Apple and Cisco are teaming up to help bring more iPhones and iPads to business users. The partnership is aimed at helping Apple’s products communicate more effectively on corporate networks where Cisco's equipment is used. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said the following:
“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. 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.”
Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers also weighed in, saying the following:
“Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive. 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. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness.”
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Cisco Chairman John Chambers said their companies spent 10 months working on collaboration.
Cisco will provide services specially optimized for iOS devices across mobile, cloud, and on premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx. With this move, Apple is expanding its reach in the enterprise market at a time when iPad sales are shrinking.