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Apple Announces Major Partnership With IBM to Bring Enterprise Services to iPhone and iPad

Apple Announces Major Partnership With IBM to Bring Enterprise Services to iPhone and iPad

Posted July 15, 2014 at 10:00pm by iClarified
Apple and IBM today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:
● a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
● unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
● new AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
● new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience, hardware and software integration and developer platform. The combination will create apps that can transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction—faster and easier than ever before.

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

“iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

“Mobility—combined with the phenomena of data and cloud—is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO. “This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM’s leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We are delighted to be teaming with Apple, whose innovations have transformed our lives in ways we take for granted, but can’t imagine living without. Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Apple and IBM’s shared vision for this partnership is to put in the hands of business professionals everywhere the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with a company’s knowledge, data, analytics and workflows.

Specifically, the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:

- Mobile solutions that transform business: The companies will collaborate to build IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions—a new class of “made-for-business apps” targeting specific industry issues or opportunities in retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance, among others, that will become available starting this fall and into 2015.

- Mobile platform: The IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS will deliver the services required for an end-to-end enterprise capability, from analytics, workflow and cloud storage, to fleet-scale device management, security and integration. Enhanced mobile management includes a private app catalog, data and transaction security services, and productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. In addition to on-premise software solutions, all these services will be available on Bluemix—IBM’s development platform on the IBM Cloud Marketplace.

- Mobile service and support: AppleCare for Enterprise will provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple’s award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM.

- Packaged service offerings: IBM is introducing IBM MobileFirst Supply and Management for device supply, activation and management services for iPhone and iPad, with leasing options.

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Apple Announces Major Partnership With IBM to Bring Enterprise Services to iPhone and iPad
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John - July 17, 2014 at 7:48pm
Steve Jobs would be spinning in his grave right about now.
Fantasmagorico - July 16, 2014 at 12:54pm
Hahhahahah hahaahhaha hahahahaha
Abandon Ship
Abandon Ship - July 16, 2014 at 5:46am
Wow! How does the manufacturer of the simplest & easiest to operate tech align itself with the incomprehensible nonsense of IBM? Bye bye Apple, been nice knowing you. Hello Galaxy, Xperia or anything better than IBM.
Mike Power
Mike Power - July 16, 2014 at 5:12am
Why won't they admit they cannot do it on their own. Apple always going around looking for help under the radar, right from the beginning. Innovation at it's best. Steve took apple with him, the ought change the name and logo to a cook slicing the apple in two. I call that trying to compete with Microsoft really Bad, but they need a Big Brother like IBM. Just remember History, apple owe it's existence to Bill Gates.
matrixmaniac - July 16, 2014 at 2:39am
Looking forward to the //JCL, CLIST, TSO, IMS, DB2 and last but not least the ISPF app on the iPhone!!! Yeaaaaahhh!
Carousel - July 15, 2014 at 10:21pm
Merry go round. it's time for Scully..again.
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