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Samsung and SAP in Enterprise Mobility Collaboration Deal

14/11/2014 by Sharon Shahzad


Samsung and SAP will jointly develop industry-specific mobile solutions to run on the Korean manufacturer’s devices and wearables, in an enterprise mobility deal that mirrors the arrangement Apple and IBM struck last summer.

Mobile device maker Samsung and enterprise software provider SAP plan to develop industry-specific mobile solutions to run on the Korean manufacturer’s devices and wearables, in an enterprise mobility deal that mirrors the arrangement Apple and IBM (IBM) struck last summer.

The companies said their collaboration would create new opportunities for developers to craft integrated solutions for mobile devices and wearables and construct cloud-based services founded on SAP’s HANA platform. Inasmuch as the initiative’s jointly developed mobile applications will be built to take advantage of Samsung’s device capabilities, the goal will be to provide workforces standardizing on the vendor’s gear a competitive advantage, the parties said.

“The applications that match the current trends in mobility must work to create a seamless experience as the work modality embraces mobile devices, wearables, Internet of Things and other alternative forms of mobile computing,” said Steve Lucas, SAP Platform Solutions Group president. “Through our partnership with Samsung, we are working on plans to offer a premium mobile enterprise experience for customers.”

Samsung and SAP said vertical markets present the greatest opportunity for their collaboration to bring value to customers with the initially targeted segments spanning finance, healthcare, oil and gas and retail.

With finance, the companies said they plan to jointly develop mobile banking solutions to improve the customer experience, including printers and large format displays. For health care, they plan to bring HANA-based analytics to Samsung’s mobile devices with cloud-centric health management solutions. For oil and gas, the pair intend to deliver solutions for wearable devices to enable workers in heavy industries to receive and respond to information more quickly and safely. And, for retail, Samsung and SAP said they will focus on improving the shopping experience by providing retailers with quicker access to inventory and product availability data accessed through Samsung mobile devices, wearables and large format displays.

Other critical business tasks such as accessing customer data, looking up product information and implementing mobile payments also are in their plans.

Samsung and SAP further said they will develop customer relationship management (CRM), human capital management (HCM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions on the HANA platform delivered through Samsung mobile devices.

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