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IBM-Apple Deal Feeds CIO App Ambitions
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David F. Carr
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7/17/2014 | 12:20:54 PM
Feeding the enterprise app store pipeline
I'll be interested to see whether IBM also becomes a conduit for other enterprise software makers it partners with to get into the app store and address needs beyond those IBM can fill itself.
D. Henschen
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7/17/2014 | 12:45:53 PM
"Exclusive" applies to Apple, but not necessarily IBM
While the announcement may underscore the "exclusive" nature of this deal, I believe that applies to Apple's choice of a business software and selling partner. I DO NOT believe that it means that IBM will be backing away from working with other mobile platforms and devices as a provider of mobile application development software, mobile-management software, or as a provider of mobile-device procurement, configuration, provisining and management services.

There may be fallout from these deal, whereby Apple competitors get cozier with IBM competitors, but I don't see IBM dropping support for other platforms or losing its ability to deal with a heterogeous mobile enterprise.
Thomas Claburn
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7/18/2014 | 6:01:13 PM
Re: "Exclusive" applies to Apple, but not necessarily IBM
The parameters of the exclusivity have not been made public so far as I'm aware. It could mean that IBM is the only Apple Care for Enterprise support provider. Or it could be defined differently.
Charlie Babcock
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7/17/2014 | 1:32:44 PM
IBM on the edge is IBM in new territory
This insightful commentary points out how this deal is a major departure for IBM, as well as Apple. It's stayed away from application software, after a couple of false starts into it over 15 years ago. Now it's going to not only provide the end user, data handling application but it's going to do so it what it hopes is a user friendly, iOS format. That's going to be a leap, and will spur Oracle and SAP to stop bashing each other and start bashing IBM on the edge.
DDURBIN1
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7/18/2014 | 9:59:43 AM
Re: The Devil is in the Details
Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Sync support iPhones as well as Blackberry Enterprice.  These tools can support access to back end recourses.  Maybe this is what Apple and IBM will work on, providing the middleware for this access.
ChrisMurphy
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7/18/2014 | 2:29:21 PM
Re: The Devil is in the Details
That sentiment of "It would be great if ..." I think is exactly what this deal must address. This deal will make a difference to IT pros only if IBM is plugged into that vibe. Great insight, TerryB. 


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