Can you believe it? PC arch-rivals, Apple and IBM, have become best friends in enterprise mobility, providing mobile devices, apps and solutions to enterprises. The deal aims to marry the simplicity and user experience that Apple Geeks crave with enterprise expertise of IBM in security, back end systems integration as well as big data and analytics.
A couple key features the wonder-team plans to provide:
A whole lot of apps
IBM will develop 100+ industry-specific apps targeting the retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance industries.
Even MORE support
Off-site and 24/7 on-site support will be offered, as well as an enterprise version of the AppleCare service
Let’s get down to why this is a huge deal.
Apple and IBM’s new-found alliance gives recognition that enterprise mobility is different, extremely important and here to stay from the two biggest names in tech. Not just in the software maintenance aspect, but the physical lifecycle management of the device itself.
This is where mobile asset management comes in. Mobile asset managers are able to alleviate the burden of handling the lifecycle of enterprise equipment and devices, minimize the risk of data breach from improper recycling and maximize the return on IT investments.
Fortune 500 companies assign on average three to four devices per employee; while 130 million devices are discarded each year. Routine maintenance planning and meticulous internal and external reporting is a monumental task for each asset throughout its life in order to harbor the most value from each device.
The burden of quick asset turnover and slow-moving routine maintenance inhibits enterprises from reaching maximum work capacity. As a result, mid-sized businesses experience more than 3 downtime events per year at $74,000 per hour. Your downtime cost per year could be up to $2,712,000 if IT and mobile assets are not handled by the proper channels.
As mobility blooms, the responsibility no longer falls solely on the shoulders of company policies, employees or CIOs. OEMs, like Apple and IBM, are beginning to step up to place security where it should have been all along: on the mobile devices. No longer will mobile management be such a burden, but rather a team effort by OEMs, CIOs and mobile asset managers.
We can’t simply flip a switch to enable these services. We have to take what we have today and bridge it to the new world of mobility. Soon enough, enterprise mobility management will be an integral part of the IT and business infrastructure.