Too early to tell. We have no idea how it will manifest. It may be nothing more than IBM becoming a reseller of iPads, although even that would be pretty good.
From the article over at Re/Code:
The deal calls for IBM and Apple to develop more than 100 industry-specific applications that will run on the iPhone and iPad, including applications for security, analyzing corporate data and managing the devices themselves. Apple will add a new class of service to its AppleCare program and support aimed at enterprise customers. IBM will continue to support other wireless operating systems including Google’s Android.
IBM will also begin to sell iPhones and iPads to its corporate customers and will devote more than 100,000 people, including consultants and software developers, to the effort. Enterprise applications will in many cases run on IBM’s cloud infrastructure or on private clouds that it has built for its customers. Data for those applications will co-exist with personal data like photos and personal email that will run on Apple’s iCloud and other cloud services.
I'd say it will be more involved than re-selling iPads.
rogifan wrote: »
Microsoft is actually up slightly after hours. But Blackberry is down over 4%.
rogifan wrote: »
Quite honestly I think Google should be shitting themselves more than Microsoft. Oh and Samsung too. I love it.
Sure, that would be their reaction if they, you know, haven't seen a tennis tournament, a golf tournament, the Olympics, the World Cup, or pretty much any major sporting event in the last 25 years.
forget about Microsoft, SameSong is pissing in his pant right now
Move over Microsoft, Big Blue is back.
deegee48 wrote: »
Maybe now, Apple will finally have the lion's share of the enterprise market, like Windows of old! It's about time!
Do you have a link to any of the apps? In my initial browse around, I didn't see specific apps. Would like to see what has been done so far.
There's not enough information for a sub-average Joe like me to assess what it means.
The announcement does not mean much to the 'sub-average Joe' because it only directly impacts IBM employees including those who do business within the enterprise space, like myself.
waybacmac wrote: »
Be careful what you wish for. I prefer Apple stays the underdog. It keeps them true to SJ's vision.
Doesn't Big Blue still make some big iron?
IBM has never stopped selling hardware. Since 2006, however, they have shifted to more services-oriented offerings. That business model has earned IBM and me (plus many others) some good money.
So when do we expect Samsung to team up with Blackberry? Or Microsoft?
Someone may have beat me to this, but Samsung is teaming up with... Nest. :-))) I am so looking forward to Samsung creating a copy of the Nest devices then selling them at a cheaper price!
It's not so bad being Microsoft. They can ride the PC/Windows/IE/Office on their way to obsolescence.
I just hope this is more successful than Taligent, Kaleida and AIM alliance.
Except for one thing. Apple is now officially "taken" in the enterprise space. Who can Microsoft team up with on the mobile hardware side? Nokia? Nope. Already own Nokia. Plus there's the whole death-spiral thing. BlackBerry? Nope. Death-spiral too. Oh well. Microsoft can just write apps for iOS devices, like they already are.
Microsoft can pair up with Novell and . . . wait. Never mind.
That has been true from the beginning. Nothing new here.
Couldn't agree more!!!!