SAP is working with its newly acquired Sybase subsidiary to produce a mobile platform for its Business Suite and Business ByDesign software-as-a-service ERP suite.
is promising that its $5.8 billion acquisition of Sybase
will start to
return tangible benefits for customers within the next nine months when the two
companies deliver a mobile business applications platform based on open
standards that will run on many different mobile devices and operating systems.
months after announcing its buyout of Sybase,
a 26-year-old producer of relational database software and mobile data
, SAP brought together customers, industry analysts and media in
Boston on Aug. 19 to discuss how the two companies will work together.
officials confirmed an earlier promise to continue operating Sybase
independent subsidiary and that John Chen would continue as Sybase CEO and
assume an important position on the SAP management team.
the company confirmed that it will focus its joint product development in three
areas: enterprise mobility, business analytics and enterprise information
management. The overall goal of this product development will be to make SAP "the only company in the world
to deliver the full suite of enterprise software and next-generation business
intelligence on any device at any time" anywhere in the world, said SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott.
acquisition, SAP partnered with Sybase to bring the SAP Customer Relationship Management
suite to mobile devices. A major driver of SAP's decision to acquire Sybase was to
meld the two companies' technologies to bring the broader SAP Business Suite to a mobile
environment, McDermott noted. Now the company is also promising to bring the
company's Business ByDesign Enterprise Resource Planning suite for small and
midsize companies to its promised mobile platform.
clear that Sybase was already "a leader in Japan and especially China, which as we all know is now the
second largest economy in the world and a place where we need to grow our
business," McDermott noted. Mobile technology has enabled business
uses in China and Japan "to skip the desktop all
together. In fact, mobile is the new desktop," McDermott noted.