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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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