IBM has unveiled a series of tools designed to ease the process of adding large numbers of MacBooks to enterprise networks and ensuring that they integrate smoothly with systems and applications.
IBM said it has based the offering on its own deployment of Macs, termed [email protected], which provided insight into the challenges of adding Macs to an enterprise environment, and how to solve them.
This offering comes from the IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services division, and will use Apple management software from JAMF Software as well as IBM’s support and services.
JAMF chief executive Dean Hager said the tie-up is proof of how popular Apple devices have become in the business world.
“Today’s announcement is a powerful testament to the growing demand for Apple technology in the enterprise and to the strong relationship between IBM and JAMF to help organisations deploy and secure their Apple devices,” he added.
“This is a great opportunity for us to work with IBM in helping businesses and other large organisations succeed with Apple.”
The integration services for Mac are offered via the cloud or as on-premise services from a firm's data centre.
Richard Patterson, general manager of infrastructure services at IBM Global Technology Services, said that supporting Mac rollouts is key now that Apple tools are used in so many enterprises.
“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,” he said.
“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 move is part of the ongoing business tie-up between Apple and IBM and as more businesses start to embrace Apple’s MacBook devices alongside their traditional PC estate.
IBM itself has started using Macs. A leaked video, via MacRumors, shows IBM chief information officer Jeff Smith appearing to suggest that the company could end up deploying 150,000 to 200,000 Apple machines.
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