Apple At It Again With Enterprise Apps
Apple and IBM announced earlier this year a high-profile collaboration to rollout dozens of new mobile applications all geared toward enterprise users. Recently, the two launched tools developed for the health care industry, using iBeacon for health care providers to access patient information and utilize Big Data analytics to streamline the workday.
This week, the companies announced 10 more apps for the enterprise, this time for an array of sectors. According to reports in Tech Radar, Apple unveiled apps that offer employee shift time tracking, corporate travel planning and management, and work field diagnostics.
One new service allows loan officers to collect client information on their iPad, while another connects business travel itineraries to the iPhone or Apple Watch.
Apple and IBM said that these tools will help to digitize everyday work operations, save businesses time on data entry, and overall ease friction for an array of aspects in the workplace.
“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,” said IBM Global Business Services SVP Bridget van Kralingen in a statement.
Together, the two hope to release 100 enterprise apps this year. And they’re not the only technology conglomerates in the race. Samsung and BlackBerry have reportedly linked up in a similar fashion to develop new workplace-focused mobile services, a deal that combines BlackBerry’s security software with Samsung’s smartphones.
The efforts are all part of the momentum gaining behind the Bring Your Own Device movement, which sees employees bringing in their personal mobile devices for use at work as they demand mobile tools to get their jobs done.