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September 14, 2011

SAP, Sybase release Unwired Platform 2.1

Standardised mobile enterprise application platform to seed up application development

By CBR Staff Writer

SAP AG and Sybase, an SAP company and mobile software provider have released SybaseUnwired Platform 2.1.

The companies believe mobile application development will speed up through a standardised mobile enterprise application platform. SAP said that the latest release will improve the mobile application development experience through enhancements to its software development kit (SDK) and new developer resources for the more than 2 million members of SAP Community Network.

Launching the new platform at SAP TechEd 2011, Las Vegas, SAP said that "as enterprises adopt mobile applications, they are often faced with point solutions not capable of accessing critical data across the entire enterprise."

The company said that Sybase Unwired Platform 2.1 and mobile SDK aim to provide a collection of new tooling, server components and libraries for enable mobile and Web developers to create a range of mobile applications across various device platforms, including iOS, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile.

The latest platform release is planned to include support for SAP data integration through SAP NetWeaver Gateway technology. In addition, Sybase’s mobile device management (MDM) offering, Afaria, can be added to the platform said the comapny.

Sybase executive vice president, chief marketing officer and head of Mobile Applications Dr. Raj Nathan said with an existing developer community network of more than 2 million members and an SAP customer base of more than 170,000, there is tremendous opportunity for SAP and Sybase to innovate around and execute on-device strategy.

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Nathan said, "The high interest in mobile apps and online store-like environments in the consumer space is now extending to the enterprise. However, the model requires a much different architectural approach to be successful. This marks a significant release for the entire mobile app developer community and our growing partner ecosystem, as they now have a standards-based, unified platform and community program to rally around and deliver high volumes of enterprise mobility apps."

SAP and Sybase also announced interface support for App Store Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for Business with Afaria.

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