July 31, 2012 // By: Andreas Schmitz
Interview: Gotthard Tirschner
Mr. Tischner, your cNews app for iPad won second prize in the SAP Partner Appiade at CeBIT 2012. Have there been any further developments with cNews since then?
What’s new is that documents and data now update themselves. So if someone works on a document in the evening, the latest version is right there for co-workers to see on their iPads next morning. As if someone snuck it into your briefcase for you overnight. Basically, it’s an app that delivers information to decision-makers. But the information doesn’t just appear on your screen for you, it also takes comments. It turns a PDF into an interactive document that can include discussion about the content. And it has a push function: You can work on documents offline.
And it all works without reinventing your reports…
That’s right. You already have your up-to-date monthly, weekly, or daily management reports, sales reports, and other documents as PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, or BusinessObjects Crystal Reports.
What matters is for the app to slot seamlessly into the SAP world …
We will clear it through the SAP certification process by the end of 2012. That means the app is tested for complete documentation and technical functionality. It can go on the SAP Store once it’s certified.