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Apple, SAP Partner on Mobile Cloud Apps

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 .)

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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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Mitch Wagner 5/6/2016 | 1:52:12 PM
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