Cisco and Apple team up to bring iOS into workplaces
Apple and Cisco have announced a partnership that could bring iOS into more and more workplaces.
According to Forbes, the two tech giants will work on integrating iOS with Cisco's enterprise networks and business collaboration products, such as voice and video conferencing equipment. The results could make Apple products work better in corporate environments.
Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights and Strategy said: "Apple is partnering in the enterprise on technologies and experiences that aren't their core competency. Long-term, I think Apple is trying to completely rethink enterprise work and workflow."
Details of the products to be developed under the partnership have not yet emerged, but it is likely that Cisco's Spark and WebEx products could be included.
The Apple-Cisco agreement comes at a time when companies are trying to improve worker productivity using smartphones and tablets. Such devices are often owned by employees themselves, rather than being corporate purchases.
Cisco is a major supplier of desk phones, which are increasingly superseded by mobile devices as workers store address books on their iPhones. If Cisco and Apple can create an iPhone that emulates a desk phone, the latter could be done away with altogether.
The partnership will create a "fast lane" for iOS devices in the corporate environment, prioritizing wireless and web connections so businesses are guaranteed sufficient bandwidth even if employees are also streaming or downloading non-work content.
Tim Cook, Apple chief executive said: "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."