“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.”
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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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