Tech Giants Apple and IBM Join Forces to Develop Business Apps
Two of the world’s biggest names in tech, Apple and IBM, have announced a partnership to develop scores of business apps that will merge the computing power and big data capacity of IBM and the user-friendly interface of Apple products.
The business partnership was announced on Tuesday and aims to “redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change,” said Apple and IBM in a joint statement.
According to IBM chief executive Virginia Rometty and Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking to CNBC, the companies are hoping to develop more than 100 business software programs for Apple’s iOS operating system. The new software programs are due for release in fall 2014.
The business apps will address specific industry needs, for example there will be a solution to help airline pilots save fuel. The aim of the collaboration is to truly turn iPads and iPhones into money-saving tools for businesses worldwide.
“We are in independent positions of strength,” Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of global business service at IBM, told USA Today. “We are the gold standards for enterprise (IBM), and consumer and design (Apple).”
Speaking about the joint venture - Apple’s first in years – Tim Cook said, “It takes the best of IBM and Apple. There is no overlap. It’s totally complimentary.”
The joint venture is big news for both companies and creates a unique opportunity to dominate the mobile business software space. Critics and tech analysts alike are applauding the move.
“They really do complement each other,” said Richard Doherty, director of the Envisioneering Group, a research consulting firm. “This seems to be one of these rare win-win-win things. I just see less indecision and more satisfaction and maybe people at work getting to enjoy an iPad on the company's dime instead of them having to go out and buy it.”
Apple shares rose $1.51 to $96.83 in after-market trading. IBM gained $3.41 to $191.90. The companies, former PC world adversaries, have worked together on the venture for several months.
Driving Federal IT Transformation
Dell Technologies and the U.S. Air Force have a longstanding partnership. On several programs of record, Dell Technologies supports mission-oriented areas, including providing data-centric applications for platforms that the Air Force leverages in testing and operations. For example, certain high-performance jet fighters rely on Dell Technologies software that helps provide critical information about aircraft performance to the service and the aircraft manufacturer. After a test flight, data modules gathered from the aircraft’s sensors are downloaded, processed and analyzed to provide critical insights.
The Air Force has also made a concerted effort to drive technology to the edge so that warfighters can gain value from their data where it lives. Dell Technologies is enabling dynamic decision-making at the edge, where collection, management, analysis, and the distribution of data is critical. Dell Technologies’ software factories are supporting some of the largest Air Force programs, like Kessel Run and Kobayashi Maru.
Kobayashi Maru is a cloud-based program designed to modernize the way the Air Force (now the U.S. Space Force) interacts with its allies. By the time Kobayashi Maru was a program, the service had a year or two of experience with the highly successful Kessel Run. According to the Air Force, this continuous user-centered approach enabled warfighters to quickly evaluate software improvements, provide direct feedback to Kessel Run developers, and rapidly iterate the software to provide maximum value and impact. Kobayashi Maru operates under the same principle: the existing software procurement process is too slow to satisfy requirements, so leverage best practices and partner with industry (in this case, Dell Technologies) to get new systems into the field as quickly as possible.
The U.S. Air Force is committed to IT modernization, as exemplified by its ability to embrace change and transformation in how critical systems are procured and deployed. And Dell Technologies is committed to supporting the Air Force in its endeavors, so the service will always be ready for what’s next.