IBM partnership with Apple to cross-sell devices and services to enterprise customers drove deals worth USD 1 billion for it during the year 2015.
IBM is investing significantly to double the number of iOS developers at Apple-IBM centers from 500 to 1000 by the end of 2016. The company has also announced the opening of a one-of-its-kind center in India, to house the largest number of Swift developers under one roof.
In a bid to accelerate digital transformation in India, IBM in partnership with Apple launched a global development hub called Garage for iOS apps in Bengaluru that will work with existing design locations in Atlanta, Chicago, and Cupertino in the US, and Toronto in Canada.
The Garage will enable clients to complete digital mobility projects as quickly as possible. There are 22 inter-disciplinary teams working at Garage in Bengaluru, using end-to-end DevOps, IBM Design Thinking, and agile delivery approaches to deliver iOS solutions in weeks not months.
IBM has also announced Mobile at Scale for iOS, a new offering specifically for clients looking to invest in digital transformation projects that include more than three iOS apps over a multi-year period.
Clients opting for this model will have full access to IBM's portfolio of MobileFirst for iOS apps to jump start their digital transformation, iOS App Accelerators for rapid app development and customization, and enterprise design services that align the app experience to the needs of the user.