On Aug. 31, 2015, Tim Cook and John Chambers, the respective CEOs of Apple and Cisco, announced a partnership that creates a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps.
“iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Cook. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”
Before the digital ink was dry, questions about the partnership’s ramifications were being asked in IT departments around the world. What does the partnership mean to customers? What implications does it have on the broader market? How will other ecosystem partners be affected?
Here is what we know for sure: By leveraging the widespread adoption of iOS and Cisco products in the enterprise world, Apple and Cisco plan to expand mobile use cases. Early reports reveal three major ways Apple and Cisco intend to surprise and delight their customers: networking, enterprise voice, and team collaboration.
“The internet companies are awash with data that can be grouped and utilized,” stated Petter Bae Brandtzaeg in his 2013 article “Big Data, for better or worse: 90% of world’s data generated over last two years.”
As data collection continues its exponential growth, mobile workers will need faster ways to transmit data from mobile devices to corporate networks. Creating a fast lane for iOS devices on the Cisco network may have major implications for competing operating systems. As Apple and Cisco tune their products to work better together out of the box, will Android and Windows be able to compete?
Have you ever started a business call on your wireless phone only to have to hang up and dial in again from your desk? Apple and Cisco want to provide workers with the desk phone experience on their iPhone through more seamless and secure connections.
New controls will enable IT to set up policies and configurations that allow for tighter, more secure integration with a company’s Private Branch Exchange (PBX) system. Banking, retail, healthcare and government workers can all sigh in relief, as these new measures will comply with the requirements of their heavily regulated industries.
In an era of email overload, Apple and Cisco plan to improve intra-office collaboration using conference and video calls. Mobile, cloud, and on-premises collaboration tools like Cisco Spark, Cisco TelePresence, and Cisco WebEx conferencing will be combined with unique iOS features that will transform how they work. The goal of these enhancements is to provide workers with a scalable, flexible, and secure environment in which to collaborate.
Great, but what now?
We’re still waiting to learn the nitty-gritty details about these programs, and the specifics on what Apple and Cisco will be releasing. The good news is these solutions will be delivered through software updates to technology you can purchase today. Reach out to your SHI Account Executive today for more info on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Cisco Collaboration Tools, Cloud Services, routers, and access points.