In an interview with Bloomberg SAP AG co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Hagemann Snabe called Windows Phone â€œa very important platform.â€
SAP is working on rolling out its Hana technology, which enables processing of large amounts of data on the go, with mobile and cloud products. For example, a company employee can make ad-hoc changes to a sales presentation on his Apple Inc. iPad and present the results without delay, where otherwise he may have to ask colleagues to retrieve that information from a database.
SAP is seeking deeper cooperation with Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Oyj on Windows Phone.
â€œFrom a business use of mobile, we are probably a year ahead, but it’s a very fast-moving market and if you look at the smartphones everyone gets it,â€ Snabe said. â€œThis will be a fight for speed.â€
â€œWe’ve always said we’ll support all leading mobile platforms, and Windows Phone definitely belongs to that category,â€ Snabe concluded.
Microsoft is working to make Windows Phone more business friendly, but is expected to only make a final push when Windows Phone 8 arrives at the end of the year.