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Cisco and Apple Team for Improving Collaboration on Mobile Devices & Sales Partnership

September 1, 2015 | Howard Lichtman

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Story By Bloomberg's Peter Burrows

Apple Inc. is teaming up with Cisco Systems Inc. to make its mobile devices work better with corporate networks using Cisco's equipment, part of a push by Apple to expand sales to business customers. The partnership, announced on Monday by Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers and Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook at Cisco's annual sales meeting in Las Vegas, will make it easier to use iPhones and iPads together with Cisco's products, including videoconferencing systems and the WebEx online meeting service.

Last year, Apple and International Business Machines Corp. set aside a three-decade-old rivalry to create business software for iPhone and iPad users, seeking to cater to an increasingly mobile workforce. While Apple is pursuing a bigger slice of the market for corporate users of smartphones and tablets, IBM and Cisco are looking for opportunities in the mobile-computing boom. "This is a major strategic partnership, something that neither company has done before," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group. "We have a shared vision of a completely seamless experience."

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