Here it comes . . .
. . . Lotus Notes for iOS. I expect the weeping and gnashing of teeth to begin anon!
IBM and Apple have forged a pact to sell software to enterprises: Apple will handle support and IBM will actually sell the iPads and iPhones, which will be loaded with Big Blue's ported apps. Oh yes. The "landmark partnership" was announced by the two companies on Tuesday, and will see each firm help the other make money from …
Will you just able to buy them from the app store and use them, or will they be "free" but be non-functional without some sort of IBM services contract for your corporation?
It is quite an inspired partnership, each company playing its biggest strength to the other's biggest weakness. Neither company has to go outside its comfort zone at all. If successful, each company will realize a lot of revenue from a market it had not the slightest prayer of participating in without the other.
This could change the face of the BYOD movement. Who would have thought a partnership like this could be possible, back in 1984? :)
IBM... hasn't gotten anything right in the enterprise least of all software.
Well you might not have heard of z/OS which is only used for trivial stuff like paying salaries, running Fortune 50 companies and banking - But obviously nothing that is really important to an enterprise...
There is already TN3270 apps on the app store :p
That being said, odds are IT will probably agree to support one now. Where I work we use cisco for IT remote access so since its build into the ipad I can connect with a securid and use the a 3270 app on the ipad over LTE. nice indeed since I need to support the mainframe 24/7.
Basic SWOT analysis shows this is a great move. Neither Ginni nor Cook have made a big announcement in their CEO tenure that have taken the business in a new direction. If the execution is good, it could be big.
It also destabilizes the competition, Google and Microsoft partnering? Not ruddy likely.
I think this is a move IBM and Apple had to make.
"soon to replace the Lenovo/Windows laptop that I've only just managed to get correctly setup after 4months of work?"
I fear you just demonstrated precisely why this is an excellent idea. Most Macs work out of the box and the configuration stuff in the new OSX / iOS8 is going to make that stuff easy.
Is that before or after the corporate IT guy images the official config on your Mac? I don't remember doing much work on the configuration of my corporate PC/laptop over the past 24 years. In fact I distinctly remember not being allowed to makes config changes or in some cases, able to make changes.
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