Apple Inc. and SAP said they will cooperate to help developers create iPad and iPhone apps tapping the German software firm’s database services and analytics, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Under the deal, SAP will create a new software-development kit for iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, that can broadly access information from SAP’s HANA cloud platform, the report said.
The two companies also will collaborate on training academies for SAP developers.
The partnership with SAP is part of Apple chief executive Tim Cook’s strategy to sell more iPads and iPhones to corporations and large organizations.
Apple sees enterprise business as a “very key growth opportunity”, the Journal cited Cook as saying in an interview.
The partnership with SAP will be a “starting gun” for the development of workplace apps, similar to the opening of the App Store in 2008, Cook said.
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