While Apple has seen some growth in the enterprise, thanks largely to companies adopting BYOD (bring your own device) programs, it looks like they could be getting a boost in the enterprise space, thanks to the Cupertino company announcing a broad partnership with the folks at IBM.
IBM is a company known for their enterprise solutions, such as building servers for cloud storage and so on, but in this new partnership with Apple, it will see IBM bring more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions onto Apple’s iOS platform, thus helping to cement Apple’s place in the enterprise space.
The partnership will also see IBM sell and lease iOS devices that come pre-loaded with industry-specific apps that have been tailored to different clients, as well as seeing Apple offer up AppleCare service and support plans that have also been tailored for the enterprise. IBM will also optimize their enterprise cloud services for the iOS platform.
According to a statement made by Tim Cook, “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”
Ginni Rometty, IBM’s Chairman, President and CEO added, “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.”
All of this sounds great on paper, but we guess we will have to give the partnership some time to see if Apple and IBM’s efforts will bear any fruit that will benefit either company.