"Worklight technology enables rich, cross-platform apps without requiring code translation, proprietary interpreters or unpopular programming languages," the company claims. "Our solution dramatically reduces time to market, cost and complexity of development while enabling better customer and employee user experiences across a variety of devices."
IBM said: "Worklight supports consumer and employee-facing applications in a broad range of industries, including financial services, retail and healthcare. For example, a bank can create a single application that offers features to enable its customers to securely connect to their account, pay bills and manage their investments, regardless of the device they are using.
"Similarly, a hospital could use Worklight technology to extend its existing IT system to allow direct input of health history, allergies, and prescriptions by a patient using a tablet."
IBM added: "Worklight will become an important piece of IBM's mobility strategy, offering clients an open platform that helps speed the delivery of existing and new mobile applications to multiple devices. It also helps enable secure connections between smartphone and tablet applications with enterprise IT systems."
The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed. The company will become part of IBM's WebSphere group.