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IBM, Apple Unleash New Enterprise Apps

Since Apple and IBM first struck up a partnership last December, the two have released a second group of mobile apps aimed at enterprises. The companies revealed several new mobile applications for the health care industry as part of a broader goal to boost iPhone and iPad use in the workplace.

Reports say the companies rolled out eight new apps, including the Hospital RN, Hospital Lead, Hospital Tech and Home RN apps, a slew of services that aim to lower costs and coordinate across health care workers. Together, the apps provide greater visibility into ongoing tasks and offer new technologies for employees. Hospital RN, reports said, allows nurses to utilize iBeacon technology to obtain necessary data about a patient when a device is located near that patient’s home. Together, these apps are part of the business-targeted services known as MobileFirst.

Apple’s partnership utilizes IBM’s Big Data analytics services and together they hope to release 100 enterprise apps under the offering. Other apps that have been released under MobileFirst include Rapid Handover for shift worker management and Order Commit, allowing merchants to organize supplier orders.

Today, Apple and IBM have released 22 apps for businesses and hope to reach 100 releases by the end of this year, reports said. At present, the services target the health care, financial, energy, government, retail and travel markets, among other. According to an IBM spokesperson, the companies are already in the process of preparing for the next rollout of enterprise apps.

Already the companies have nabbed several high-profile business clients, including Sprint, Air Canada, Citi and Boots.

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