Posts with tag enterprise

Hath Hell frozen over?

Apple teams up with IBM to transform mobile enterprise

apple-logo-wwdc13Steve Jobs didn’t quite care for IBM back in the 1980s, but that means nothing today as both Apple and IBM have announced a new global partnership to “transform enterprise mobility”. According to a joint press release published just a few minutes ago, the companies claims that the new partnership aims to “redefine” the way businesses get work done, as well as address key challenges in the mobile enterprise category.

The centerpiece of the deal appears to be a new lineup of enterprise mobility applications powered by IBM’s “big data and analytics capabilities” coming soon to the iPhone and the iPad, as well as bringing IBM’s cloud services to the platform allowing for device management and security. Apple will also be beefing up their AppleCare service and support to meet “the needs of the enterprise.”

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had the following to say about the news, “iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today… for the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

The two companies are calling all of this IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions, and it will “totally transform how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and consumer satisfaction” – all according to the press release, of course.

No word yet when we’ll see all of this in action, however Apple does note in the press release that iOS 8 will improve enterprise support over previous releases of the software by “improving of the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed, or restricted, with expanded security management and productivity features.” iOS 8 was, of course, announced at Apple’s WWDC conference in San Francisco just a few short weeks ago.

We have published to Apple and IBM’s full press release after the break.

Source: Apple

A not so gentle push

Microsoft raises prices of enterprise products

A good scoop by Microsoft tech analyst and insider Mary Jo Foley reveals that Microsoft, starting December 1st, 2012, will begin raising the prices of its enterprise products, and not in an insignificant manner.

According to the article, Microsoft is looking towards pushing their enterprise customers away from the old, buy-once-keep-forever model that most enterprises run on right now towards new subscription based models that work parallel with Microsoft’s increasingly cloud-oriented services.

Microsoft Office 2013’s volume pricing will go up in not insignificant ways. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 will be priced at more than 38% more than the 2010 equivalent, whilst the new Lync Server 2013 package will be priced 400% (yes, 400 – as in 40 x 10) more than the 2010 Lync package. Visio Standard 2013 will increase by 20% over the last edition, while Visio Premium will be “retired”.

The retail editions of Microsoft Office 2013 have also been given a price by Miss Foley, suggesting that Microsoft Office Standard 2013 will cost $369, while Microsoft Office Professional Plus will cost $499.

Microsoft clearly isn’t playing around with their enterprise customers. The message here is clear – stick with what you have, get on board with our new cloud model, or pay through the nose to stay in our ecosystem. The lines have been drawn.

Source: ZDNet