Accenture and Apple have announced plans to work together on developing dedicated iOS-based tools and services for enterprise customers.

The two companies said they would focus on integrating iOS into businesses’ existing back-end systems, on developing new tools to use and analyse IoT data within iOS apps, and on migrating legacy apps and data into the latest iOS apps.

According to a statement, they want to “help enterprise clients transform how they engage with customers using iPhone and iPad”. Apple is due to unveil its latest iPhone next month.

As part of the tie-up, an unspecified number of Apple staff will co-locate to a new, dedicated iOS practice within Accenture Digital Studios “in select locations around the world”.

The staff moving over from the Cupertino-based company will include visual and experience designers, programmers, data architects and scientists, and hardware and software designers.

Accenture joins Cisco, Deloitte, IBM and SAP as partners to Apple’s attempt to make iOS the default mobility platform for enterprises.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Starting 10 years ago with iPhone, and then with iPad, Apple has been transforming how work gets done, yet we believe that businesses have only just begun to scratch the surface of what they can do with our products.”

Pierre Nanterme, Accenture Chairman and CEO, added: “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.”

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