Rogers Communications and SAP to Mobilize Canada's Workforce
Rogers Communications and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP)announced plans to develop and manage the deployment of newly packaged enterprise mobile applications, which leverage the SAP mobile platform. When completed, the new managed mobility offering featuring the SAP mobile platform will be made available to customers through a Rogers-branded managed mobility service. A first between SAP and a Canadian wireless carrier, the offering is being designed to help simplify the way organizations mobilize their workforce, by helping employees gain real-time access to enterprise mobile applications on tablets and smartphones that traditionally sit on desktop computers.
"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."
By the end of 2011 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.
"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."
Customers would benefit from a managed mobility service that lowers entry cost, speeds time to implement and extends the value of mobile enterprise applications by making them accessible from anywhere at any time, decreasing the strain on resources to maintain on-premise deployments. Within the agreement, Rogers plans to manage hosting services and provide wireless connectivity to power SAP solutions, including:
Enterprise mobile applications: Customers will have access to business, industry and analytics enterprise mobility applications from SAP.
Development: Business customers can access to the SAP mobile platform for enterprise mobile application development on proven, industry-leading technology. The mobile platform will allow businesses the ability to quickly develop applications to give users secure access to business data on a variety of mobile devices.
Mobile device management: Enterprise customers can have the ability to manage employee devices, mobile enterprise applications and related information through the industry-leading SAP® Afaria® mobile device management solution to help ensure critical information is not compromised. A single administrative console can allow customers to centrally manage and secure mobile data and encrypt sensitive data for protection in a case a mobile device is lost or stolen.
"Through our new managed mobility solution, SAP and Rogers will be making it easier than ever for businesses of all sizes to harness the power of mobile," said Mark Aboud, president and managing director, SAP Canada. "Rogers has established strong leadership in the tablet, smartphone and machine-to-machine markets, and SAP is the undisputed leader in enterprise mobility for managing devices, enterprise mobile applications, and secure content management. Through our mutual relationships with customers, together we plan to enable enterprises to grow their business and continue operational excellence with mobile solutions that are secure, easy to use and scalable."