IBM and Apple have released the second wave of enterprise apps designed for iOS devices which the two computing giants have developed in partnership for the IBM MobileFirst portfolio.
The partnership between the two former rivals is meant to bring together IBM's enterprise and cloud-based computing expertise with Apple's design and hardware skills. The eight new applications brings the total released to 22, and introduces apps for two new industries: healthcare and industrial products.
In the healthcare suite, Hospital RN is an iPhone app that enables nurses to view patient records from anywhere with the hospital through the use of iBeacons to verify identity, while Hospital Tech, also for iPhone, keeps nurse technicians more closely in the loop with care teams to improve the speed and safety of patient tasks.
Hospital Lead, designed for the iPad, is intended as a general use app for lead nurses, enabling them to access information, easily designate tasks and otherwise improve the efficiency of their administrative work.
For the industrial products industry, Rapid Handover is an iPad app that offers crucial information for users such as production goals, crew schedules and equipment maintenance, as well as enabling users to quickly record safety hazards and damaged equipment.
Among the other apps released are Ancillary Sale for iPhone, aimed at enabling flight attendants to sell seat upgrades, food, drinks and duty-free merchandise using Apple Pay, and Order Commit, an iPad app for merchants giving them access to key metrics on financial targets and sell-through.