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The Second Major Apple/IBM Announcement

Posted by Bob Garst

Wed,Oct 07, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Apple has long been known as – and was indeed described by Steve Jobs as – a consumer driven company.  Despite this, research showed that more and more companies were incorporating Apple devices - especially mobile ones - into their workplaces.  And so it was perhaps only a matter of time before Apple looked to find an effective method for more successfully promoting its devices into the enterprise on an even larger scale.

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The First 11 Industries To Benefit From The Apple/IBM Partnership

Posted by Bob Garst

Thu,Oct 01, 2015 @ 08:30 AM


They say that nothing in life is certain.

But – in the realm of technology - if there’s one thing of which we can be certain, it’s that Apple didn’t partner with IBM to increase the appeal of its mobile devices to consumers at large. On the contrary, for Apple, this partnership is all about furthering its reach into the Enterprise. This is why the core agreement of this partnership is based on IBM’s development of iOS-based, enterprise applications that will transform work environments. This revolutionary app suite is being marketed under the umbrella name of “MobileFirst.”

More specifically, these IBM MobileFirst apps are not “horizontal” apps simply being offered to businesses in general. They are intentionally targeted at specific business vertical markets. So which verticals have benefitted so far from the offspring, so to speak, of the Apple/IBM partnership?

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Why The Apple/IBM Agreement Is Good For Apple and JAMF Partners

Posted by Bob Garst

Thu,Sep 24, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

This summer, IBM announced MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services.  This initiative is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Apple Macintosh computer systems within their IT infrastructures. IBM will be providing deployment, security and managed services for the Apple Macintosh platform for their enterprise clients. This new partnership obviously bodes well for Apple, Inc. with regard to furthering their efforts to penetrate the enterprise with Macintosh. 

But with the entrance of this new “Goliath” Apple partner, what might be the viewpoint of the over 1,200 U.S.-based long-standing “David” Apple authorized consulting partners?

Furthermore, for those authorized Apple consulting partners who additionally happen to be closely partnered with JAMF Software, what increased concerns might they feel in knowing that IBM has selected the Casper Suite from JAMF Software as their management solution for this new service? 

Is there perhaps a double threat looming?

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How The Floodgates Have Opened For Macs At IBM

Posted by Bob Garst

Wed,Sep 09, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

When you consider how swiftly it occurred, The opening of the floodgates to allow Macintosh computers into the hands of IBM employees might be considered a bit revolutionary. <Click to Tweet>

At the beginning of 2014, it is believed that approximately 4% of IBM employees used Apple Macintosh; and nearly all of these were on a bring-your-own-device or BYOD basis.  Since that time, IBM has disclosed their plans to perhaps order up to a stunning 200,000 Macs a year.  If achieved, this number would approximately represent an incredible 75% of the total number of personal computers for all of IBM’s employees.

How did this potential come about? Why such a sudden, monumental change in the IBM workplace?  To better understand, we need to take a look behind the scenes of the recent Apple and IBM partnership.

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Who Was The Biggest Winner In IBM/Apple Deal? It's Not Who You Think

Posted by Bob Garst

Wed,Sep 02, 2015 @ 09:00 AM


August 05, 2015 was a interesting day in the world of technology.

That’s when IBM announced that it would sell and support Apple Macintosh computers in the Enterprise.  This marked a milestone in the Apple/IBM partnership in that IBM was moving beyond it’s previously announced support of Apple’s iOS mobile devices and additionally endorsing and supporting the Apple Macintosh computer platform as well.

But arguably somewhat lost in that announcement was the fact that IBM chose solutions from JAMF Software as the key software component for these new services.  By incorporating the Casper Suite from JAMF Software, IBM will be able to optimally deploy, secure as well as manage these Apple Macintosh devices for their enterprise clients.

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A Timeline for the Apple/IBM Partnership Announcement

Posted by Bob Garst

Wed,Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Since Apple and IBM surprised the world with their partnership in July of last year, their alliance been greatly scrutinized.

Why did they do it?  How are each of them benefitting? What are the terms of their agreement?

We intend to take a look at these questions – and more – as we delve into some of the key aspects of this partnership in upcoming posts.  But at the outset, we’d like to take a step back at this partnership to view it from a unique perspective—by zooming out.

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Topics: Mac Integration

4 Ways a Macintosh Might Offer More Value Than Windows In Business

Posted by Bob Garst

Wed,Aug 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Both Apple, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation have invested plenty to try and convince the population to ‘choose’ the best computer. 

For example, Apple, Inc. might campaign on its ease of use, compatibility of its devices in the Apple ecosystem, and less threats for malware and viruses. On the other hand, Microsoft Corporation might focus on its wider range of software solutions that are available for its Windows platform as well as the variety of computer systems and price points from its various hardware manufacturing partners who support the Windows operating system. 

But which company is correct? Well, as Apple enthusiasts we have our opinion:)

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What the New Apple & IBM Partnership Means for Mac in the Enterprise

Posted by Bob Garst

Wed,Aug 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The word synergy comes from the Greek word ‘synergos’ meaning ‘working together’. This is not a word you would expect to use when discussing the 30-year relationship between IBM and Apple. However, that is just what IBM and Apple announced in 2014 with an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility.

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Why Some IBM Salespeople Will Be Required To Use Macintosh Computers

Posted by Bob Garst

Wed,Aug 05, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Steve Jobs once said,

If, for some reason, we make some big mistake and IBM wins, my personal feeling is that we are going to enter a computer Dark Ages for about twenty years.”

At the time of this quote, IBM and Apple were competing in the personal computer space and quotes like this were not uncommon. A lot has changed in the 30 years since. Both Apple and IBM have evolved into market leaders with two different strengths:  Apple in Mobility and IBM in Big Data.

Any differences between the companies were put aside in 2014 when Apple and IBM announced a strategic and exclusive partnership that combines the market-leading strengths of each company to transform the enterprise.

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Demystifying Cloud Storage: 6 Reasons Your Business Should Use It

Posted by Bob Garst

Tue,Jul 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Businesses should not embrace the cloud for reasons such as ‘just because’ or ‘it will be good for you’.  That trick arguably only worked for our parents at the dinner table.  But as a business decision-maker, no one wants to be tricked.  The truth is that cloud providers have been around for over a decade; and many companies - both large and small - have embraced the cloud. The question is, “Since so many businesses are now storing their data in the cloud, why aren’t you?”

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