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CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York - July 15, 2014 - Apple and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that brings together the market-leading strengths of both companies to bring enterprise mobility through a whole new category of apps that bring IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.
The partnership, which is significant for a milestone, aims to redefine the way work is done, to address important challenges in the mobility industry and to bring about changes in the company that are actually driven by the use of mobile technology - based on four main characteristics:
- a new category of over 100 industry-specific business solutions including native apps that are developed from the ground up exclusively for iPhone and iPad;
- unique cloud services from IBM, optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
- new AppleCare service and support, tailored to the needs of a company; and
- new preconfigured offerings from IBM for device activation, provisioning and management.
The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are developed in an exclusive collaboration that benefits from the various strengths of both companies: IBM's big data and analytics capabilities are combined with the power and expertise of more than 100,000 industry and sector consultants and software developers with Apple's legendary experience in the end customer business, hardware and software integration and the developer platform. This combination will produce apps that can change the specific aspects of how companies and employees work with iPhone and iPad and will enable companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction - faster and easier than ever before.
As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to corporate customers worldwide.
"The iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have changed the way people work in their organizations in over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 companies already using iOS devices today "says Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "For the first time ever, we're bringing IBM's well-known big data analytics into the hands of iOS users, creating a huge market opportunity for Apple. This is a fundamental step for businesses and is something that only Apple and IBM can deliver."
"Mobility - combined with the phenomena of data and the cloud - is changing business and our industry in a historic way, allowing people to rethink work, industry and profession," said Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM. "The alliance with Apple will build on our drive to bring these innovations to our customers worldwide and will benefit from IBM's leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We look forward to working with Apple, whose innovations are our lives has changed in a way that we take for granted but could not imagine living without.Our alliance will bring the same kind of change to people's professional lives, the operations of entire industries and the performance of companies . "
The common goal of Apple and IBM for this partnership is to provide business people all over the world with the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with company information, data, analysis and work processes. In particular, the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of mobile solutions for companies:
Mobile solutions that transform business life: Companies will work together to create IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions - a new breed of "made-for-business" apps that address specific problems and opportunities in retail, healthcare, health, and more. in banking and insurance, travel and transport and the telecommunications industry and will be available from autumn this year and into 2015.
Mobile Platform: The IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS will deliver the services required for an end-to-end, enterprise-wide system; from analytics, work process and cloud storage to managing a wide range of devices, security and integration. Improved mobile management includes a personal app catalog, data and transaction security services and a productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. In addition to the locally installed software solutions, all of these services will be available on Bluemix, IBM's development platform on the IBM Cloud marketplace.
Mobile Service and Support: AppleCare for Business will provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 support through Apple's award-winning customer service team, with on-site service provided by IBM.
Preconfigured service offerings: IBM introduces IBM MobileFirst Supply and Management for device provisioning, activation and management options for iPhone and iPad with leasing options.
Announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June and available later this year, Apple's iOS 8 is Apple's most significant release since the App Store launched, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. For businesses, iOS 8 adopts the new IT model for mobile workers by improving the way users are informed about how their devices are configured, managed or restricted, with enhanced security, management and productivity functions.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and various professional software applications. Apple is leading the digital music revolution with its iPods and the iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with the revolutionary iPhone and App Store and is redefining the future of mobile media and computers with the iPad.
IBM's more than 5,000 mobile experts are at the forefront of innovation for enterprise mobile technology. IBM holds over 4,300 patents in the fields of mobile, social and security that are built into IBM MobileFirst solutions. These enable corporate customers to radically simplify and accelerate the adoption of mobile technologies, help organizations employ more people, and open up new markets.
IBM has made a dozen security acquisitions in the past decade and employs over 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 laboratories around the world who work on developing company-specific solutions.
IBM has also created the world's largest portfolio of big data and analytics consulting and expertise, based on the knowledge of over 40,000 customer analytics. This analytics portfolio encompasses research and development, solutions, software and hardware and includes over 15,000 analytics consultants, 4,000 patents in analytics, 6,000 business partners in industry solutions and 400 mathematicians at IBM who help clients use big data to transform their businesses support.
For more information on the new solutions from Apple and IBM, visit www.ibm.com/MobileFirstForiOS or www.apple.com/ipad/business.