Apple on Tuesday announced a major partnership with global management consulting and professional services company Accenture to help accelerate the development of modern iPhone and iPad apps for big business.

The companies will launch a new set of tools and services that help enterprise clients transform how they engage with customers using iPhone and iPad.

Accenture will create a dedicated iOS practice within Accenture Digital Studios in select locations around the world, with Apple’s experts co-located with Accenture’s team.

These experts will include visual and experience designers, programmers, data architects and scientists, as well as hardware and software designers, the iPhone maker has said.

Key highlights include:

  • New ecosystem services to help clients address the full range of iOS integration requirements to connect to back-end systems, leveraging Accenture’s systems integration expertise and the unique iOS advantages built by Apple with key partners like SAP and Cisco.
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) services featuring new tools, templates and predesigned code to help clients take greater advantage of the data from IoT platforms in their iOS apps, putting more power into the hands of workers.
  • Migration services to help clients to quickly and easily transfer their existing legacy applications and data to modern iOS apps.

Tim Cook commented on the deal:

Starting ten 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.

Both Apple and Accenture are leaders in building incredible user experiences and together we can continue to truly modernize how businesses work through amazing solutions that take advantage of the incredible capabilities of Apple’s technologies.

Accenture CEO and Chairman, Pierre Nanterme, said that based on their experience in developing mobile apps, they believe that iOS is “the superior mobile platform for businesses”.

For more information, visitaccenture.com/apple or apple.com/business/partners.