Apple and SAP SE are teaming up in order to make business mobile apps for iPhone and iPad devices even smarter. Both companies recently revealed that they have forged a partnership, with the iPhone maker tapping into SAP’s HANA system, a platform which basically allows business entities to quickly analyze information and generate projections, in trying to further enhance the capabilities of apps of iOS powered smartphones and tablet devices.
Specifically, the collaboration will involve a new iOS software development kit (SDK), as well as a sort of training academy that should help developers create iOS mobile apps for their own enterprises. Some might see this project as somewhat akin to Apple’s agreement with IBM, but this time around, the businesses themselves are given more leeway especially in polishing the capabilities of their apps. Take this scenario -- a utility company worker on the field can take full advantage of a mobile app in order to project when equipment will need to be fixed or replaced. With that kind of information available, the worker is put in a better position to schedule maintenance checks in order to minimize repairs or replacements. And the work can do all of this through an app in his iPhone or iPad device.
As explained by Bill McDermott, the chief executive officer of SAP, the partnership of the two companies will help in the real time delivery of live information to workers, no matter when or where they are working. Moreover, iPhones and iPads will no longer be just lifestyle gadgets, but important tools for business.
This latest collaboration is certainly not the first that Apple has done with other companies. After all, forging partnerships is a good way for the tech giant to further expand its business beyond producing gadgets geared for consumers only. And with the recent mobile sales the company has been having, turning to the business sector just might be a good idea. Some may remember that back in 2014, Apple partnered with IBM in order to try to push iPhone and iPads to business users, and at the same time, to optimize IBM’s cloud computer services (device management, security, analytics) for the iOS mobile operating system. Not only that, Apple also joined forces with Cisco in August of last year in order to allow faster connections for iOS running smartphones and tablets by way of a fast lane that courses through networks established by Cisco.
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