Apple is going after iOS in the enterprise through a new collaboration with business services firm Accenture. The companies announced Tuesday (Aug. 29) they are working together to promote the use of iOS solutions within companies and developing new enterprise solutions for iPhone and iPad.
The companies jointly said they will pay particular attention to building tools that help businesses more efficiently and effectively engage with customers, as well as on unlocking new revenue streams and cutting costs.
The Apple-Accenture collaboration sees Accenture establishing an iOS practice within its Accenture Digital Studios. Experts from both companies will work together to develop and launch new B2B solutions using iOS. Designers, programmers, scientists, software designers and other experts will also participate in the initiative.
“Starting 10 years ago with iPhone, and then with iPad, Apple has been transforming how work gets done, yet we believe that businesses have only just begun to scratch the surface of what they can do with our products,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement. “Both Apple and Accenture are leaders in building incredible user experiences, and together we can continue to truly modernize how businesses work through amazing solutions that take advantage of the incredible capabilities of Apple's technologies.”
Combining Apple's iOS and other technologies with Accenture's digital and analytics capabilities, Apple and Accenture will focus on Internet of Things (IOT)-enabled solutions, helping companies update legacy systems and upgrading back office systems using technologies from Apple partners like SAP and Cisco.
“Based on our experience in developing mobile apps, we believe that iOS is the superior mobile platform for businesses and are excited to be partnering with Apple,” said Accenture chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme in a news release. “By combining Accenture's vast digital capabilities and industry expertise with Apple's market leadership in creating products that delight customers, we are in a perfect position to help our clients transform the way they work.”