SAP to Deliver Enhanced Enterprise Security, Apps and App Platform for Windows
SAP® Mobile Apps for Windows 8 to Help Increase Mobile and PC Worker
MADRID, Nov. 13, 2012
MADRID, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans
to deliver six new SAP® mobile apps for Windows 8, bringing new innovations
for SAP customers. SAP also announced forthcoming support for Windows 8
development on the leading SAP® Mobile Platform^1 as well as security
enhancements to the SAP® Afaria® mobile device management solution. Through
these apps, platform support and security enhancements, SAP plans to extend
business processes to Windows 8 to accelerate a business' ability to run
better with devices of various form factors. The announcement was made at
SAPPHIRE® NOW + SAP® TechEd, being held as a co-located event in Madrid from
SAP Mobile Apps for Windows 8
SAP plans to offer six business apps for Windows 8 for use on devices of
various form factors focused on enterprise functions such as training,
recruiting and sales. All six of these mobile apps are planned to be available
for download in both the Windows Store and SAP® Store. These mobile apps
oSAP® WorkDeck, developed first for Windows 8, is a new persona-centric app
that offers contextual integration of various information sources and
processes into a role-based view. SAP WorkDeck allows employees to
initiate new requests, oversee upcoming events and monitor the progress,
as well as enables managers to react and process workflows on-the-go, such
as travel, leave and purchasing requests.
oSAP® Manager Insight is an employee profile app that provides managers
with access to key indicators, such as diversity, headcount, employee
talent by location, as well as employee profiles, to drive collaborative
and informed human resources (HR) decision-making.
oSAP® Learning Assistant is a training app that gives on-the-go workers
tag-along teachers. It makes on-demand, online training available anytime,
anywhere so workers can access required classes to address compliance and
oSAP® Interview Assistant is a recruiting app that eases the cumbersome
task of arranging interviews. It also helps managers review candidate
information, prepare notes, record results, and provide immediate feedback
oSAP® Customer Financial Fact Sheet is a customer profile app for account
executives to access financial data, invoices and critical sales orders in
oSAP® GRC Policy Survey is a policy app for employees to review and
acknowledge relevant policy changes and fill in surveys to ensure they
understand the policies.
"We look forward to our ongoing collaboration with SAP, to create great new
apps that our customers can use to address business needs and uncover new
opportunities," said Erwin Visser, senior director, Windows Commercial,
Microsoft Corp. "We are very pleased with the commitment of SAP to Windows 8;
the apps that SAP is developing for Windows 8 take advantage of the beautiful
new Windows user interface and will help our customers be even more mobile,
secure, productive and efficient."
These apps aim to take advantage of the touch capability and features of the
new Windows user interface, such as zoom, tiles and Snap mode, enabling users
to easily interact with SAP data. All SAP mobile apps for Windows 8 are
planned to include a trial mode to allow customers to be able to download the
apps from the Windows Store and evaluate them before purchasing.
"SAP continues to build on its tradition of delivering innovation to its
enterprise customer base, in this case, providing the foundation for mobile
computing," said SanjayPoonen, president and head of Mobile Division, SAP.
"SAP takes advantage of the current install base and customer relationships to
transform enterprises to a mobile-centric computing model. We look forward to
helping our customers fully leverage Windows 8 and bringing new business and
consumer apps to the industry that take full advantage of the new Windows user
SAP Mobile Platform for Apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
SAP Mobile Platform is planned to support the creation and deployment of
mobile apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. SAP intends to enable the large
community of Microsoft developers to quickly create apps (HTML5 and
Mobile Platform services for enhanced security and authentication,
user/device/app provisioning and push notification to help ensure a consistent
user experience across devices of different form factors on a single platform.
To make app development of security-enhanced apps even simpler, SAP announced
plans to release a library for login and authentication for Windows 8, which
aims to allow developers to enable multiple incorporation options in their
apps. By connecting to SAP Mobile Platform, apps are planned to be able to
access SAP and non-SAP apps and data while helping deliver enterprise-grade
enhanced security, policy and access management as well as app life-cycle
management. The mobile platform is intended to provide a high-availability
infrastructure for apps, helping ensure knowledge workers can stay productive
virtually anytime, anywhere. SAP also plans to enable partners to begin to
develop apps for Windows 8. A free trial of SAP Mobile Platform for developers
is available on SAP® Community Network here.
Enhancing Enterprise Security Through SAP Afaria
Customers can help secure their mobile environment to help protect Windows 8
devices, content and apps using one of the industry's mobile device management
leaders, SAP Afaria^2, which is available for Windows 8 today. SAP Afaria is
also now certified to fully support Intel-based tablets featuring Windows 8.
"Having SAP Afaria available for Windows 8-based devices with Intel® Atom™ and
Core™ processors greatly expands mobile device choice," said Rick Echevarria,
vice president and general manager, Business Client Platform Division, Intel.
"It also helps improve the overall effectiveness of customers' enterprise
mobile solutions by increasing content and enhanced application security."
SAP also announced plans to develop apps for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.
Product Name Changes
Sybase® Unwired Platform is now called SAP Mobile Platform and Afaria is now
known as SAP Afaria.
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SAP TechEd Madrid, visit the Events newsroom.
^1Gartner, 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development
^2IDC, #236835, Volume: 1 Mobile Enterprise Software: Market Analysis
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