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Apple, IBM Will Woo Enterprises: Mobile Bombshell

The two former rivals join forces to sell enterprises on iOS hardware and business apps backed by IBM services. Can the duo dominate the enterprise mobile market?

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progman2000
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7/20/2014 | 8:44:40 AM
Wow, an Apple-IBM partnership
Who would have thought you'd ever see the day?  Love that picture of Jobs from 1983, makes you realize how crazy this is.
Susan Fourtané
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7/20/2014 | 8:16:38 AM
Apple & IBM: A winning formula
SusanN, 

" ... how do you think this alliance is going to affect public perception of the Apple brand?

I am not Gary, but I can tell you about my perception. :D I love this allience. I have great expectations now. The enterprise is going to finally see good changes.

Apple and IBM together are a super powerful formula that only can win. The are both good, strong companies, which deliver quality. Together, they will win in the enterprise. 

After the recent Microsoft mess this comes to fill the air up with a breeze of new good things about to happen. :) 

IBM is the only company that can match Apple in some of the important things, like quality. 

-SusanF
David F. Carr
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7/16/2014 | 7:53:39 PM
Re: Oh my
The lady who threw the sledgehammer must be surprised.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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7/16/2014 | 7:52:41 PM
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@Susan Nunziata
Apple has completely left its counterculture image behind, abandoning untold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goodwill. Buying an Apple ANYTHING doesn't make you a Rebel anymore.
Susan_Nunziata
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7/16/2014 | 7:43:35 PM
Re: WWSJD
@Thomas--and this gives IBM presumably convenient access to a hefty installed base of Apple users in the enterprise. Do you happen to have any stats at hand on how many iPhones and iPads and for that matter Macs are in use in the enterprise worldwide, or in the U.S. alone?
Susan_Nunziata
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7/16/2014 | 7:41:59 PM
Re: Zowie
@Gary: file this under #mindblown. how do you think this alliance is going to affect public perception of the Apple brand?
Susan_Nunziata
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7/16/2014 | 7:39:11 PM
Re: Oh my
@Somedude8: Ha! Seriously, talk about strange bedfellows! What do you think will be the first product/app to hit the market from this alliance?
Thomas Claburn
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7/16/2014 | 5:10:57 PM
Re: WWSJD
Apple, with something like $160 billion in cash, would not have too much trouble buying IBM ($194B market cap). But this deal will give it an enterprise sales force for far less.
Thomas Claburn
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7/16/2014 | 5:05:39 PM
Re: Zowie
Were I commissioning a corporate app for workers, I'd want the cloud services to be provided by company servers rather than outsourced to IBM or some other party.
Laurianne
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7/16/2014 | 2:37:38 PM
Re: Oh my
"PC guy" must be very confused today.
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