Apple is furthering its strategy of partnering with some of the largest players in the enterprise space with a new pact with channel powerhouse Accenture, aimed at bolstering the development of business solutions that are available via Apple iOS mobile devices.
Dublin, Ireland-based Accenture, No. 2 on the 2017 CRN Solution Provider 500, plans to launch a practice focused on iOS that will develop tools and services for enterprises to "transform how they engage with customers" on iPhone and iPad devices, Apple said in a news release.
The iOS practice will fall within Accenture Digital Studios and will be based out of "select locations around the world," the release said. An Accenture spokesman said the company can't provide additional specifics.
Apple said that members of its own staff — including designers, programmers and data scientists — will be co-located with the Accenture iOS teams.
"Based on our experience in developing mobile apps, we believe that iOS is the superior mobile platform for businesses and are excited to be partnering with Apple," Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme said in the Apple release. "By combining Accenture’s vast digital capabilities and industry expertise with Apple's market leadership in creating products that delight customers, we are in a perfect position to help our clients transform the way they work."
The news comes just ahead of the expected launch of next-gen iPhones in September. And it follows other Apple partnerships with top enterprise solutions players, including Deloitte, which also spawned a dedicated Apple practice after debuting in fall 2016. Other top enterprise partnerships for Apple include Cisco, IBM and SAP.
"We believe that businesses have only just begun to scratch the surface of what they can do with our products," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the release.
The partnership also comes after Accenture's move in June to boost its mobile solutions capabilities with the acquisition of mobile design and development firm Intrepid.