New IBM Garages mean more iOS apps for enterprise

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IBM is helping Apple push iOS devices into enterprise.
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IBM is expanding its efforts to be the go-to company for mobile enterprise software by opening up new Garages that will serve as hubs for the quick design and deployment of MobileFirst apps.

Apple and IBM created the MobileFirst partnership three years ago as a way to push iPhone and iPads into the enterprise markets by coupling them with software built by IBM. With the expansion of new Garages, more international business will have access to the companies’ business tools.

IBM already has design and development studios and Garages in Atlanta, Cupertino, Toronto, Chicago and Bangalore. The company plans to open two new global hubs in Shanghai and Bucharest and expand the Bangalore office which was the first MobileFirst for iOS Garage.

Some stats about the three year program were also revealed by IBM. Total revenue wasn’t given but IBM says MobileFirst has generated “several billion dollars in signings.” The program currently has over 3,800 client. City Furniture, Lufthansa Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Singapore Airlines are listed among the incoming clientele.

To make its mobile apps even more powerful, IBM also revealed that it’s embedding IBM Watson’s cognitive capabilities into enterprise software, so apps can learn and adapt.