IBM and Apple reach deal for Big Blue to offer business apps for iOS devices
The deal between the two tech titans creates IBM MobileFirst for iOS, and Big Blue will be selling Apple iPhones and Apple iPads with industry-specific applications pre-installed. With Apple creating the hardware, and IBM offering its data analytical software in easy to use app form, the goal is to increase usage of iOS in the enterprise. Already, 98% of the Fortune 500 companies use iOS devices in their business. 92% of the Global 500 also do so, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The first apps from the partnership will will launch later this year and into 2015, and will be aiming at retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance related businesses among others. AppleCare for Businesses will give IT departments 24/7 coverage from Apple, with IBM delivering the actual on-site service.
This should be an interesting partnership considering that both firms used to be rivals in the old days when PCs mattered. IBM was a much larger corporation in those days, something that is certainly no longer true.
source: BusinessWire via SeekingAlpha
1. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Wow, just wow. That's smart for Apple and IBM. I hope IBM and Google could come to some offering as well.
3. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
It'd be wise for Google to try and court this idea too. This should not be a closed market.
Kudos to Apple for making it happen though.
5. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
With an OS that can't even handle such a trivial, security related task like factory reset properly, you will have to wait for that your entire life.
Sammy's crappy KNOX-lite doesn'thelp either.
7. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
They weren't verified to be reset.
Sad angle deflated as worthless.
2. Jinto (Posts: 390; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
Intesting, IBM and Apple were the big time rivals of the late 80's and 90's
4. zekes (Posts: 207; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)
the good ole days of the power PC chips im macs of IBM i miss the days
6. PAPINYC (Posts: 2276; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
So, will the name be changing to iBm??
Regardless, Tim Cook is such a liar.