With IBM, Apple will own the mobile enterprise

“IBM and Apple are pushing even harder into the enterprise,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “iPads and iOS are in the spotlight across IBM’s growing global network of IBM Studios which put mobile at the heart of digital transformation.”

“Ten MobileFirst for iOS apps are available, 12 more ship next month and over 100 are in development (and I hear there could be many, many more),” Evans writes. “Ultimately, any enterprise will be able to make all its data and processes available to any employee with an iOS device. Add iBeacon, Apple’s work in indoor mapping services and you can see even more opportunities for enterprise users; Apple Watch-wearing warehouse employees will be guided to the right products using gentle taps on their wrist.”

Evans writes, “CCS Insight’s Nick McQuire calls the Apple/IBM partnership ‘lethal,’ saying: ‘IBM MobileFirst for iOS has the potential to radically reshape the direction of enterprise computing in the coming years.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Is it wrong to want to grind this into the face of every anti-Mac, anti-Apple, progress-stifling, tech-roadblocking IT doofus dinosaur know-nothing that we’ve encountered over the years?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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11 Comments

  1. Well this is all just dandy, and I’m very glad that Apple will do so well in mobile enterprise. But they have pretty much pissed away their server opportunities. Over the past few months, I have been asked to deploy new Mac servers. What do I have to choose from? A Mac mini or a Mac Pro? Both of these coupled with a Thunderbolt RAID would make a great server. But the problem is that one is under powered for businesses, and the other is often overkill. Add to this that OS X Server has become a Fisher Price kind of “my first server” product. It makes me long for the days of using Snow Leopard Server, which in my opinion was the gold standard of Apple servers.

    1. Agreed 100%.

      I can’t even downgrade to Snow Leopard Server because newer hardware won’t allow older OSs.

      Server has caused so many headaches here at work for me. It didn’t use to be this way. It use to be I just set up a mac server and it ran flawlessly. I would go many months without me even touching it.

      Over the past two years, server has slowly become very difficult for me. Permission errors, temp file errors, MS and Adobe saving over the network, SMB problems.

      1. For SMB shares, remember to turn on ACLs. I ran into that with Lion Server in an almost all Windows office. From what I’ve observed, Apple still hasn’t turned on ACLs on SMB shares by default. It’s a change we have to make via command line, so it’s easy to overlook. What’s really stupid about this is that Apple is moving to SMB as the default file sharing protocol. Since they’re moving to SMB, wouldn’t it make since for ACLs to be active over SMB already?

  2. These guys must think Big Blue has no competition.
    We deployed mobile access to our shipping and inventory systems using SAP months ago. Accessible from Android or iOS and we have a mobile device management layer already in place.
    This is good news for big blue customers. For those of us who moved on from IBM eons ago it does not mean much.

    1. I agree I much prefer Samsung Gear watches, non Touch security Android Phones and even better Samsungabeacon when it launches in 2 or 3 years and gives you ads as you go about your business. Be like having their TVs at work.

    2. I’m a little skeptical about what IBM can deliver, too. But from my experiences, SAP is the most expensive crapware on the planet.
      Picking the direction for mobile enterprise will choosing the lesser of two evils (unless something else emerges).

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