WorkLight and Finance All Solutions (FAS), part of the SBI Group, today announced a partnership agreement to deliver mobile applications to companies in the financial services, government and other industries in Korea and Japan. FAS will resell the WorkLight Mobile Platform and provide its customers a range of professional services, such as application development, backend integration and platform implementation.
Leading to this announcement, the companies have been selected by one of the largest financial services institutions in Korea to implement a mobile application across multiple devices.
"As a leading solution provider in the region, FAS is a perfect complement for our technology in enabling companies to mobilize their services," said Shahar Kaminitz, CEO of WorkLight. "Partners like FAS help us to bring our technology into markets around the world that are looking to efficiently build optimized mobile apps."
Building on FAS' expertise in delivering a range of online and mobile solutions, the new capabilities will enable smartphone and tablet applications for a range of business needs, such as banking and credit card account management, stock trading, personal finance budgeting, wealth management and a range of investment tools.
Analysts forecast aggressive growth in the mobile sector in the region. The number of smartphone users in Korea is expected to reach 16.5 million in 2012, growing from 2.2 million in 2009 according to Korea Telecom. In Japan, recent figures released by comScore indicate that mobile users are the most connected users in the world and are 36 percent more likely than U.S. mobile subscribers to install and use applications on their device.
"Most companies in East Asia are planning to provide smartphone applications to their retail and corporate customers within the next year," said Chris Jungyoel Jang, CEO of Finance All Solutions. "To meet this growing demand, with WorkLight we are able to quickly build and deliver mobile apps that incorporate device-specific features for the most popular devices."
The WorkLight Mobile Platform enables companies to efficiently develop, run and manage applications securely for multiple smartphone and tablet devices. The WorkLight platform includes the WorkLight Studio for native and web application development, the WorkLight Server for secure delivery and backend integration with enterprise systems and the WorkLight Console for deployment, ongoing management and tracking of adoption and usage of the applications.