Apple IBM mobility partnership reportNew Industry Apps Demonstrate Proficiency of Third-Generation Enterprise Mobile Apps

On July 15, 2014, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a strategic partnership to transform the enterprise through mobility. The announcement included a commitment by the two companies to:

1. Build a new class of industry-specific enterprise solutions for iPhones and iPads 

2. Deliver a set of mobile management software services optimized for Apple’s iOS and iCloud 

3. Offer enterprises AppleCare services via IBM 

4. Provide IBM supply, activate, and management for device expertise on Apple iOS 

This report analyzes the first wave of industry-specific enterprise solutions as part of the IBM MobileFirst for iOS applications unveiled on December 10, 2014. It also provides a status update on the IBM-Apple alliance deliverables. 

Table of Contents:

  • Executive Summary
  • Early Generations of Enterprise Mobile Apps Rarely Live Up to the Potential of Mobility
  • The Third Generation of MobileFirst Apps Address the Needs of Digital Businesses 
  • Figure 2. The Shift from Analog to Digital Begins with a Design Point for Intention Driven 
  • Figure 3. Five Key Characteristics of Third-Generation Mobile Apps 
  • The IBM-Apple Partnership Achieves First Milestones 
  • Ten IBM MobileFirst for Apple iOS Apps Meet the Third-Generation Mobile Apps Challenge 
  • Offerings Address Three Major Enterprise Use Cases 
  • First Wave of Industry-Specific Apps for Apple iOS 
  • Figure 4. Ten First-Wave Industry-Specific Apps Meet Third-Generation Mobile Enterprise Requirements 
  • Case Study: Field Service Apps Bring Together Disparate Information Sources and Take Advantage of Native Capabilities 
  • Recommendations: Use Mobile as the Gateway to Digital Transformation Projects 
  • The Takeaways
  • The Recommendations

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