Apple and IBM have formed a Global Partnership. The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS utilizes IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with Apple’s hardware and software using iPhone and iPads platforms in business.
According to the companies, it’s grounded in four core capabilities:
- A new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
- Unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
- New AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
- New packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.
The biggest challenge for team Android is having to herd cats to reach corporations, says ZDNet’s Larry Dignan.
Team Android will need Accenture and HP to push Android in the enterprise. But SAP, Salesforce and others may stay out of any platform debates.
Microsoft may be a bit insulated, according to ZDNet. Microsoft dominates in the enterprise, will make some serious mobile device management headway and has Office running better on iOS than its own Windows.
In an interview with Re/code, Apple’s Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty described the tie-up as one that only the two companies could deliver.
“If you were building a puzzle, they would fit nicely together with no overlap,” Cook said of the relationship. “We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself.”