An estimated 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies and more than 92 percent of Global 500 companies use Apple devices. So, the announcement last week that Apple and IBM formed an exclusive partnership “to transform enterprise mobility” may have come as a surprise. However, these companies have a history of collaboration. By joining forces to combine IBM’s robust business software services with Apple’s popular and consumer-friendly devices, they will offer more than 100 innovative mobile solutions to businesses.
The partnership aims to advance the way companies work through: mobile apps that target issues and opportunities in specific industries; a mobile platform that incorporates data and analytics, cloud storage, security and other services that businesses need; mobile support from Apple’s 24/7 tech team and onsite service from IBM; and packaged services for supply and management of devices.
Here are a few ways that Apple and IBM’s “made-for-business” apps and services can benefit business leaders and their employees:
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