July 18, 2014
Apple Inc. and IBM Corp. have announced a partnership the two say will transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps bringing IBM’s Big Data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.
The landmark partnership involves:
* A new class of industry-specific enterprise offerings including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
* 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.
As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.
“iPhone and iPad have transformed the way people work with over 98% of the Fortune 500 and over 92% of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s Big Data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple.”
“Mobility — combined with the phenomena of data and cloud — is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO.