“SAP SE on Friday shared more details with CIO Journal on its Apple Inc. partnership aimed at creating a marketplace for iOS applications that tap into its flagship HANA cloud platform,” Tom Loftus reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The agreement reflects a wider desire shared across many enterprises to transform complex business processes into simple (or at least simpler) mobile applications. The ongoing effort started way back with the appearance of Apple’s iPhone and today, increasingly, that same device maker is helping underpin the transition via a popular programming language.”

“SAP plans to build the first 100 applications,” Loftus reports. “Some will be industry-specific, addressing fields such as health care and retail. But as Steve Lucas, SAP’s president for platform solutions, tells CIO Journal’s Steven Norton, the hope is that developers will take advantage of the software development kit to create applications of their own.”

Loftus reports, “The new SDK uses Apple’s Swift, an open source programming language, that has become a major enterprise player in the last couple years.”

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