Apple Announces Global Partnership with IBM to Transform Enterprise Mobility


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Apple announced today that it has teamed up with IBM to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of more than 100 industry-specific business apps, bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad.

The two companies share a single vision, the press release says: to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:
– mobile solutions that transform business
– mobile platform
– mobile service and support
– packaged service offerings.

The base of the partnership is to redefine the way in which work will get done, to address key industry challenges, and to “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.

What Apple announced today is a landmark partnership as it merges the strength of the two companies: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, and Apple’s consumer experience, hardware and software integration, and developer platform.

The agreement has advantages for both parties: For IBM, its MobileFirst for iOS will be built in an exclusive collaboration with Apple, and for the latter, IBM will sell iPhones and iPads with industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

As the press release notes, IBM has 5,000 mobile experts and more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social, and security fields, and it has more than 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 security labs worldwide.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty appeared on CNBC to discuss this major partnership:

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  • sukisszoze

    Who would have thought IBM and Apple are going to play together. MS, Google and BB are thinking WTF..didn’t see that one coming…lol

  • WatDah

    This is good.

  • Huge announcement for both companies.

  • Chrome262

    IBM use to make all the power pc chips for them, and they have had a decent relationship with them for a while

  • Chrome262

    Wonder if Watson will teach Siri lol

  • Chrome262

    ” new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.” wonder if this will be an issue with future jailbreak?

  • sukisszoze

    Right..forgot about those Power PC chips..guess switching to Intel didn’t bother IBM at all.

  • Chrome262

    They actually switched on recommendation of MS, IBMs triple core Power PC chips weren’t up to the specs Apple wanted and MS got them a deal with Intel. Then MS swooped in and got them for a steal for their new thing called the XBOX 360.