SAP and Apple strike new ‘ground-breaking’ agreement
SAP and Apple have agreed a new partnership to improve the experience for mobile users and to develop new apps using the SAP HANA platform.
The two companies will deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and also open a new training academy by the end of the year to help individuals develop new native apps tailored to the needs of businesses.
Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, said the ‘special agreement’ between the two technology giants would take the organisations to a ‘ground-breaking new place.’
“In giving people an agile and intuitive business experience, we empower them to know more, care more and do more,” he said.
The SAP boss added that combining the SAP HANA cloud platform with iOS would help deliver ‘live data to people wherever and whenever they choose to work.’
He continued: “Apple and SAP share a commitment to shaping the future, helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.”
The new SDK will be exclusively for iOS and provide businesses, designers and developers with tools to quickly and easily build their own native apps for use on iPhone and iPad.
SAP will also develop a series of new native iOS apps that will help users manage critical business operations on their mobile device.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, was equally as enthusiastic about the new partnership as his SAP counterpart.
“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprises by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” he said.
“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.”