Apple and IBM Partner Up for Better Mobility

Apple and IBM Partner Up for Better Mobility

Apple and IBM have announced a mutual deal that will provide the large enterprises in the technology sector, a better sharing of mobile technologies.The plan is to release 100 enterprise tools including apps and also to build up cloud services for iOS including security features and device management.

As a part of the deal, Big Blue will sell enterprise flavoured iThings to its customers while the two companies will work on software which is business specific. IBM and Apple do not seem to have much in common but they are convinced that they will make the partnership work if only for the sake of the enterprise.

"iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98% of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today", said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

This surprise announcement of an Apple-IBM alliance is likely to put pressure on many technology executives who will find it difficult to compete with technology behemoths. IBM and Apple have signed a broad agreement to put iPads and iPhones in the hands of many of the clients and customers of IBM while Apple has pledged support IBM's software tools and products.

IBM is promising a whole suite of business intelligence applications, cloud services, security and analytics and device management tools which will be written for iOS from the ground up and with enterprise customers in mind. Apple will offer AppleCare to enterprise customers including an enterprise-style agreement to provide on-site repair and replacement services.

It is assumed that both sides will deliver on their respective software solutions, this deal is potentially huge. It expands IBM's business into touch screens and tablets, gives businesses a guaranteed and respected solution for software and hardware and gives Apple enormous amount of enterprise street credentials.

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