Today at SAPPHIRE NOW customer event, SAP and Apple announced that CORE ML, Apple’s on-device machine learning technology, will be available for the first time as part of the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS.
The next version of the SAP Cloud Platform SDK, available later this month, enables businesses to create custom, intelligent iOS apps powered by SAP Leonardo. Machine learning models will automatically download to iPhone and iPad so apps can run offline, and then dynamically update while connected to SAP Cloud Platform.
Through the partnership with Apple, SAP has rebuilt its mobile apps for SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Concur solutions, along with SAP Asset Manager, to run natively on iOS. These apps are fully integrated with iPhone and iPad. SAP today announced it will expand its native iOS experience across its broader applications portfolio, starting with SAP Ariba solutions.
SAP also announced it will expand its app offerings to the Mac, with new apps that match the power and ease of use of SAP iOS apps. The new native Mac apps will bring the richness of the SAP iOS experience to the desktop world.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said: “Enterprise customers are seeing real business benefits when they use iOS. We are excited for SAP to extend these experiences further on iPhone and iPad, as well as bringing them to the Mac for the first time. This is an important milestone for our partnership, and we are thrilled to be working together with SAP to empower our customers with the world’s most-trusted business process data on iPhone, iPad and Mac — the best devices for business.”
For businesses that need help getting started with iOS apps, Apple and SAP are offering nine ready-to-deploy apps, spanning a range of industries.
The SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS was designed by Apple and SAP to help developers build custom iOS apps for the enterprise.
SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, is moving from running companies’ inner workings towards a more end user-focused approach, backed by its $8 billion takeover of Qualtrics, a U.S. firm specializing in tracking consumer sentiment.