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Apple Gets Cisco Biz Users On Board

Apple has been hustling to get more of its mobile devices into the hands of employees, and much of that effort has been through a partnership with IBM to develop enterprise apps. But a new partnership has Apple adding another approach to conquering the workforce.

In an announcement Monday (Aug. 31), Apple said it would be teaming up with technology conglomerate Cisco to make it easier for businesses using Cisco networks to integrate Apple devices. The deal sees iOS devices integrate with Cisco enterprise environments.

“iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the corner of their mobile strategy,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in an announcement. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. 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.”

The companies said they will optimize iOS devices to work more efficiently through Cisco networks, and Cisco will begin channeling its services to run more efficiently on iOS devices across the cloud, on mobile devices and through in-house tools like Cisco WebEx, reports said.

Looking ahead, the firms said that they will be collaborating to develop an enterprise tool on iPhone that integrates with Cisco voice and video services in an effort to bridge employees’ cellphones and work desktop phones.

“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,” said Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers.

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