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Apple, IBM Partner to Develop Enterprise Solutions

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  July 17, 2014

Recent announcements confirm that computer industry giants Apple Computer and IBM have created a partnership to "_build new, enterprise-oriented solutions that will tightly integrate iOS devices_, "according to a recent article published on the Web Host Industry Review website. The WHIR article indicates that the new partners will work together to create "_100 industry-specific enterprise solutions_" including many projects that much of the industry would have never dreamed possible due to the history of both companies.

According to the report, the technology industry icons will jointly develop "native iOS apps, IBM cloud services optimized for iPhones and iPads (known as "IBM MobileFirst for iOS"), and new enterprise-focused AppleCare service and support._" Also, the report confirms that this historic partnership will allow IBM to be a supplier and manager of Apple devices for various companies. The report confirms that IBM's MobileFirst for iOS agreement will combine the companies enterprise solutions (big data and analytics capabilities) by implementing Apple's well-known "_simplicity."

The deal between these companies, according to the article, will allow IBM "to sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to its business clients._" According to the WHIR article, this year's financial commitment of $1.2 billion "_towards building its cloud footprint" shows that IBM is moving seriously toward "providing mobile and cloud solutions for businesses." IBM has solid plans to release "_made-for-business apps_" beginning in the Fall of 2014 and to move into next year. The company will target the "_retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance_" industries, the article noted.

IBM's president and CEO Ginni Rometty was quoted in the article to say, "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."

Read more in the full article about the arrangement between IBM and Apple and see whether the solutions created by the companies can provide what businesses need in the future.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  July 17, 2014