Apple has announced a partnership with SAP, where both the companies will develop new iOS apps and SDK to create powerful, native enterprise apps for iPhone and iPad. They aim to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes with the cutting-edge capabilities of the SAP HANA platform.
This new formed initiative will also see the development of a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy, so that the developers, partners and customers can easily build native apps tailored for their needs. SAP plans to develop native iOS apps, which will be built on Swift – Apple’s programming language.
Apple and SAP plans to deliver a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK exclusively for iOS. These apps will provide access to core data and business processes on SAP S/4HANA, while taking full advantage of iPhone and iPad features such as Touch ID, Location Services and Notifications.
On this partnership, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said:
“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. 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.”
Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP said,
“We’re proud to take this special partnership between Apple and SAP to a groundbreaking new place. In giving people an agile and intuitive business experience, we empower them to know more, care more and do more. By combining the powerful capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA, together with iOS, the leading and most secure mobile platform for enterprise, 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.”
Apple has scheduled its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2016 in San Francisco from June 13 to June 17, where we will hear more about this partnership and the upcoming enterprise apps.