Apple's plan for the transition to a service company presents a striking gap: the lack of business services. The collaboration market, for example, is one of the largest growth areas for enterprise software. Given that Apple currently dominates the enterprise mobility market, it is surprising that little effort has been made to face teams such as Slack or Microsoft.
This absence is even more surprising when one realizes the company Is already offer pieces of a collaborative system.
Apple's iWork software has been providing basic collaboration tools such as commenting and change tracking, as well as real-time editing via iCloud, for a decade. While these are just the most basic features of enterprise collaboration, it's still a sign that Apple recognizes how work is done today. Equally important: most of these features are interoperable with Microsoft Office.
And a number of its applications are scattered in the essentials of a potential collaboration suite:
It is clear that Apple has the strengths to create a business-level collaboration suite, either alone or in conjunction with partners such as IBM, Cisco and SAP. So, if all the pieces of the puzzle are there, why not complete the chart?