Apple inks landmark pact with IBM for enterprise mobility

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IBM chief Ginni Rometty (left) and Apple CEO Tim Cook IBM chief Ginni Rometty (left) and Apple CEO Tim Cook[/caption] The partnership, which aims to spark mobile-led business change, is 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 new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company: IBM?s Big Data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple?s legendary consumer experience, hardware and software integration, and developer platform. 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 are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent 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 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.? ?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.]]>

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