Apple joins forces with Cisco to drive apps in enterprise

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Apple joins forces with Cisco to drive apps in enterprise

Apple has joined forces with networking giant Cisco for a business push by integrating their products and optimising apps with Cisco networks to "maximise the potential of iOS".

The pair say they are creating "a fast lane for iOS business users by optimising Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps".

New Cisco chief executive Chuck Robbins said the partnership would focus on three key areas: performance between Cisco networks and iOS devices; extending the Cisco Unified Communications experience to the iPhone; and iOS experiences on Cisco Spark, TelePresence and WebEx.

"Together, we will enable mobile apps and experiences that deliver the quality and experience we need while meeting enterprise requirements for management and security," said Robbins.

They will work together to make the iPhone "an even better business collaboration tool in Cisco voice and video environments" – bridging the gap between smartphone and desk phone.

The size of the opportunity is huge. Some 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Cisco collaboration and Cisco networks, according to a statement.

The announcement shows Apple is serious about growth in the enterprise world, and follows the alliance that Apple struck with IBM in July 2014 to build enterprise-centric mobile apps.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: "Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximise the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love."

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