Why the Apple/IBM deal could be big for ERP



The hive is buzzing. This week Apple and IBM announced a deal that, while the details are undisclosed, will certainly involve the two giants collaborating “to build enterprise apps designed exclusively for iPhones and iPads..” All commentary about design and how Steve wouldn’t have ever allowed it ASIDE, it’s a huge deal. It creates a stage for two long-time enemies to actually work together, but also enables Mac-centric businesses to finally have a seat at a table that has been long set by the PC marketplace.

AcctVantage users are predominantly growing, small-sized businesses that are run on Mac platforms but go the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) route to handle their heavy inventory, production and sales needs. That’s why the announcement got our attention. Apple and IBM specifically mentioned the retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation, telecom, and insurance industries as areas they want to target with apps as soon as this fall.

Here’s IBM’s Chief:

Mobility—combined with the phenomena of data and cloud—is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said. “This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM’s leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services.”

We’re hopeful, and we’ll keep you posted.

PS – if you missed it, we’ve launched a whole new AcctVantage (called DRIVE) and announced some exciting new integrations on our blog.

Photo credit: IBM

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