In its bid to expand to enterprise customers, Apple has partnered with SAP, the German software giant and world’s largest maker of enterprise software. The two companies have joined hands to leverage each other’s expertise to develop world class corporate apps running on iOS and iPads.
“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,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in a statement.
Under the partnership, SAP has announced several measures to develop exclusive business apps for Apple devices- iPhones and iPads.
It will allow the corporate developers to develop their own custom iOS apps in Apple’s Swift programming language. They will be able to use data stored in SAP tools according to their business needs.
SAP will distribute software development kits to businesses, designers, and developers. These SDKs will be based on its new HANA Cloud Platform which will allow them to quickly and efficiently build their own iOS apps for iPhone and iPad based on the HANA Platform.
These custom built native apps will combine the capabilities of iPhone and iPad features like Touch ID®, Location Services and Notifications and core data and business processes on SAP S/4HANA.
Commenting on the same, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP said, “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.”
In addition to it, SAP will also offer tools and training through a new SAP academy which will assist its 2.5-million member global developer community in using new SDK and Apple’s innovative hardware and software.
And of course, Apple will get access to a huge number of enterprise customers of SAP which amount to approximately 310,000 worldwide customers. This may further help the Cupertino giant to revive its iPhone and iPad sales which saw a significant dip in the last quarter.
This is not the first time Apple has struck a deal with a big enterprise with its eyes on business customers. 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.