Apple and HP Discussed 'Enterprise Siri' Search Product Ahead of Apple's IBM Deal

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Before announcing an enterprise partnership with IBM, Apple reportedly had discussions with Hewlett-Packard over a mobile search product nicknamed "Enterprise Siri." Detailed in a report from The Information (via BusinessInsider), "Enterprise Siri" is an HP product designed to allow employees to ask their devices for company-specific information like financial data or product inventory numbers.

    According to The Information's report, though Apple held discussions with HP, the latter company has also been in talks with Google's Android unit for the past year over a potential partnership for the "Enterprise Siri" technology, which could lead to something like an enterprise version of Google Now for corporate data.
    Now that Apple has inked a deal with IBM to further its hold on the enterprise market, a deal with HP for a powerful enterprise search product could allow Google to gain ground as well.

    While more than 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies already use Apple devices in their businesses, Apple's recent partnership with IBM has the potential to skyrocket Apple's enterprise sales. As part of the deal, IBM will develop more than 100 industry-specific native apps that are built from the ground up for the iPhone and the iPad to draw new customers in industries like retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation, and more.

    IBM will also offer Apple's iOS devices to its corporate customers and has plans to provide cloud storage, analytics services, and 24/7 assistance to enterprise customers under a new AppleCare plan. IBM's first apps will roll out this fall, with additional apps coming in 2015.

    Article Link: Apple and HP Discussed 'Enterprise Siri' Search Product Ahead of Apple's IBM Deal
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    With HP? On Android devices?
    What's the point of this anyway can't you just search the information you need, it'll probably be quicker than getting Siri to do it right anyway.
  3. tod
    macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
  4. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Too bad Apple killed the Xserve. They could have created an "Enterprise Siri" Appliance.

    Similar to a "Google Search Appliance"
  5. macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    LOL, looks like HP have been keeping Google on the side should their deal with Apple blow. "These HP's ain't loyal" :D
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Or combine them to form Sir Watson!
  7. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2006
    Enterprise Siri must not have worked for Apple. Maybe HP wanted too much, or had restrictive licensing terms. Now Google may be the best offer for HP's technology.
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Microsoft OEM's in bed with Google and Android. I'd say that's a pretty good indication that Surface won't be killed by Microsoft anytime soon.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Apr 28, 2003
    Although they apparently anonomyse the requests, it still gets sent out to a server to analyse and return the requested info. Would you want any remotely sensitive data being sent and retrieved from a 3rd party server for your company?

    This sounds like a stupid idea because the only companies big enough to make this financially viable would balk at what could go wrong if the system failed or was compromised.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2011
    Reports of MS exiting the hardware business are exaggerated.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    I would agree but they better find out a way to make some money off that thing some point soon or wall street is not gonna be a big fan of it.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Siri....tell me what the server and network passwords are.


  13. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    What is "Enterprise Siri"

    I can just imagine what Siri for Enterprise would actually sound like:

    User: "Siri, what movies are playing near me?"
    Enterprise Siri: "You shouldn't be searching for movies while working, your supervisor has been notified."

    User: "Siri, where can I get the best price for a Porsche 911?"
    Enterprise Siri: "Nowhere on your salary, get back to work".

    User: "Siri, what..."
    Enterprise Siri: "GET...BACK....TO....WORK!"

    User: "Still a bitch..."
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    No, no, no, no!

    Apple, focus! You have a lot of room to improve Siri for the consumer space first.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    You cannot "google" or ask Siri about information inside the corporate firewall. There is a lot of information there, on the intranet, the LAN drives, the mail system, and the corporate databases. All these things have valuable information; most are secured at some level. If you had the ability to use a search engine to easily find information in one of these data stores, it would be great. If that were fully integrated into your mobile device, it would be even better.

    Google already sells services/appliances to corporations that allow them to set up a internal search engine, but that (from what I remember) was designed to search bars in a company's website (internal/external). This seems a bit more ambitious and if done right, this could be a big deal.
  16. macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2014
  17. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Do people actually get value out of Siri? I recall the commercials showing some comical conversational style, and i know it's got like 4 canned jokes, but the only thing of value that it has ever been to me is to set an alarm. 'Wake me up at 7' works about 90% of the time. Nothing else.
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2010
    I'd love to see Apple try to integrate anything with IBM Cognos. I can just see Jony Ive pulling his nonexistent hair out in frustration.

    "Damn you Cognos!"
  19. macrumors newbie


    Aug 2, 2010
    Exactly. voice search does not appear to me as a decisive functionality in enterprise environment. Keyword search is already available, as long as the information is indexed, through available present tools in enterprise environment.

    The sad thing, I have observed, is that noone in IT departments seems to understand the need to promote these indexing functions, which, because of this, remain largely unknown and unused ...

    the resistance to change in business IT departments is beyond my comprehension ...
  20. macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2012
    I don't think the typical macrumor visitor realizes just how big this is for Apple! Has the potential to launch Apple to the next level and that's the business side! Go Apple!
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    I've played with it a couple of times but never found it useful.
  22. macrumors 604

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2009
    It's actually a negative feature in NYC, where when utilizing the subway and the there is no internet connection, when I hold the headset button to ask the phone to search for a particular song, Siri tells me "Internet not available, connect to the internet" even though I have NO need for the phone to utilize the internet.

    I have turned Siri off and my life has been better for it.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    I use "navigate home" very oftenl
  25. macrumors 604

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    I think that's the problem.

    The fact for Siri to do anything useful just would need internet access..

    Same with others...

    5EB is allot to stick in a phone... I can't ever see that amount of storage happening at all.

    Unless some magic happens.

    I don't use Siri at all.... Good feature of a phone, but I find Google is allot quicker, and more accurate.

    Particularly if i've had a few. Every WWDC Apple always highlights "sports"...

    There are other things to ask Siri for than just more sport scores..

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