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SAP Building Apple Watch Beta Apps Geared for Enterprise Users

30/06/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


SAP customers and employees are beta-testing smartwatch apps that tie in with SAP’s core enterprise applications to add new ways of getting work done.

Enterprise workers using SAP applications in their jobs could one day be able to get data into some of those applications by talking to an Apple Watch on their wrist instead of manually typing in data on a computer or mobile device.

That’s the idea behind some early beta testing that’s being done by some SAP customers and employees using custom Apple Watch apps that SAP developers are building to work with the company’s core business applications.

So far, the testing is in its first stages but is showing promise, and customers are already expressing interest in making SAP-compatible smartwatch apps available to their workers, Rick Costanzo, general manager of global mobility products and strategy at SAP, told eWEEK.

“My sense is it’s the next logical frontier” for helping enterprise workers get their work done by using apps on smartwatches, said Costanzo. “You take a look at it, and you say you have to architect your world to [everything] mobile.”

To work toward the goal of architecting SAP apps for smartwatch use in the workplace, the company’s developers initially built 12 apps for the Apple Watch that are currently in beta testing. The apps include SAP Wire, an SAP HANA Cloud Platform-based instant messaging app; SAP Mobile Documents, which lets users control slide presentations using an iPhone; SAP News, which lets users read corporate news briefs and pushes longer stories to an iPad or iPhone for easier reading; and Connected health, which lets users easily stay in touch with their health care providers, according to Costanzo.

Also undergoing tests are apps such as Fiori Cart Approval, which allows employees to accept or reject workflows or drill into decision-making processes without having to take their smartphones out of their pockets; Deal Approval, which allows approval or rejection of sales deals and passes them on to an iPhone for more in-depth reviews; Deal Room, a sales collaboration tool for messaging and documents on current sales deals; Cloud 4 Customer, which displays various graphs, top deals and other information; The Perfect Meeting, which helps manage customer interactions; Boardrooms Redefined, which helps users manage their business from their wrist; and SAP Office World Clock, which displays local times for various SAP office locations around the world.

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