Apple and IBM today delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions.
The so-called “new class of made-for-business apps” are designed to bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise.
The move comes after a partnership between the two tech giants was announced earlier this year.
Sectors being targeted in this first wave of apps including banking, retail, and airlines. The first Canadian client publicly announced is Air Canada.
“What we’re delivering aims directly at the new quest of business—smart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. “Our collaboration combines IBM’s industry expertise and unmatched position in enterprise computing, with Apple’s legendary user experience and excellence in product design to lift the performance of a new generation of business professionals.”
“This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can’t wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world’s best technology with the smartest data and analytics to help businesses redefine how work gets done.”
This first launch includes 10 apps.