Red Hat, Samsung team up on mobile-first solutions
Duo collaborate on range of offerings for enterprises embracing mobile app development
Open source mainstay Red Hat has teamed up with Samsung Electronics America on "next-generation" mobile solutions for the enterprise.
The alliance will see Samsung's mobile device portfolio combined with Red Hat's open source middleware, mobile and cloud technologies.
The aim, according to a statement from Red Hat, is to "deliver mobile solutions that enable rapid development and integration of enterprise applications for organisations moving toward a mobile-first strategy".
"As the leader in enterprise mobile and open source solutions, Red Hat brings flexibility, community credibility, and world-class support for application development and deployments on premise and across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments," Red Hat said in a statement. "Building on its leading position in consumer products, Samsung Business Services, part of Samsung Electronics America, provides a diverse portfolio of technologies targeted for business from smartphones to wearables, tablets, digital displays, hospitality TVs and printers."
The partners aim to deliver a series of enterprise-ready, industry-specific mobile applications running on the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform and "address key workforce management and business tasks", such as business intelligence, field and customer service, inventory management and sales catalogue, pricing, ordering, and invoicing. The applications will run on Android and other operating environments via the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, and will be configurable to integrate into common enterprise back-end systems.
The duo will also offer a developer ecosystem of tools and resources to promote "rapid innovation and availability of solutions that meet both current and emerging needs in mobility". Support services will include integrated support for customers and partners, Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), and global delivery and support services for the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform.
The initial phase of the alliance will be focused in the US.
"Effective and successful enterprise mobility strategies take into account both platforms and devices, and how they come together to help enable powerful end-to-end mobile solutions," said Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platforms Business, Red Hat. "We believe deeply in the power of collaboration, and we're excited to join with Samsung in not only delivering a new generation of mobile solutions for the enterprise, but in empowering customers to achieve new levels of innovation in mobile."
"We are excited to collaborate with Red Hat to deliver the next generation of mobile enterprise applications and solutions, and are committed to shaping the future of innovation," Robin Bienfait, executive vice president and chief enterprise innovation officer, Samsung. "Samsung firmly believes that strategic alliances with organisations such as Red Hat that deliver open source enterprise infrastructure and provide reliable, secure integration from the back end to the end user will help businesses more readily adopt a mobile-first environment."