Last month we posted a report titled "The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule." Today, Apple and IBM published a press release stating that "Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise.Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing stated that "This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can't wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work. The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world's best technology with the smartest data and analytics to help businesses redefine how work gets done."
On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.The goal of the project was to collaborate to build IBM MobileFirstfor iOS Solutions—a new class of "made-for-business apps" targeting specific industry issues or opportunities in retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance, among others, that will become available starting this fall and into 2015. Today IBM launched their official IBM MobileFirst website.
This summer we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions partnership was designed to be an exclusive collaboration that drew on the distinct strengths of both companies.Apple noted in their original press release that AppleCare for Enterprise would 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. AppleCare for the Enterprise has now officially gone live for businesses starting today.
In 1991 Apple and IBM created the PowerPC alliance that included Motorola. They worked on a new OS called Taligent and a mobile OS called TalOS. The alliance never reached its dreams and Apple eventually went on to acquire NeXT Inc. and the rest is history. Today, a new chapter between these two companies has been announced. According to Apple's press release, "The new IBM MobileFirst for iOSsolutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company.