Thursday, September 23, 2010

SAP's Mobility Partners After SAP’s Acquisition of Sybase, Part 3

The true value in extending business processes to mobile devices is to enable more employees, customers and partners to benefit from the company’s existing IT systems and investments. Mobile applications enable more users to take advantage of the ERP and other IT assets. SAP, in their central role, needed to define how mobile applications could efficiently and effectively connect and integrate with their solutions. The Sybase acquisition and the recently announced mobility roadmap now fulfills that need.

SAP is currently in the process of standardizing on the Sybase Unwired Platform and rationalizing existing SAP mobility solutions to work with it. This roadmap provides enterprise mobility vendors like ClickSoftware with a defined integration methodology, synchronization strategy, a mobile device management strategy and a mobile application security strategy. This mobile middleware and integration standardization effort will result in a plethora of new mobile applications from ClickSoftware and others that will provide increasing value for SAP customers.

SAP customers, mobility partners and systems integrators can now feel confident in SAP’s mobility strategy, the quality of the mobile middleware, synchronization engine, database, the knowledge as to how business processes can be extended to mobile devices, and how mobile applications will be integrated with SAP systems and managed going forward. I expect we will now see many more enterprise mobility strategies defined, documented and implemented. These are exciting times, and we now have the knowledge and direction necessary to act.

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