SAP announced a partnership with Apple. To boost iOS involvement in SAP’s customer base. 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™.
“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprises. It will bring innovation and security of iOS together with SAP’s deep expertise in business software.” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in a statement.
Corporate developers can develop their own custom iOS apps in Apple’s Swift programming language. They can use data stored in SAP tools as per their business needs.
SAP will allot software development kits to businesses, designers, and developers. These SDKs will be based on its new HANA Cloud Platform. This will allow them to quickly and efficiently build their own iOS apps for iPhone and iPad based on the HANA Platform.
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.
Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP said, “By combining the powerful capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA, together with iOS. We will help deliver live data to people wherever and whenever they choose to work.”
Apple and SAP share a commitment to shaping the future, helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.
SAP academy will also provide training to help 2.5 million member global developer community. This will help members to understand new SDK and Apple’s hardware and software.
In Return, Apple will get access to a huge number of enterprise customers of SAP. SAP currently have approximately 310,000 worldwide customers. This will help Apple to revive its iPhone and iPad sales which saw a significant dip in the last quarter.
This is not the first time Apple has signed a deal with a big enterprise. In a similar deal, it had partnered with IBM in 2014, to build a new class of business apps by bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.
Apple also partnered with Cisco last year. To bring a more streamlined and optimized experience for iOS enterprise customers using Cisco networks and products.