10 Important Facts to Know About the IBM-Apple Alliance

By Michael Vizard

From a channel perspective, the power of the IBM mobile computing alliance with Apple comes down to the 100,000 IBM consultants that will soon be in the field promoting the development and use of Apple mobile applications. Apple claims that more than 98 percent of the Fortune 500 already use its devices. The challenge has been getting people to use those devices for anything more than reading reports and email. Working together, IBM and Apple plan to develop more than 100 mobile applications for businesses of all sizes that will run natively on Apple devices. That alliance is both a boon for the Objective-C and Swift programming languages developed by Apple and the IBM Worklight mobile application development platform that in the not-too-distant future is expected to be available on the IBM Bluemix cloud platform. In the meantime, IBM channel partners can look forward to years of modernizing legacy batch-oriented enterprise applications that now need to respond to mobile computing devices in real time. Here's a look at the deal.

This article was originally published on 2014-07-17
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.