“IBM and Apple on Tuesday will roll out an iOS app aimed at the energy sector called Field Connect, which provides personalized features such as alerts, notifications and training,” Larry Dignan reports for ZDNet. “The app will be a piece of IBM’s cloud analytics push for utilities with the launch of IBM Insights Foundation for Energy, which will track a grid from individual transformers to the entire grid.”

“But the big question is how easy will it be for the energy sector to ultimately adopt and use these apps and the infrastructure behind them,” Dignan reports. “IBM simply has more moving parts in the partnership compared to Apple, which is basically moving hardware—lots of iPhones and iPads.”

“You can bet that Apple will get most of the spoils on the front end,” Dignan reports. “What will be interesting to watch is whether IBM lands deals on the back end.”

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