Three years ago, Apple and IBM formed a partnership to create more enterprise apps for iOS. IBM has now announced that it will be taking this initiative forward and will launch new physical spaces known as Garages which will help corporate consumers in the development and creation of the iPad and iPhone apps. Last year, IBM opened a MobileFirst for iOS Garage in Bengaluru.
With the expansion of Garages to other parts of the world such as Shanghai and Bucharest, several international businesses will be able to gain access to tools offered by both tech giants. Currently, IBM has opened specific studios for app design and development along with Garages in Atlanta, Cupertino, Toronto, Chicago in addition to the one in Bengaluru.
Big Blue also intends to embed IBM Watson’s cognitive abilities into its enterprise software so that new iOS apps released using the technology will be able to learn and adapt. The company has said that MobileFirst has over 3,800 clients and the revenue generated is in the billions.
According to Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President of IBM Industry Platforms,
Today, companies are now reigning in mobile faster than ever, creating a critical need for powerful innovations that will reinvent how they do business. We’re combining the power of mobile with cognitive and analytics to continue to push the market forward.
The partnership between the two tech giants has resulted in over 100 apps being developed for different industries including retail, education, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications, and insurance. The last statement on the matter by Kralingen mentions,
IBM is introducing new Garages dedicated to the quick design, integration and deployment of MobileFirst for iOS apps, adding to its growing network of global studios and labs where clients work with more than 10,000 experts in mobile and cognitive.