In a deal aimed at breaking down long-standing barriers to Apple in the workplace, the Cupertino company has announced a partnership Tuesday to implement Apple’s mobile products – the iPhone and iPad – in businesses around the world.
In a joint statement, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO and Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM, said the partnership will seek to fuse IBM’s prowess in data analytics and deep ties to the enterprise with Apple’s design and consumer savvy.
IBM will work with Apple to develop enterprise mobile applications for iPad and iPhone specifically for industry under the IBM MobileFirst for iOS brand.
The company will also offer mobile device management, security, data analytics and cross-platform integrations that leverage IBM’s cloud services. There will be IBM-managed offerings around mobile device activation, supply and management tailored to businesses.
Apple will begin offering a version of its (popular) AppleCare product support service that is tailored to the needs of enterprises.
Finally, IBM will sell iPads and iPhones into its global, enterprise customer base, the companies announced.
Read more about the deal here: Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility | Seeking Alpha.