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Apple and SAP Announce New Enterprise Partnership

Apple today announced a new partnership with SAP to "revolutionize" the mobile work experience for its enterprise customers by combining native iPhone and iPad apps with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Under the partnership, Apple and SAP will create a new software development kit and training academy to help developers and enterprise customers create tailored business-focused iOS apps.

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"This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's deep expertise in business software," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through the new SDK, we're empowering SAP's more than 2.5 million developers to build powerful native apps that fully leverage SAP HANA Cloud Platform and tap into the incredible capabilities that only iOS devices can deliver."
The new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK will be developed exclusively for iOS and will give enterprise customers simple tools for "quickly and efficiently" building apps for iPhone and iPad based on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. According to the press release, the native apps will provide access to core data and business processes on SAP HANA while also taking advantage of Apple hardware features like Touch ID, Location Services, and Notifications.

Under the partnership, a new SAP Fiori iOS design language will be created, and SAP will also develop a suite of native iOS apps for "critical business operations" built on Apple's Swift programming language.

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42 months ago
My god, I thought this was "Mac"Rumours, not TrollCentral... The amount of uneducated BS vitriol being spewed here lately is mind-numbing...

This is a big deal, as SAP is widely used by multiple organizations of varying sizes, including IBM. A partnership here can only propel the iOS platform in enterprise to even more expansive heights than it already is, and also help to accelerate iPad adoption in enterprise.

The only BS here is the trash being spewed by those sitting behind their keyboards pretending to be some kind of cyber columnist or warrior against the vile of Tim Cook, pathetic.
Rating: 20 Votes
42 months ago
I really don't get the negativity here. They're making a huge effort to give iOS a serious footprint in the business world. That is an entire new market that buys things completely independently of the "cool factor", which is notoriously fickle That's a big step towards diversifying the customer base while keeping a small list of products.

Pushing Apple products in:
health/medical (researchkit, carekit, Health, future Watch updates),
education (ConnectEd, classroom management),
business (IBM, SAP)

These are entirely separate areas that require fairly different approaches. They would be crazy not to pursue all relevant markets.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago

IBM are going to feel hurt.


Nope. Totally different markets. SAP writes software (payroll, purchasing, sales orders, etc.) you run your company on (ERP). IBM customizes, installs and maintains the software for your particular company, sets it up on IBM servers, OS, and databases. There's a huge amount of business-specific customization you need.
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago

My god, I thought this was "Mac"Rumours, not TrollCentral... The amount of uneducated BS vitriol being spewed here lately is mind-numbing...

This is a big deal, as SAP is widely used by multiple organizations of varying sizes, including IBM. A partnership here can only propel the iOS platform in enterprise to even more expansive heights than it already is, and also help to accelerate iPad adoption in enterprise.

The only BS here is the trash being spewed by those sitting behind their keyboards pretending to be some kind of cyber columnist or warrior against the vile of Tim Cook, pathetic.

Vitriolic post bemoaning vitriol:rolleyes:


On topic: It's good to see Apple trying to make enterprise a viable part of it's growth strategy for the future. It's especially encouraging for iPads since that category needs a boost like no other in Apple's stable. Hopefully, this enterprise push isn't a day late/dollar short.
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago
Magical / "Revolutionize" and AAPL drops further - now under $93/share. Cook is looking like he is running on empty - his BS is not flying with anyone other than Cook Kool Aid drinkers.
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago

I've used SAP. They design software with I guess powerful features, with interfaces sprouting millions of buttons. The experience is terribly ordinary. Hmmm, what to make of this.


My company uses SAP software and the user interface is absolutely horrendous. Looks like software designed in the 90s. Isn't Salesforce a competitor? Too bad they didn't partner.


SAP has likely realized that they need the likes of Apple to clean up their software and make it more user-friendly. That's what their users are now demanding thanks to being enlightened by Apple tech away from work.


I agree, Blackberry stop innovating, and Apple really has slowed down too!


Easy to make that claim. What do you expect? Today's technology is amazing, and there's a lot more going on than we consumers/users see.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
UPDATE: Developers reporting new key in iOS 10 beta "willPrintDotMatrixSAP".
It appears, as suspected, a dot matrix printer accessory for SAP and iPhone 7 is confirmed.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
I've used SAP. They design software with I guess powerful features, with interfaces sprouting millions of buttons. The experience is terribly ordinary. Hmmm, what to make of this.
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago

IBM are going to feel hurt.


Apple is now the BlackBerry of the future.
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago
SAP is heavily used by Apple, All your iTunes and App store purchases come from an SAP system, its an integral part of apples LOB and supply chain management. Apple have also invested into the newer HANA systems (HANA is an in memory DB that can process billions of records of data in seconds) mainly for investment management. The direction SAP are going and have been is IoT and digital. Many of the easy to consume dashboards are aimed at the iPad like experience so it makes sense. But its also an olive branch from SAP to get apple to move over some of their older SAP systems to HANA too. I'm guessing this is being rushed through as a big announcement will be made in two weeks time with another large vendor.

IBM are an SAP partner from consulting point of view, but they also compete at many other levels.
I cant say any more...
Rating: 3 Votes

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