. Almost 5,500 of these employees work in Germany, including around 2,500 at the company’s headquarters in Munich.

Business need:
Rohde & Schwarz wanted to create a mobile enterprise infrastructure that would enable it to suppor t multiple devices and create applications for customers, par tners and employees.

Solution:
Using the IBM® Worklight mobile platform, the organization can develop and deploy hybrid HTML5 applications to deliver content across multiple mobile platforms.

Benefits:
Using the Worklight platform reduces the cost of multiplatform development by 60 percent when developing for five platforms.

Case Study

Rohde & Schwarz is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wireless communications technology, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test and measurement equipment, and broadcasting equipment for digital television. An independent, family-owned company, Rohde & Schwarz has approximately 8,700 employees. Almost 5,500 of these employees work in Germany, including around 2,500 at the company’s headquarters in Munich.

Challenge
Rohde & Schwarz wanted to create a mobile enterprise infrastructure that enabled it to support multiple devices and generate required applications. Specifically, the company sought to build, run and manage a range of applications for customers, partners and employees within an aggressive timeframe. However, the organization had certain challenges, including a need for cross-platform development as well as integration with back-end systems such as SAP and an existing mobile device management infrastructure. Rohde & Schwarz needed to offer these applications on tablets and smartphones across five platforms—iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows 8 and Adobe AIR—and developing natively for each platform would be costly and unmanageable over time.

Solution
Rohde & Schwarz evaluated several mobile platform solutions before choosing IBM Worklight software. “After lots of evaluations, we decided that Worklight seems to fit best with our environment and our needs,” says Manfred Metz, corporate mobility manager, Rohde & Schwarz.Rohde & Schwarz used the Worklight platform to integrate rapidly with enterprise systems and securely reuse this integration layer in multiple applications. The development team also used third-party user interface
libraries and easily crafted a unique, branded user interface library to serve
as a standard for all future mobile application development initiatives.

Using the Worklight platform, Rohde & Schwarz can create a tablet application version of its magazine to allow customers to access technical articles. It can incorporate the articles into the application as HTML5 pages and then deliver this content to multiple mobile
platforms. Rohde & Schwarz also created two applications for internal use using the platform. The first, Sales Web Mobile, enables employees to access the company’s product background, inventory and marketing information. The information is synced to employees’ mobile devices, so employees can use the application even when they’re not connected to the network. The second application, Sales Circulars, provides
just-in-time product information. It pushes news and updates to sales personnel, but users can select specific areas of interest so they receive only information that’s relevant to them. For the development of Sales Circulars, Rohde & Schwarz was able to reuse the existing interfaces of Sales Web Mobile, so the company was able to deliver the application to the sales team within three weeks for five different platforms.

Benefits
• Reduces the cost of multiplatform development by 60 percent when developing for five platforms
• Provides open interfaces, allowing Rohde & Schwarz to connect to and use resources within its existing infrastructure
• Shortens the time to market with hybrid development of applications across multiple mobile operating systems

For more information
To learn more about IBM Worklight software or to download a developer edition at no charge, please contact your IBM marketing representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website, ibm.com/software/mobile-solutions/worklight.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
IBM Worklight

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