Apple may announce a small business support plan at tomorrow's iPad event

Apple may announce a small business support plan at tomorrow's iPad event
Both Apple and Google are excelling in the consumer sectors. But in the corporate sphere, RIM and Microsoft still reign supreme. In the spirit of improving their enterprise credibility, Apple is working on a new small business support plan called Joint Venture.

According to Apple Insider, Apple held a secretive meeting for all their retail employees, where they briefed them on the new enterprise support plan. Joint Venture will reportedly be a priority service plan that will start at US$500 per year for 5 devices. When you purchase an Apple device for your small business, and add Joint Venture, you will enjoy a number of convenient perks.

Joint Venture will run with the tagline of "Get Setup. Get Trained. Keep running." Apple technicians will come to your office and set up your network, including Microsoft Exchange configuration. You will also get priority service at the Genius Bar, as well as a direct line to Genius-staffed technical support. When your devices are being repaired for longer than 24 hours, they will even lend you Apple devices in the meantime.

Perhaps the greatest service of Joint Venture is the on-site training sessions. With up to 3 sessions per year, and 8 people per session, you can make sure that your business won't lag due to a lack of education. Of course, this plan is remarkably similar to AppleOne and the ProCare service plan. The difference is that it's an affordable solution for an Apple-based business.

source: AppleInsider via PCMag

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8 Comments

1. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Another hair brained scheme to try to weasel themselves into the business world. It's a joke. They have failed for 25 years and it won't change now. Another apple flop.

2. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Apple is on it's way to dominate the corporate world as well. Apple is awesome ;)

3. 3MTA3 unregistered

Not happening - we tried to incorporate apple devices into our hospital business network and the products suck. might be good for the consumer but uck for corporate - sorry apple. Hey 530gemeni - DRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD dominate that bitch

4. KIANO

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Looks like Apple's first step into corporate world. The heat is on for Windows Phone 7 and Google's Android.

5. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

There is no heat. They have been failing for decades in the corporate realm and nothing happening will change that. So far, their only strategy is to target "businesses" so small that the 2 employees both have iphones because any business bigger is not going for it. Nice attempt tho, especially if you like the word FAIL.

6. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh Apple is such a big failure that you have dedicated your life hating it, lol.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I don't know if it is so much a foray into the 'corporate' world as much as it is an attempt to chip away at the margins. Corporations like Caterpillar, G.E. and whatnot have their IT architecture groups. Those folks and the U.S. Government are what is keeping RIM alive. MS is trying to make inroads into RIM's marketplace. What Apple is trying to do is move into the small business space that doesn't has an opinion on an Apple presence. Notice the one-stop-shopping model where a genius will set-up and integrate the Apple devices with Exchange....

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Correction - doesn't have an opinion... I wish the comments were editable.... If they are, could someone post how they can be edited?

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