Apple and SAP have entered into a partnership under which the latter is going to develop a bunch of custom business applications for iOS devices, iPads and iPhones.
The collaboration will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can easily build native iOS apps. SAP will develop native iOS apps that will be built with Swift which is Apple’s programming language.
The companies plan to deliver a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK exclusively for iOS. These native apps will provide access to core data and business processes on SAP S/4HANA, while leverage features like Touch ID, Location Services and Notifications.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said in a statement,
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.