Apple continues its enterprise push with Cisco partnership

Apple continues to beef up its enterprise presence. The Cupertino, California-based company and Cisco are teaming up to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing collaboration on iPhones and iPads. iOS devices will communication using Cisco's networking hardware, which is ubiquitous at several enterprises and institutions.

The partnership will allow a "seamless experience" between iOS devices and desk phones in environments featuring Cisco voice/video hardware, according to Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. With Apple's support, Cisco will deliver experiences specially optimized for iOS across mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience, he adds.

The Apple-Cisco announcement comes 13 months after Apple announced a partnership with IBM, which has led to Big Blue bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad. As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM also began selling iOS devices with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

And in April 2015, the Japan Post Group, IBM and Apple announced an initiative designed to improve the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens. The new initiative will deliver iPads with IBM-developed apps and analytics to connect millions of seniors with services, healthcare, community and their families.

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