The partnership between Apple and IBM could have a very large impact on the IT industry, particularly on IT staff in currently working in companies with Apple products. On Tuesday, Apple and IBM announced an ‘exclusive deal’ where IBM will build a range of iOS apps for its big data and analytics services, increasing the corporate usability of their iPhones and iPads.
The first IBM apps to launch from the collaboration could be out by spring – which is when Apple’s iOS 8 platform is expected to launch. The partnership is strictly ‘exclusive’ which means both of the companies will not be doing similar deals with any other company.
“We are saying these [apps] will be specifically for the iPhone and iPad,” said a spokeswoman for IBM, about the deal. “They are the best mobile devices in the world, from our view,” she said.
The significance of the deal is that Apple products are used widely in the corporate world, but the consideration of the IT support that was needed for a business environment was not at the forefront. These applications aim to address that imbalance, and allow Apple to be even more competitive in this space.