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Apple and SAP Partner to Revolutionize Work on iPhone® & iPad®

Apple and SAP Partner to Revolutionize Work on iPhone® & iPad®

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"By now you might have heard the exciting news announced today , that SAP is teaming up with Apple in a partnership, combining Apple’s world-renowned user experiences with SAP’s unparalleled end-to-end business processes and software.

This partnership opens up new opportunities, revolutionizing the mobile work experience for customers and allowing companies and developers to make a difference in the digital world. I get the pleasure of sharing my point of view on the finer details of the partnership and what potential this opens up for our joint customers"

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Start learning about developing for iOS by following the links below

Learn more about building powerful, native apps on iOS. Apple provides all the developer tools, resources, and programs to get started. Use the resources below to learn more about Swift, iOS, and the Apple Developer Enterprise Program.

Learn more about Swift, Apple’s modern and powerful programming language for iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS:

Get started with Apple enterprise developer resources:

Enroll in the Apple Developer Enterprise Program:

View resources on building and designing great iOS apps:

Check out Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, June 13-17, San Francisco. Sessions will be streamed daily and content will be posted throughout the week. Watch on the web or in the WWDC app.

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Start learning about developing with the current SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services by following the links below. These interim tutorials set a baseline for you to get familiar with HCP and HCP mobile services, now and will be updated as the SDK becomes available.

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SAP is planning to create an SDK for native iOS app development. It will be supplied as an Apple iOS Framework built with Swift, to enable developers to build, extend and run a new class of native iOS mobile apps, all powered by the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. 

The new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS will enable a vast community of designers, developers, partners and customers to more quickly build their own enterprise-class mobile apps with an intuitive, consumer-grade user experience, leveraging the Fiori for iOS design language. The goal is to accelerate development, easily reuse existing capabilities, and quickly tie in services of SAP’s and Apple’s respective platforms and devices.

1. What is the SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS?

The SDK is a collection of Apple iOS Frameworks built with Swift, to enable developers to build, extend and run a new class of native iOS enterprise mobile apps, all powered by the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and its services.


2. What will be included in the SDK?

The SDK will include several key building blocks, including UI elements for the new Fiori for iOS design language like reusable controls, UI patterns, templates, access to backend services, easier access to iOS capabilities and device services, etc. The SAP Fiori Design Guidelines can be found here:


3. What are the key use cases for the SAP HCP SDK for iOS?

Main use cases for developers is to create innovative mobile apps for S/4HANA, SAP on-premise extensions, HCP Line of Business (LoB) extensions and building custom HCP apps for iOS.


4. How does the new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS differ from the current mobile SDK for iOS?

The new SDK will be created completely new in Apple’s modern Swift language and provides a very modular set of Frameworks that allow developers to pick and choose required functionality. It also includes UI components that support developers building enterprise apps for iOS.  The SDK will enable connection to newly designed mobile services on HCP. 


5. How does the SDK support developers to apply the new SAP Fiori design guidelines for iOS?

The SDK includes UI components that comply with the SAP Fiori for iOS design language. Using these components when building an app makes it easy for developers to build native apps for iOS.


6. Is SAP HCP required to develop with the SDK? 

The SDK leverages the SAP HANA Cloud Platform services to support developers integrating and managing the mobile apps for iOS. To make the most out of the HCP SDK, you need an underlying HCP account. SAP HCP is an open platform that allows connecting to any SAP or non-SAP system, e.g. you can connect securely to on-premise SAP Business Suite resources via the HANA Cloud Connector.


7. What is the timeline for the SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS release to developers?

The current release date of the SDK is planned for the first quarter 2017.


8. Will the SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS be available as a free download for development & testing?

The SDK will be made available through the standard SAP software delivery channels. We intend to provide a trial offering to try out the SDK in combination with the HCP trial landscape.


9. Will the SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS support complete flexibility for native apps?

The SDK will support the entire feature set that is expected from an Enterprise Mobile App. For example Authentication & Authorization, Secure Storage, Backend Connectivity Configuration and integration with iOS specific features.


10. What about SAP support for Android and Microsoft?

We will continue to support other mobile platform providers, including Google and Microsoft. The partnership with Apple is focused to drive new, innovative and exciting enterprise apps for iOS but will continue to give our customers choices.


11. What will happen to the Hybrid App Toolkit, Kapsel & Cordova?

These are not affected by the release of the HCP SDK for iOS.


12. When will the SAP Academy for iOS be available & where will it take place?

It is planned to have the Academy available before the end of the year, synchronizing with the release of the SDK. Apple and SAP will pilot the academy in a few locations in 2016, and then expand more broadly in 2017. The first planned locations include the U.S., Germany, and India.


Check back here soon for further updates

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