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Apple and Accenture teaming up to help enterprises build advanced mobility tools

Apple and Accenture teaming up to help enterprises build advanced mobility tools
From TechCrunch - August 29, 2017

There is a general misconception that Apple is strictly about consumer tools, but the fact is that the company has a big presence in the enterprise just by the sheer number of iPhones and iPads in the business world. It also has some high-profile partnerships with hefty enterprise vendors like IBM, SAP and Cisco. Today, Apple announced that it is building on those relationships with a brand new partnership with Accenture, the global consulting firm.

The companies plan to work together to help customers build advanced digital projects on iOS devices. Apple of course brings its iOS expertise to the table. Accenture comes into play because it understands how to connect to legacy backend systems that are lurking inside every large enterprise organization. The company has also long worked with established companies that are trying to become digital operations. Both of these are targets for the new project.

Ten years after the iPhone debuted, there are more in-house iOS programmers and more mobile development projects than ever before, but companies have struggled to take advantage of iOS to build digital tools to truly transform organizations and how they operate, according to Susan Prescott, VP for apps, markets and services at Apple.

Weve seen an increase in development efforts within companies. In fact, in the last three years, the number of in-house iOS developers has doubled, she said. So the demand is definitely there, but enterprises still need great partners to reinvent workflows and tap into backend systems.

She adds, This partnership with Accenture is about taking that further. Whats really exciting is that this isnt just about optimizing existing apps and business processesits about designing new apps and experiences using new technologies.

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