IT giants Apple and IBM have entered a partnership developing business applications to focus on improving enterprise mobility.
The two firms, which were once competitors, will unite to offer services such as IBM cloud services, device management, security and analytics produced specifically for iOS devices.
The partnership will combine Apple’s strengths in customer experience and device production with IBM’s data analytics capabilities to develop the enterprise solution IBM MobileFirst for iOS.
Apple made several decisions during its WWDC 2014 developer’s conference in San Francisco this year, including making several APIs available to developers to produce better applications. This may have signaled the beginning of an enterprise push.
The IBM MobileFirst agreement will also allow IBM to sell iPhone and iPads to enterprises with industry-specific business applications already installed.
“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 in a statement.
“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."
Recently, Google ramped up its enterprise approach by teaming up with Samsung to provide the Samsung Knox security solution on all Android devices.