SAP’s product plans for its Sybase acquisition will involve adding mobile support to all of its applications, analytics and information management tools in a bid to foster an "unwired enterprise", where mobile devices are the "new desktop".
The enterprise software giant purchased Sybase for £3.7 billion in May, but had partnered with the firm for as much as three years before that. It confirmed that Sybase was to be run as a separate business unit and that all existing products would still be supported.
John Chen, Sybase’s chief executive, said: "Working alongside SAP, we will take mobility to the next level by extending analytics and bringing our technologies to new vertical markets. With SAP’s investment in Sybase’s technologies, we’ll be able to extend our existing solutions to an even broader audience and more rapidly innovate as the market’s needs continue to evolve."
Within the next nine months, SAP intends to add mobile support, based on Sybase’s Unwired environment, to all of its business applications, which include its Business ByDesign software-as-a-services offerings. The products will take a similar form to Sybase Mobile Sales for SAP CRM and Sybase Mobile Workflow for SAP Business Suite, which were released in March.
A software developer’s kit will also be made available to both customers and third party channel partners to enable them to develop add-on vertical market applications to run alongside the vendor’s packages.
A further aim is to integrate SAP’s NetWeaver Mobile software component and its BusinessObjects acquisition’s Mobile business intelligence (BI) tools with Sybase’s Unwired environment to create a "single mobile development and deployment platform with integrated analytics", the company said.
Its Business Suite of applications will likewise be ported to Sybase’s Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) mobile database, which will also support BusinessObjects’ BI tools. SAP’s in-memory processing technology will additionally be integrated into ASE to speed up the processing of BI queries.