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  • IBM Launches New Services to Help Enterprise Customers Incorporate Macs at Work


    IBM recently announced a new program that is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their existing IT infrastructures. This makes it easier than ever for corporations to make the swap to Apple’s OS X platform. The recently announced program takes advantage of cloud-based IT services that IBM claims will help clients to quickly, easily and securely integrate Macs within their enterprise systems and applications. In a recent press released that announced the program, IBM noted that shipments of Macs appear to have outpaced the overall PC market every year for the last decade.

    Furthermore, IBM’s MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services will utilize Big Blue’s own experiences from its internal Mac@IBM program. The ongoing partnership that IBM has with Apple encourages them to push enterprise adoption and gives the company the effort to commercialize their own efforts.

    IBM’s clients will now be able to order Macs and have them delivered directly to their employees without any additional setup, configuration or imaging. IBM claims that this will save the companies time, reduce costs and create a better employee experience. The services provided include the entire suite of Mac models including: the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro. It should be noted that the services also include the Casper Suite from JAMF Software and IBM’s enterprise integration and support services.

    Richard Patterson, the general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services, said the following regarding the matter:

    Ease of adoption and use are at the foundation of every Apple product, and as these devices are used more in the workplace, people expect the same experience they enjoy with Apple technology in their personal lives. IBM's new enterprise services ensure a great user experience for clients using Macs, providing world-class support from installation through the life of the product.
    The new Mac product offerings join the rest of IBM’s established MobileFirst services portfolio which already includes support for the iPhone and the iPad. IBM will now provide clients with OS and image management, software application and update management, an enterprise app catalog, automatic compliance and configuration updates for security and inventory and reporting for hardware and software. To make the whole thing more user-friendly the two are putting together several self-help resources that are also going to be made available to users as well.

    This is excellent news for Apple who has been trying to make strides in the enterprise industry and looks like it is finally coming out ahead one step at a time, mainly due to this strong partnership with IBM.

    Source: IBM (Press Release)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: IBM Launches New Services to Help Enterprise Customers Incorporate Macs at Work started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Be interesting to see how many of these Macs are running OSX as opposed to Windows.