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Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership under which the two companies will bring IBM’s apps, big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will include more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps; IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration; special services from IBM and Apple.

“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.”

The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS platform will be compatible with Apple iOS 8 operating system. With the help from IBM, Apple wants to finally make its iPhone and iPad devices ultimate tools for businesses and enterprises, a bad news for Blackberry and Google Android.

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.

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.

Apple will also start to offer AppleCare for Enterprise, which will provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple’s customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM.

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.

“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.”

Tags: Apple, iOS, IBM, iPhone, iPad

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"bad news for Blackberry and Google Android."
Funny how they pick on the little guys, in a business environment they are only bit players.
Now if they can knock off the big guys, (Dell, H.P., Lenovo etc)then they might have a chance, Apple products are toys, not for productivity.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 07/18/14 06:24:17 AM]
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" Apple products are toys, not for productivity." I'm always amused at this attitude by by some. I've heard this tired old mantra for over 20 years. Many PC users even predicted the death of Apple years before it became one of the biggest companies in the world. The list of major companies and individuals who rely on Apple products is huge. Every major film and television production company in the world use Apple workstations to create the movies and TV shows you enjoy. I have relied on the Mac myself since 1996 to run my business. I also use a PC for certain tasks.

The truth is there is merit in both the PC and Apple platform. Hostility towards one or the other is actually the "non productive' element in this equation.
1 1 [Posted by: subwoof  | Date: 07/18/14 12:20:17 PM]
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Apple's iOS platform is a toy. Period. Nobody was talking about their desktop platform, which (while miles away from anything enterprise companies would use, except in extremely narrow market segment where they used to be entrenched) is not nearly as lame as the antiquated and dumbed-down iOS (which is what this article is all about).

Besides, the title of this article is hilarious - how on Earth could a goofty toy platform where users cannot even handle their files become "Ultimate Tools for Businesses and Enterprises" ??? ROTFL.
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