SAP says iOS software developer kit set for lift-off

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 28, 2017

SAP is greatly expanding its developer strategy via an alliance with Apple, and recasting the SAP HANA Cloud Platform as simply SAP Cloud Platform with new capabilities designed for developers, internet of things and big data projects.

At Mobile World Congress today, enterprise application software company SAP gave more details about its partnership with Apple, which will result in the creation of a toolset that aims to help developers build "enterprise-grade" apps for iOS.

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Richard Knowles, senior vice president and general manager for the Apple Partnership at SAP, says the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS makes use of the OData middleware based on REST application programming interfaces (APIs) and a set of complementary specifications and code defined jointly by Apple and SAP to enable business logic to be more easily embedded into mobile applications. The SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS includes user experience modules meant to help organizations to figure out how to go about navigating that transition.

Touch ID, location services and notifications are also included in the library.

The SAP Academy for iOS, which developers can now register for, is available with initial trainings and workshops. For Walldorf, Germany-based SAP, it offers the vendor, its customers and partners a new way to provide access to SAP's business systems and applications. A global rollout is planned for later this year. The courses provided "will be updated regularly" as Apple and SAP integrate new technologies into the SDK and new roles are added into the program. Knowles said SAP has traditionally focused on addressing the back-end and core IT services in the enterprise and then out to departments, but not typically end users. "We believe design is desperately missing inside enterprise organizations".

Knowles admitted that over the years SAP's UX hasn't always been the prettiest. He explained that through the re-designed SAP Fiori UX and the Apple partnership, the company is not only creating mobile-optimized experiences, but changing the way it builds software to begin with. Where SAP fails in delivering native device experiences, Apple's lightweight iOS apps fill the gap.

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