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Bushel makes it easy for any business to establish and operate a network of mobile devices.
Bushel makes it easy for any business to establish and operate a network of Apple mobile devices.
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VMWare AirWatch BYOD
Employees prefer their own iPhones. AirWatch could be your BYOD solution.
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Everybody wants to bring their own device to work. AirWatch takes the hassle out of BYOD.
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AirWatch is an ideal way to get operations of any size connected and synchronized around a mobile workflow.
AirWatch is an ideal way to get operations of any size connected and synchronized around a mobile workflow.
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Bushel is a cloud-based solution for managing all the devices used for doing business
Bushel is a cloud-based solution for managing all the devices used for doing business
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Why Apple’s IBM partnership was the biggest tech news of 2014

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A lot has changed since Steve Jobs flipped off IBM 30 years ago.
A lot has changed since Steve Jobs flipped off IBM 30 years ago. Photo: Andy Hertzfeld
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2014 will go down as one of the biggest years in Apple history. The stock hit record highs. The company’s first wearable was revealed. And Apple dropped $3 billion on its biggest acquisition ever. But of all the huge news Apple dropped in the last 12 months, nothing is likely to have as big an impact as the previously unthinkable announcement that Apple and IBM buried the hatchet and partnered up.

The move was significant not only for the historic aspect of the two rival tech titans uniting, but also for how it will impact all of us in the workplace. In his final note of the year, top Apple analyst Horace Dediu dubbed the IBM partnership “the most significant technology news of 2014.”

That may sound ridiculous considering how much hype Apple Watch is getting ahead of its release, but Dediu points to the first wave of apps created by the partnership. These offer an early indication of just how transformative the relationship could be. For the first time, enterprise apps are being designed for their users (the employees) rather than their employers.

Just take a look at the difference between IBM’s new Expert Tech app compared to the closest equivalent from Oracle, and see which one you’d rather work with: