iPhones and iPads to get special love at work as Apple and Cisco partner

1 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple And Cisco Ink Nebulous Enterprise Partnership.

The lucrative market to serve companies — known as the enterprise business — means Apple has teamed up the old guard of tech: first with IBM last year, and now with Cisco. Huge enterprise player Cisco and Apple announced a “Fast Lane” for iOS enterprise users, which promises a more streamlined and optimized experience for those enterprise customers using Cisco networks and products.The Silicon Valley companies on Monday announced an alliance aimed at helping Apple’s mobile devices communicate more effectively on corporate networks where Cisco gear is widely used.“Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. There aren’t a lot of details right now, as the release merely states that the companies are dedicated to “providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad.” iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy. iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done.

But it means Apple wants to connect Cisco’s expansive corporate networks with iOS devices, which long ago started taking bits of market share away from other smartphones, like the BlackBerry, but still face an uphill battle against Android phones. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love. For Apple, it’s the second recently struck partnership with a former foe aimed at boosting sales to businesses, which traditionally have steered toward BlackBerry and Microsoft devices. Cisco, which has an office in downtown Toronto, provides products and services that connect companies to the Internet as well as communications tools for virtual conferences and meetings.

It will also allow business users to more easily use Cisco Spark, TelePresence and WebEx — for popular for remote collaboration and telecommuting workers — with iOS. Cisco customers could be affected in several ways: An employee in the office using an iPhone to video-conference a colleague abroad automatically would get a faster Internet connection than someone streaming a game on ESPN.com. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Cisco Chairman John Chambers told the Journal the partnership, which was 10 months in the making, will be explained in detail to thousands of Cisco sales representatives at a gathering in Las Vegas on Monday. There’s no reason for a corporate customer to use phones that aren’t good for their employees simply because it’s easy to get your software onto it.

And several Cisco apps, such as the collaboration tool Spark, will run smoother on Apple devices. “What makes this new partnership unique is that our engineering teams are innovating together to build joint solutions that our sales teams and partners will take jointly to our customers,” Cisco Chief Executive Chuck Robbins said in a blog post. One of the big benefits of the tie-up is Apple will be stronger in its device security for corporate networks, For anyone with an iPhone, it makes obvious sense to having better integration between iOS and Cisco VPNs — which allow workers to remotely access sensitive documents and email. iOS makes it fairly easy to set-up or login to a VPN, but if you work at a company with a more stringent firewall, the process can sometimes be daunting. By signing big partnerships with IBM and Cisco in the span of 13 months, Apple is showing it’s not resting on its laurels as a maker of smartphones and devices for consumers.

On last week’s MashTalk, Mashable Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and I discussed the way Microsoft infiltrated the home; it started by winning over enterprise and then those office workers embraced Microsoft products at home. That’s in part why technology experts who closely follow Apple expect the company to soon release a larger-screened iPad that would be better-suited for completing work tasks.

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