IBM is adding new and improved features that focus on mobile strategy and security, application development, and device procurement and management to its MobileFirst portfolio. The enhancements are meant to help organizations speed up and drive more business value from their mobile initiatives.

“The expansion of our mobility services portfolio demonstrates our continued investments in building the full breadth of capabilities clients need to radically transform and grow their business through mobile,” said Rich Esposito, general manager of IBM’s Mobility Services. “In 2014, we will further leverage our software acquisitions and growing capabilities in the cloud to provide clients with more flexibility and choices, including ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’ solutions.”

IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio is designed to combine security, analytics and app development software with cloud-based services and deep mobile expertise.

New and updated services include:

Infrastructure consulting services for evaluating existing mobile infrastructure environment, identifying gaps and building a mobile strategy and road map.

Application platform management services to help organizations build, configure and manage community app development environments.

Device procurement and deployment services include services for secure management, customer service, and predefined refresh cycles with disposal or repurposing, and it allows devices to be shipped directly to employees.

Managed mobility services help users reduce risks and costs of managing their Bring Your Own Device and corporate device programs. Features MaaS360 (a mobile device management solution) and an ecosystem of IBM business partners to deliver cloud-based solutions.

Mobile networks services provide users with an understanding of resources necessary to deploy a secure, scalable and reliable network infrastructure.

Mobile collaboration services include a suite of productivity solutions such as e-mail, instant messaging, and voice and video calls in order to help users stay connected.

Mobile virtualization services allow users to leverage virtualization technology in order to design, implement and manage distributed end users. This offering includes assessment, design and managed services delivered on premises.

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expands the use of its threat model, source-code analysis and testing to secure mobile apps in order to help users prevent hackers from gaining root access to devices.

More information about MobileFirst is available here.