Apple, Unisys: Enterprise Services Deal?

Apple has reportedly struck a deal with Unisys to help
expand its corporate and government footprint. Under the terms of the
agreement, Unisys will provide maintenance and support for Apple products in
use by those enterprises.

"Most of those organizations are still pretty heavily
PC-based," Gene Zapfel, a managing partner at Unisys, told
Bloomberg in an interview published Oct. 25
. "Apple is going to crack the
nut and clients are going to start buying a lot more."

Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, but Bloomberg
indicated that Unisys will begin building more Apple apps for use by government
agencies. Toughening the iPhone’s security was another concern. "We’ve put a
lot of heavyweight engineering into securing the device, which, frankly, no one
else has figured out yet," Zapfel reportedly told the news service.

Unisys has a long history of providing IT services, hardware
and software to government agencies and corporations. While mainframes and massive cloud-computing projects
represent a substantial part of the enterprise IT equation, the growing use of
consumer devices within businesses has become another point of concern for IT
administrators. During a town hall discussion at last weekÂ’s Gartner
Symposium/ITxpo 2010 in Orlando, a number of CIOs and other tech pros took the
microphone to describe how iPads, Android smartphones and similar devices had
flooded their organizations in recent months–sparking security and
compatibility concerns.

A June report prepared by research firm IDC for Unisyssuggests that around 50 percent of workplace
devices are used in both personal and business contexts. In addition, a "disconnect"
exists between employers and employees "regarding device/app usage and
permissible activities."

For more, read the eWeek article Apple, Unisys Agree to Enterprise Services Deal: Report.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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