Apple and SAP Partner to Develop New Enterprise Apps
Apple and SAP announced Thursday a partnership to improve the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining native apps for iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of SAP HANA platform.
This joint effort also will deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can easily build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.
“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.
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The companies plan to deliver a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK exclusively for iOS that will provide businesses, designers and developers the tools to quickly and efficiently build their own iOS apps for iPhone and iPad, based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP’s open platform as a service.
These native apps will provide access to core data and business processes on SAP S/4HANA, while taking full advantage of iPhone and iPad features like Touch ID, Location Services and Notifications.
A new SAP Fiori for iOS design language will take the SAP Fiori user experience to the next level by combining it with a consumer-grade iOS experience to deliver on the robust user needs in the enterprise and enable developers to build next-generation apps.
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To help SAP’s 2.5-million member global developer community take full advantage of the new SDK and Apple’s hardware and software, a new SAP Academy for iOS will offer tools and training. The new SDK, design language and academy will begin rolling out before the end of the year.
As a part of the partnership, SAP will develop native iOS apps for critical business operations. These apps for iPhone and iPad will be built with Swift, Apple’s modern, secure and interactive programming language, and will offer a familiar user experience with the SAP Fiori for iOS design language.
In the picture above: Apple CEO Tim Cook and SAP CEO Bill McDermott meet at Apple’s campus in Cupertino to announce the new partnership to work on iPhone and iPad. Courtesy of Apple / Roy Zipstein