The Apple-IBM Alliance: Illuminating the Future of BYOD
Blog Article Published: 11/26/2014
By Yorgen Edholm, CEO, Accellion The mobile revolution, while firmly embedded in the consumer world, is now beginning to hit its stride in the enterprise world. This can be seen in the recent announcement from Apple and IBM, whose strategic alliance to develop joint solutions leveraging Apple devices and IBM software is an important next step for how enterprises consider mobile technology. Ginni Rometty, IBM’s CEO, described the partnership as combining two complementary sets of assets, stating that IBM has the big data, the analytics capabilities, the integration work, and the cloud. On the other hand she mentions that Apple has the devices, the development environment, and the focus on usability. The combination of these elements is what will make a truly groundbreaking enterprise experience on mobile devices. So what can we conclude from the Apple/IBM alliance?
- iPhones and iPads, are clearly ready for enterprise-grade computing. Whatever skepticism businesses had about the iPhone back in 2007 and 2008 has largely dissipated, so much so that IBM is willing to bet major R&D and sales initiatives on iOS devices.
- Enterprises like iOS devices, but they’re also looking for a mature software platform with proven capabilities in the areas of security, scalability, and control.
- IBM and Apple see the opportunity to bridge the gap between consumer mobile devices and enterprise-grade solutions for data access, data management, and communication.