This morning SAP CEO Bill McDermott announced an exciting new collaboration with Google during his keynote address at SAPPHIRE NOW.
Google and SAP are working together to help “Simplify Work,” “Improve Productivity” and “Extend Collaboration” among enterprise employees no matter where they choose to work. Our key areas of collaboration with Google are around enterprise mobility, business analytics and business applications.
Mobility is changing people’s lives. There are over a billion Android smartphones used by people across the world. Google introduced Android for Work, to help businesses bring more of these smartphones to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform.
SAP has been working with Google for some time to support Android for Work. We shipped SAP Mobile Secure 2.7 with Android for Work support last month. Our collaboration with Google is unique, as we work together on all aspects of mobility:
- End-users: Our customers can now make any place their workplace. Customers can ‘work’ and ‘play ‘on the same device. This is a big productivity enhancer for businesses!
- IT: The IT teams we support can implement a secure, easy-to-manage, lower cost BYOD strategy that covers all Android devices using SAP Mobile Secure technology.
- Apps & development: Our business customers can benefit from the breadth of enterprise apps available from SAP and its ecosystem on any Android device using SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services and Google’s Play services. The leading SAP apps, including SAP Fiori, SuccessFactors, Concur and many others support Android for Work.
- SAP announcement: SAP Working With Google to Accelerate Android for Work Adoption in the Enterprise
Google Apps is used by over 5 million businesses worldwide to collaborate in real time. SAP is the leader in enterprise BI. Google and SAP are working together to provide employees a seamless experience as they work in Google Apps and SAP Lumira.
Today customers can already access, transform and combine Google Sheets with enterprise data through the SAP Lumira extensions framework to deliver compelling visualizations, dashboards and insights in SAP Lumira.
In the future, SAP and Google are working together to enable Lumira visualizations and infographics to be saved in Google Drive, allowing SAP Lumira files to be accessed and shared using Google Drive. We plan to enable customers to also have the option to store these files as native Google Docs so they can continue to collaborate with their teams in real time and on any device. This deep level of integration will deliver intuitive analytics to everyone, anywhere.
SAP has the broadest portfolio of business applications that businesses of all sizes need to Run Simple. Google offers a complete suite of productivity applications that employees need to get their work done. Google and SAP will be working together to integrate these applications so employees can work simple across these applications. The goal is to enable employees to move their data seamlessly across SAP and Google applications, take actions on their SAP workflow from Google Apps and to work with Google services from within SAP applications. We are starting this effort in two areas: SuccessFactors HCM and SAP Fiori.