IBM and Apple announce enterprise mobility deal

IT giant IBM today announced its enterprise mobility deal with device vendor Apple.

The exclusive deal will see Apple bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.

IBM is getting into a big market because 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using Apple iOS devices in their business today.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO (in the pix) made the announcement today.

As per the announcement made today, both Apple and IBM will bring more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad.

This apart, IBM cloud services will be optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration.

AppleCare service and support offering will announced — tailored to the needs of the enterprise.

There will be a new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management, said Apple and IBM in separate press releases.

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.

CEOs of IBM and Apple

the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:

Mobile solutions for enterprises

The companies will build IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions targeting specific industry opportunities in retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance, among others, that will become available starting this fall and into 2015.

Mobile platform

IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS will deliver services required for enterprise capability, from analytics, workflow and cloud storage, to fleet-scale device management, security and integration. Enhanced mobile management includes a private app catalog, data and transaction security services, and productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions.

Mobile service and support

AppleCare for Enterprise will provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple’s award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM.

Packaged service offerings

IBM is introducing IBM MobileFirst Supply and Management for device supply, activation and management services for iPhone and iPad, with leasing options.

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