IBM's 'MobileFirst for iOS' apps to get cloud services boost with new Box partnership

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in General Discussion edited June 2015
International Business Machines and cloud collaboration firm Box on Tuesday announced a new partnership that will see an integration of resources and technology lead to intuitive enterprise class products, including IBM's MobileFirst for iOS apps for Apple devices.


IBM's "Advisor Alerts" MobileFirst for iOS app.


As detailed in a press release, IBM and Box plan to integrate their respective technologies to offer business customers effective cloud collaboration and management solutions backed by proven data analytics and a deep understanding of individual business needs. The relationship is expected to produce new products and services, while existing branded offerings benefit on both sides.

The companies plan to work together on three key initiatives: transformation of enterprise work, international reach and security and new content rich apps and solutions. This latter area of focus will impact IBM's MobileFirst for iOS apps. Moving forward, IBM MobileFirst software will tap into Box's cloud APIs -- and to a lesser extent cloud network -- for content management, distribution, sharing and storage.

For Box, a collaboration with IBM grants access to advanced data crunching tools like Watson Analytics, industry-specific products and a broader reach within the enterprise marketplace, reports Re/code. As for IBM, the deal represents solid footing in the cloud computing space, an area of vital interest after the company steered its business strategy away from hardware and toward software and services.

As an example what to expect, the companies offered up a theoretical healthcare services solution that allows for secure collaboration between physicians, patients, hospitals and providers. Using cloud collaboration tools enhanced on the backend with IBM analytics, hospitals can share test results, coordinate patient care and conduct other sensitive operations in a controlled environment.

Interestingly, IBM fields a deep roster of MobileFirst for iOS apps tailored to healthcare professionals, some of which were introduced in April and come with support for Apple Watch.

IBM's MobileFirst for iOS initiative was born from an unlikely partnership with Apple first announced last July. Under the arrangement, IBM is responsible for app development, hardware leasing, device management, integration and on-site service, while Apple aids in software design and customer service via a special tier of AppleCare.

IBM has yet to announce which MobileFirst for iOS apps will be the first to feature Box integration.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5

    Interesting that Apple is not restricting the use of what could be regarded as iCloud competitors. 

  • Reply 2 of 5
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 476member
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    Originally Posted by Douglas Bailey View Post

     

    Interesting that Apple is not restricting the use of what could be regarded as iCloud competitors. 




    Because iCloud features are probably far behind what enterprise need. It is even for regular customer. We have yet to see how iCloud Drive will work. IBM needs real cloud storage service.

  • Reply 3 of 5
    genovellegenovelle Posts: 967member
    Interesting. This may prove to be the beginning of a partnership that if successful will see IBM or Apple purchase box outright.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    genovelle wrote: »
    Interesting. This may prove to be the beginning of a partnership that if successful will see IBM or Apple purchase box outright.

    My sentiments exactly. Apple acquiring Box would bring Apple a very smart and savvy CEO manage all of Apple's cloud offerings.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,306member
    genovelle wrote: »
    Interesting. This may prove to be the beginning of a partnership that if successful will see IBM or Apple purchase box outright.

    My thoughts and I'd prefer it be Apple to help keep the joint development close. I'd hate to see IBM turn around after a few years of working with Apple only to offer the same apps to Microsoft and Android mobiles. If history is anything to go by, they will of course.
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