Rogers Communications and SAP to Mobilize Canada's Workforce
Mobile Leaders Join Forces to Simplify Enterprise Mobility for
Businesses Across Canada
TORONTO, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ – Rogers Communications and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today 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,
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.”
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable
television, high-speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers
Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised
shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and
digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
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SOURCE: Rogers Communications Inc.