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Mobile security app partnership opens between SAP and Ericsson

This new deal between the two companies was first revealed by SAP’s chief executive at the CTIA 2014.

SAP has now announced its new partnership with Ericsson for the purpose of being able to create an open mobile security platform that will be both effective and device friendly, according to Bill McDermott, the CEO of SAP, who spoke in Las Vegas at the CTIA 2014.

McDermott explained that this type of business friendly application has now become vital.

He explained that it was very important for enterprises to form mobile apps that are business friendly and that boost and simplify productivity. It is key for apps to function and scale with operating systems as companies need to turn any device, no matter where it is, into a gadget that can be productive and that will have adequate mobile security.

SAP feels that proper function and mobile security are critical features for enterprise apps.

Mobile Security PartnershipMcDermott pointed out that “SAP remains device agnostic.” He added “Because betting against consumer choice is a fool’s bet.” As a component of the partnership that SAP has formed with Ericsson, the German software giant’s Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software is going to be hosted on the Ericsson Cloud. This choice was made to make it simpler for mobile operators to be able to address any tablet and smartphone security issues that could occur.

The cloud based SAP Mobile Secure solutions will be offered by Ericsson to over 400 different mobile network operators. As McDermott spoke at the event, he made reference to Samsung as another part of this deal. However, a spokesperson from SAP later clarified that the CEO had only been combining the announcement of the partnership with Ericsson with another separate partnership that had been made between SAP and Samsung, which had already been announced the week beforehand.

It seems that the partnership to which McDermott had actually been referring when he went on to mention the Samsung brand was not this latest mobile security effort, but was a separate agreement in which Samsung is now starting to test and operate SAP mobile apps on their tablet product, called the Galaxy Tab Active. This, according to the SAP head of products and innovation PR, Susan Miller.

Mobile app development tools have now been shipped by SAP

This SDK will soon be in the hands of many developers for the creation of applications for users.

SAP has now announced the general availability of its latest mobile app development tools in its Mobile Platform 3.0, which is a software development kit (SDK) that has been designed to allow developers to be able to build applications for business partners, employees, and consumers.

Among the early adopters of this newly shipped software is National Grid, a U.K electricity and gas transmission network.

That company has already used this mobile app development platform update in combination with other tools from SAP in order to provide more than 1,500 field engineers with greater ability for using iOS devices to maintain the energy grid. Those engineers are employing the new system for a broad spectrum of different tasks that include everything from maintenance work that has been completed in the field, to taking photos of the repair work that needs to be done or that has been completed. As soon as the mobile devices connect with a WiFi network, the images that have been captured are stored for transmission alongside the rest of the history for that job, and any additional useful data.

This use of the mobile app development platform will mean a considerable savings on data plan use costs.

Mobile apps for consumersAccording to the UK National Grid’s head of Information Systems, Tina Sands, this new mobile device friendly software from SAP “delivers an incredibly powerful but simple user experience for our field engineers so they can focus on their day jobs.”

Also using a pre-release version of the SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 is Augsburg, Germany-based MSC Mobile. That company’s mobile developers created an application that brings in the power of augmented reality. The concept is that it will allow workers in stores to be able to check whether or not the products that bring in the highest profits remain in stock on the store shelves, or whether they need to be restocked (or reordered, for that matter).

The mobile app development of that MSC Mobile product, which is called Shelf Plus, also provides employees with the ability to view a store shelf through the device screen in order to identify the location of certain items that are on a pre-created checklist.