70 Japanese businesses joining forces to create 'iOS Consortium'

By on June 19, 2012, 1:30 PM

A large group of Japanese companies are reportedly set to join forces on June 21 to create what is being described as an "iOS Consortium." Hitachi and NEC are among the 70 companies that share a single goal of speeding up iOS adoption within enterprise environments.

The consortium will look to jointly develop software, train engineers and make enterprise applications easier to understand and use. The Verge points out that Hitachi believes iOS products can reach far beyond their traditional roles and become valuable tools at banks and retail stores, for example.

By working as part of a consortium, each member company will be required to do far less work than they would on their own by dividing the workload. This will reduce overall costs across the board and cut down on the amount of time a client would need to wait before they can install newly developed software within their product lines.

Nikkei highlights the fact that Apple has been trying to attract support in Japan but their enterprise support is pretty weak. The group will reportedly ask Apple for help with the project, seeking out information and technology that would be necessary to create new business apps. From an outsider's standpoint, it seems that Apple would benefit greatly from cooperating with the consortium.

Surprisingly enough, Japanese businesses haven’t traditionally been quick to adopt new technologies. The Verge highlights their continued reliance on the fax machine as just one example of this. If the consortium is successful, however, perhaps it can speed along the adoption of mobile devices in the workplace to replace some other technology that’s well past its prime.

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psycros psycros said:

The real question here is...why? Why would Japanese outfits be hellbent on helping an American company gain dominance in their enterprise sector? Why wouldn't they want to push development on Android, which Sony and most JP companies have standardized on?

Guest said:

Because Surface just blew everything out of the water, tablets, ipad, etc. as it will have native integration to AD, has TPM chips, and more. If I can get it with Ivy i5's and Win 8 pro....I can get Win 7 Enterprise on there instead.

I am not a fainboi of Surface, just explaining the details concerning its use in the enterprise. The manufacturers have either hardware or software investments they want to support.

Guest said:

I think you are being a little too optimistic about the surface. I am guessing it won't do anywhere near what anyone expects it to. It won't be a flop, but in MS's books it will be.

Guest said:

Surface with i5 will cost as much as an ultrabook, which is aprrox. $1000 or twice the price of the entry level iPad. Bear in mind no 3g connectivity has been discussed during MS's presentation, so we still don't know if surface will be 3g-capable and judging from the fact that they have Nvidia as ARM chipmaker, it's clear no LTE will be available on the ARM version. So yes, there are a lot of unknowns surrounding surface and I don't want to be quick to judge here, but MS will have to really do their best if they want to make a dent in the market.

As for the outdated technology, Apple also uses fax - we had to fax them our developer documentation, and that is the most valuable company in the world :p

mosu said:

...and the sinking of Japan has begun.

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