Last November, I wrote about the plans from SAP for Windows 8 apps, so that users can access SAP systems and data in a touch-centric interface created for Windows 8. There are many SAP users in Australian education institutions, across schools, TAFE and higher education. Many education organisations are using SAP for their financial and HR systems, and a challenge for these conventional ERP systems is to make them more user-friendly – especially as so many employees are using self-service systems for every day tasks. As an ex-SAP user, anything which would have helped me get at my data and workflows in SAP more easily would have been a great thing.
If you already access SAP from an existing Windows device, you can still do that on Windows 8 device, using your existing software, web portals etc. The benefit of a native Windows 8 app is that you get touch-enabled, visually appealing access to your systems and date. The apps are all now in the Windows Store, so if you're a SAP user, you can download the free apps on a Windows 8 device, and if you're using a touch-enabled tablet or laptop, start whizzing across your data with your fingertips (ouch, does that line sound corny?)
There are six SAP apps available now in the Windows Store:
If you're reading this on a Windows 8 device right now, then the links above will take you onto the website page of the Windows Store for each of the apps, and you can install from there. Otherwise, the link will allow you to see the description and screenshots for each app. (If you prefer to find them in the Windows Store directly, then just load the Store app on your Windows 8 device, and search for 'SAP' to get the list).