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Rogers teams up with SAP for mobile workforce apps

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:41pm
Mike Robuck

Rogers Communications has joined forces with SAP AG to develop a platform of enterprise mobile applications that can be accessed by employees on their smartphones and tablets.

The companies said it was the first time that SAP and a Canadian wireless carrier had teamed up on this type of mobile applications platform. The goal of the service is to simplify the way organizations mobilize their workforces by giving them real-time access to applications that were previously only available on desktop computers.

"Businesses are transforming their IT resources to stay competitive and the four walls of the office are now transparent - anytime, anywhere access to mobile enterprise applications and software on any device is essential for efficiency and workforce productivity," said Larry Baldachin, senior vice president, business segment, Rogers Communications. "By pairing the strength of our wireless network from continuous investments with SAP solutions, we will enable public and private sector customers with a solution to truly mobilize."

By the end of last year there were approximately 2.4 million tablet devices in Canada according to IDC Canada. IDC additionally forecasts the worldwide mobile enterprise application platform global market to grow to more than US $3.0 billion in 2015.

"Canadian organizations are rapidly adopting new wireless solutions to serve a growing mobile workforce and to enable mobile business processes," said Tony Olvet, group vice president of research at IDC Canada. "IDC's research shows that 36 percent of Canadian organizations have already mobilized one or more application and 21 percent are pilot testing mobile apps this year. Deploying and managing mobile enterprise applications and device solutions are increasingly strategic elements of business strategy."

As part of the agreement, Rogers plans to manage hosting services and provide wireless connectivity to power SAP offerings that include; mobile device management of employee devices, development of enterprise mobile applications on SAP’s mobile platform and access to business, industry and analytics enterprise mobile applications.

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