Apple appears to be getting serious about the US enterprise market after recruiting Unisys to help provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies.
Unisys managing partner Gene Zapfel spilled the beans on the deal between the companies, signed earlier this month, in an interview with Bloomberg.
Zapfel's comments came on the eve of Unisys' third quarter results today (26 October) which revealed a 13% fall in revenues to $961m and a 54% decline in net income to $28.3m as a result of lower technology sales.
Chairman and CEO Ed Coleman's statement focused on the positive, citing "further progress on many fronts in the quarter as we continue to reshape the Unisys business model" including a services operating margin of 8% which he described as "an important milestone" (although this came on the back of a 10% fall in services revenue).
Declining sales of the company's ClearPath servers were blamed for the fall in net income.
Any move by Apple into the enterprise space could be on the back of penetration into the market of its iPhone and iPad devices. The company claims the iPhone is being deployed or tested by 80% of Fortune 500 companies and the iPad is being tested or used by 65% of Fortune 100 businesses.
Zapfel told Bloomberg that Unisys would help Apple to "crack the nut" of enterprise organisations that are "heavily PC-based".