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Apple and SAP in joint partnership to create native iOS apps

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May 9, 2016

Earlier this morning, Apple and SAP said they created a joint partnership with the goal to create native iOS apps for SAP's HANA platform.

The two companies plan an iOS software development kit for the HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad devices using SAP’s PaaS (platform-as-a-service).

SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming language, combined with SAP’s Fiori user interface for mobile devices that supports HTML5.

According to Apple, enterprise apps will take full advantage of iPad and iPhone features such as TouchID, location services and notifications.

Also to be planned soon is a training academy for app developers, partners and customers building corporate applications using the planned SDK.

This is actually the second time consumer device maker Apple has partnered with an enterprise runner on mobile systems.

Two years ago, Apple announced a tablet and smartphone deal with IBM, named Mobile First.

The agreement was to build industry-specific apps for the iPhone and iPad, to build IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, and for Big Blue to sell Apple devices with integrated, industry-specific applications and services.

Apple CEO Tim Cook paid homage to SAP, calling the company a “leader in enterprise software and corporate applications for Fortune 500 firms.”

SAP says that it has about 310,000 customers. The HANA platform is the company’s in-memory database that’s become SAP’s big project for the future of its business apps.

HANA now underpins its cloud service and has been designated the database layer for the new version of SAP’s trademark enterprise resources planning suite: SAP S/4HANA.

SAP claims 3,200 customers are currently using S/4HANA. SAP’s CEO Bill McDermott said in a statement that the joint partnership with Apple would enable the delivery of “live data to people wherever and whenever they chose to work.”

Source: Apple.

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