Telecom aims to boost business over smartphone

Last updated 16:40 22/05/2013

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Telecom has announced a partnership with German business software giant SAP that it hopes will encourage companies and government agencies to run more of their business on smartphones.

Tim Miles, chief executive of Telecom's Gen-i information technology services business, said the two companies would offer 300 business applications developed by SAP and its partners and customers that run on mobile devices such as iPhones and Android smartphones.

The apps would be hosted by Gen-i, which would also offer to customise them for individual businesses and government agencies using SAP's tools.

The apps, priced from $10 a month per user, ranged from tools designed to help staff use their smartphones to deal with their employers' human resources processes to industry-specific apps, such as one that let Vector drill into the real-time operational performance of a field of wind turbines. A spokeswoman later said the starting price for the cheapest apps was $2 per month per user.

SAP is the largest provider in New Zealand of enterprise resource management (ERP) software systems, commonly used to run large business. Miles said the business apps would appeal also to non-SAP customers.

SAP Australia and New Zealand managing director Andrew Barkla said Gen-i had brought to the table innovation and a strong brand.

Miles said the library of apps would grow.

SAP employs 65,500 staff around the world and turned over US$21.4 billion ($26.2 billion) last year.

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