SAP has never been known for the richness of the user experience it provides within its application environments. But that might be about to change thanks to the advent of HTML5.
Speaking at a Run Better 2012 Forum in New York, Rob Enslin, president of global field operations for SAP, said the company plans to make extensive use of HTML5 across all of its applications. In fact, one of the first instances of the use of HTML5 in an SAP application will come in the form of a new SAP Boardroom Foresight application due out this May.
Designed specifically to meet the needs of directors on corporate boards that are ultimately responsible for corporate governance, Enslin says Boardroom Foresight organizes all the documents that need to be reviewed inside a cloud application that can be accessed by any platform that supports HTML5.
That application will be further enhanced with advanced analytics application powered by the SAP High Performance Analytics Appliance (HANA), which Enslin says eliminates the need to rely on cumbersome spreadsheets to analyze data. In fact, Enslin says that SAP has eliminated the need for spreadsheets within the SAP sales organization by giving every member of the 14,000-strong SAP sales team access to HANA-based analytics applications via an Apple iPad.
Clearly something profound is starting to take shape in terms of how business information is going to be accessed and shared across the enterprise using HTML5, which will be radically different than the experience most users have today. The only question at this point is not whether this change will take place, but rather how long it will take most IT organizations to actually deliver HTML5 across every platform in the enterprise.