Many of you have asked me for details on SAP's enterprise mobility roadmap. I will be publishing an interview with Sybase's Sam Lakkundi later this week on that subject, but first wanted to highlight what SAP has publicly stated already.
SAP's public statements:
Within the next nine months (Sapphire 2011), the companies will bring together technologies to deliver a leading mobile platform for business that is based on open standards, runs on all major mobile operating systems, and manages and supports all major device types. With this platform, customers and partners can build new mobile experiences on top of existing applications, such as SAP® Business Suite software. In addition, SAP will showcase mobile experiences for all products, including both SAP Business Suite and SAP® Business ByDesign™, similar to what is available for mobile sales for customer relationship management (CRM) today.
The companies will integrate the SAP NetWeaver® Mobile component and SAP® BusinessObjects™ Mobile software with Sybase Unwired Platform to deliver a single mobile development and deployment platform with integrated analytics. New open standards-based technology from SAP that enables easy access to SAP Business Suite will accelerate the mobilization of SAP applications. SAP will also deliver industry-specific mobile applications built on this next-generation mobile platform.
SAP has also enabled its ecosystem partners to build and deliver new mobile applications on the mobility platform. Recently, announced on August 9, 2010, a series of Sybase partners launched innovative mobile applications for SAP solutions on the Sybase Unwired Platform. This growing ecosystem is significantly extending the reach of enterprise customers and applications, empowering millions of mobile workers worldwide. This ecosystem is further extended with the opportunity to engage and transact with four billion mobile subscribers, through Sybase’s messaging and mobile commerce services via reach to 900 mobile operators worldwide.
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.