Apple is continuing its push into the enterprise with a partnership with SAP on mobile cloud apps.
The two companies said today they will provide development tools to build apps for the iPhone and iPad and SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP)'s HANA cloud software. The companies will support SAP's Fiori design language, as well as Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s Swift programming language. SAP and Apple will also provide their own apps and training. (See Apple, SAP Partner on Mobile Enterprise Cloud .)
SAP joins Cisco and IBM among Apple's enterprise partners. Last year, Apple teamed up with Cisco to optimize Apple mobile devices on Cisco networks, videoconferencing and WebEx. (See Apple & Cisco Plot an Enterprise Fast Lane.)
In 2014, Apple partnered with IBM to create business software for iPhone and iPad users. IBM followed up in February this year with a plan to move Apple's Swift programming language into the cloud. (See Apple, IBM Team on Enterprise Mobility, Analytics, Security Key to Apple, IBM Tie-Up, Have IBM & Apple Partnered Their Way to Cloud Leadership? and IBM, Apple Tie-Up Moving Into Cloud.)
Apple needs a boost for its mobile devices. The iPhone, while insanely popular, suffered its first-ever sales decline in Apple's most recent quarter, leading to Apple's first revenue decline since 2003. And iPad sales have been declining for nine quarters. (See Apple: Cloud Shines Light in Financial Gloom.)
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