Apple and SAP join forces to develop iPhone, iPad apps for businesses

“Apple Inc. and SAP SE are joining up to deliver software for iPhones and iPads, opening a new avenue for Apple to reach businesses at a time when sales of its mobile devices have tapered,” Aaron Ricadela reports for Bloomberg.

“The deal has the potential to attract millions of software developers and sell millions of devices, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and SAP CEO Bill McDermott said in an interview,’ Ricadela reports. “‘I think back to 2008 when we opened the App Store for consumers,’ Cook said.’ “This is sort of the equivalent of that for the enterprise space. Enterprise has not really taken advantage of all the great things that happen with mobility.'”

“The agreement, which the two CEOs sealed last October, would give Apple access to tens of thousands of companies that run SAP’s business software and some 2.5 million developers who access its programs, which manage operations including accounting, manufacturing, sales and human resources,” Ricadela reports. “The agreement also illustrates a shift in how businesses roll out software. Protracted projects have yielded to shorter ones that make new functions available more quickly to workers. That means SAP is succumbing to the same forces that have stung software sales at Oracle Corp. and IBM. The German company’s software license sales fell 13 percent in its most recent quarter and McDermott said it’s taking longer to sign deals.
McDermott said he can see millions of device sales happening as a result of the agreement.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Have a nice day, anti-Apple IT doofuses, however many of your rapidly-dwindling number are left. Oh yeah, by the way: We told you so way back when.

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Apple wins the battle for enterprise hearts and minds – April 13, 2016
Adobe data hints Apple has won the PC wars – March 18, 2016
SAP: Apple’s Macintosh is key for any modern enterprise – February 4, 2016
Apple blew past Microsoft in personal computer shipments in 2015 – January 12, 2016
Apple Inc., the enterprise IT company – December 15, 2015
Tim Bajarin: Within three to five years, Windows will be an afterthought – November 24, 2015
IBM: Every Mac we buy is making and saving us money – October 28, 2015
Now we know why IT support hates Macs (hint: Windows PCs = job security) – October 19, 2015
IBM: Corporate Mac users need less IT support than those stuck on Windows – October 18, 2015
Just 5% of Mac users at IBM need help desk support vs. 40% of Windows PC sufferers – October 15, 2015
Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ ultimate goal: ‘to take back the computer business from Microsoft’ – June 16, 2005
iPhone, killer – May 13, 2015
In the last five years, Microsoft’s share of personal computing plummeted from 90% to 32% – October 10, 2013
Apple Macintosh owns 45% of PC market profits – April 16, 2013
Apple on pace to overtake Windows in platform war within two years – July 6, 2012
Apple has destroyed the Windows hegemony – July 5, 2012


  1. Notice how the Mac was ignored again.

    Hopefully, this will work out like the IBM deal did – IBM got interested in Macs.

    I’m beginning suspect that Apple management thinks iOS will kill the Mac.

    Well I have a newsflash for Apple – There is no way my iPad Pro is replacing my iMac or my 15 inch MacBook Pro.

    I guess Apple wants us to switch to Windows 10? I hope not!

    Apple has neglected the Mac terribly. How so?

    – No advertising
    – Hardware is out of date
    – Way overpriced SSD’s. ($600 more than Amazon)
    – Overpriced RAM
    – Soldered ram that can’t be upgraded
    – Mac software that has either the same or fewer features than the iOS counterparts.
    – Destruction of Pages and the failure to develop a powerful yet easy to use flat file database for iWork. This is essential for many small businesses.
    – Font sizes in the operating system that are too small and can’t be adjusted.

    Here is nice list of where to start on improving the Mac OS:

  2. Maybe IBM wil buy the Mac division of Apple and run with it?

    Meanwhile, I’m stuck with an Android phone because the service industry can’t get their service ticket programs to work with the iPhone. Opportunity knocking anyone?

  3. Interesting, especially when you realise that SAP supports the largest micro payment system in the world for, guess who, Apple inc. hosted at an Indian partner; of course, this platform supports iTunes and the various App Stores.

    So SAP are joining IBM and CIsco; looking more ominous for the Microsoft enterprise bastion by the day!

  4. Don’t worry MDN. Anti-Apple IT doofuses have a perfect day.

    Field reality is light years from what is described in this article.

    What I (and many others) see is:

    – Integrating Apple hardware in an existing managed enterprise network is a pain as it doubles the infrastructure management needs (Even if the total amount of Apple devices is low). It’s almost impossible to comply with professional needs in an Apple only environment that’s why 2 management systems are required.
    – Admitting Apple hardware is integrated in the enterprise network you have much LESS advanced management tools for these devices than those existing for MS clients. This forces you to go through endless scripting to achieve the same as with simple GPO deployment.
    – Apple devices are a vector for many attacks as the users of these machines often are executives (or designers) wrongly thinking they can do whatever they want and that they are protected.
    – The only scenario in Which Apple hardware is accepted is in a BYOD scenario with segmented networks and no direct access to the infrastructure (In the same way a Linux computer or whatever computer would be). Still… The hardware here is only used as a display device and the underlying infrastructure still uses MS / Citrix / Linux / VMware / etc
    – Tablets, except for the surface pro devices, CAN’T replace a real computer… Sorry for all the people here who pretend the opposite. But look at what is done in enterprises where people do real work and you’ll see this is completely impossible. You have neither the applications you need nor the comfort of a real workspace (be it a mobile one).

    Like it or not… But the only company which has created a device that can be used professionally is MS.

    1. Forgot to say… Native iOS (or Android) apps in the professional fields are a joke actually (And probably for long time).

      These are just gimmicks for executive who can show fancy graphics or pics to their friends while golfing. Nothing productive here.

      Feel free to show me I’m wrong and provide links to really professional apps that are not related to a niche product.

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