Apple is serious about getting its products into the enterprise market — and to prove it, it’s calling in the services of longtime Hewlett-Packard executive John Solomon to take charge.
Solomon’s precise job title and role at Apple are unclear, but according to the well-connected Re/code, he will be helping Apple “boost sales to big companies and government agencies with large technology budgets.”
Apple has continued its push toward enterprise adoption under Tim Cook’s leadership. Historically, Apple hasn’t had its own dedicated sales force for corporate customers, although this changed last year when Apple began building a sales team to court corporate clients.
Proof of Apple’s newfound dedication to business was its historic partnership with IBM, with IBM agreeing to resell Apple devices to its base of corporate customers and also to adapt its line of business apps for iOS.
Separate sources suggest that John Solomon may be involved with selling the Apple Watch in the Asia-Pacific region, although this would seem an entirely separate job remit and may not be correct.