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  • Is it an odd couple or a match made in heaven? We're talking about the recent Apple and IBM announcement that the two companies have formed a global partnership to sell software, hardware and services to enterprise customers. IBM will migrate more than 150 of its business and big data apps to Apple's iOS platform and will sell iPhones and iPads to its global business customers. As part of the media hoopla, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty told CNBC that the two companies were like "puzzle pieces" that fit perfectly together. Such mutual admiration distances the tech giants from the "fightin' words" of the past, when Apple's celebrated "1984" ad took swipes at IBM. "Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money," said the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, in 1983 when he previewed the ad. "Dealers … fear an IBM dominated and controlled future. They are increasingly turning back to Apple as the only force that can ensure their future freedom." Well, it's time to forgive and forget, right? With these two powerhouses teaming up, we've compiled the following intriguing facts about Rometty and Cook, along with selected quotes from the two CEOs. They were compiled from a number of online news accounts and resources.

  • Both employees and senior managers feel strongly that IT departments must help them increase existing mobile technology capabilities, according to a recent survey from Aruba Networks. Providing support and resources for an all-wireless workplace remains at the top of the must-have list for organizations, as today's professionals frequently work somewhere other than the corporate office. Much of the survey focuses on the needs of what Aruba calls "GenMobile": employees in their mid-20s to mid-30s who seek a more agile, creative and connected working environment. Executives and GenMobile employees "prefer an increasingly mobile style of working, and IT organizations are feeling the pressure to adapt existing technology investments to meet their requirements," says Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Aruba Networks. "The workplace of the future will not only need to be right-sized to align with IT budgets, but it will also require a mobility-centric and secure wireless infrastructure—a move toward employee self-service." An estimated 1,000 global IT professionals took part in the research.

  • A network access control solution enables Broward College to manage the thousands of students and staff who access the network from their mobile devices.

  • Thanks to an insatiable worldwide demand for connectivity, Internet traffic will soar to staggering levels over the next several years, according to recent research from Cisco. The resulting report, "Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Forecast and Service Adoption for 2013 to 2018," presents a wide range of predictions that cover the growth of overall IP traffic, mobile data and streaming video, among other drivers. All of this bodes well for virtually all technology professionals—particularly those who specialize in hot niches, such as mobility, network systems operations, data analytics (especially unstructured), and content generation and support. "We are … witnessing incredible innovations and shifts in the industry," says Doug Webster, vice president of products and solutions marketing for Cisco. "The reality of the Internet of everything, the increasing demand for network mobility and the emergence of 4K video are [driving] significant opportunities for service providers today and in the immediate future." The forecast was compiled from independent analyst forecasts and real-world mobile data usage studies, along with Cisco's own estimates.

  • IT organizations can prove their value by leading their company to a comprehensive and budget-benefiting mobile strategy. For guidance, consider the following 10 step-by-step best mobility practices from FeedHenry, which provides cloud-based mobile enterprise application solutions. They were adapted from the eBook "10 Steps to Shape Your Enterprise Mobility Strategy," which encourages technology professionals to think like business partners as they pursue mobile initiatives. Such leadership is clearly needed, as more than one-third of all companies lack a mobile strategy, according to Yankee Group research. By combining resourceful planning with a commitment to continuous improvement, IT teams will help their companies boost profits by increasing the agile deployment of mobile tools. According to the eBook, "As with any investment, expenditure on mobile initiatives [requires teams to] define what success looks like. That means being able to measure the return on mobility generated by being able to deliver the right information to the right people on any device at any time, supporting smarter working practices and timelier interactions." Here are 10 steps to help you build a successful enterprise mobility strategy.