SAP clearly has had enterprise mobility at the forefront of its plans with a range of announcements in the last few weeks promoting SAP as a tool for the mobile enterprise.
SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann recently stated that about 50% of tablets and 30% of all smartphones are already used for business purposes, and certainly the ability to use SAP applications whilst on the move is becoming increasingly attractive for a number of organisations.
With enterprises mobilising more key business functions and allowing employees to work at any time and from anywhere via mobile devices, managing and securing these environments has never been more critical. It is therefore welcome news to hear that SAP has unveiled a partnership with Samsung to make its Android devices safer to use as corporate tools. The Samsung partnership will support secure use of SAP business applications on Samsung mobile devices to help promote crucial enterprise mobility.
Aligned to this, SAP has also announced updates to its Afaria mobile systems management tool to help organisations better manage the increasing number of mobile devices their employees are bringing into the enterprise. The Afaria update alongside the Samsung partnership shows that SAP is looking to ride the tide of consumerisaton, and provide an increasingly consumer-like mobile experience.
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