A Ford spokesperson spoke today on the next big internal transition for the company: one of phone switching. Ford’s Sara Tatchio suggested that by the end of this year, 3,300 Ford workers will no longer carry BlackBerry smartphones. Instead, they’ll be switching to Apple’s iPhone.
Apple and IBM have teamed up to “transform enterprise mobility” via apps. The two companies will combine their efforts, and bring a new class of enterprise-focussed apps designed to “redefine the way work will get done”.
This week BlackBerry is suggesting that they "must fight back" against their competitors using an offense constructed entirely of facts. No, they’re not attempting to recreate the "Bears, Beats, Battlestar Galactica" battle between Dwight and Jim on The Office - they’re creating a "Fact Check" portal in which they attempt to cut down web-based articles and comments "trying to incite fear, uncertainty and doubt about BlackBerry."
Samsung may be seen as the black sheep of the Android OEM family, but this latest partnership shows it is still in Google's graces. The two will be working together to bring Samsung's KNOX security framework to all of Android land by the time the next "Android L" version hits devices.
Google continues to edge out Microsoft it what could be the latter's remaining bastion. With a batch of announcements about Google Drive, the search giant is offering more reasons for users to switch to its cloud and to ditch the once-popular Office suite, whether for personal use or for the enterprise.
It would seem that Google is taking their office fight to their biggest competitor right where it hurts - in several of the biggest enterprise sectors. Google let it be known this week that with Google Drive for Work, they’ve brought on encryption in transit and on-server, audit and activity APIs, and enhanced admin controls, all a part of their plan to continue pulling enterprise customers away from Microsoft’s Office suite.
The company formerly known as Enterproid - now as Divide - has been acquired by Google. Google Ventures previously invested in Divide, making this one in a line of companies that had investment cash from Google Ventures only to then be acquired by Google in its entirety. One does not always precede the other, but this situation is too plain to not explore.
Google has revealed Chromebox for Meetings, it's attempt to further push Chrome OS into the enterprise by offering a simpler way for multiple people to collaborate. Offered as a $999 kit including a Core i7 Chromebox - such as the ASUS Chromebox announced this month, though models from Dell and HP are also in the works - a noise-canceling microphone, 1080p autofocus HD camera, and double-sided remote with a QWERTY keyboard, Chromebox for Meetings plugs into an existing display or projector and can, Google claims, be up and running in minutes. We caught up with Google to find out more.
Lenovo has inked a deal to buy IBM's x86 server business, taking Big Blue's Intel-based hardware division off its hands for $2.3bn. The two companies will also kick off a strategic relationship that will see Lenovo act as a reseller for certain IBM products, including enterprise storage systems and various software packages; IBM will still keep its fingers in the server pie, however, developing Windows and Linux software for x86 models.