SAP goes mobile with Sybase

Published on the 08/07/2010 | Written by Newsdesk

SAP’s acquisition of mobile specialist Sybase will allow it to deliver its ERP software to mobile devices…

German-based software giant SAP says it will be able to deliver its enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications to mobile users with its acquisition of Sybase. Customers of database and mobile software company Sybase will benefit from better performance capabilities as a result of the deal.

SAP’s co-chief executive Bill McDermott says the company’s solutions will become available to hundreds of millions of mobile users worldwide.

Companies will be able to stay in with their staff employees anywhere, making it easier to make fast and informed business decisions.

Sybase’s messaging network reaches four billion mobile subscribers worldwide, via mobile alerts, transactions and promotions. The deal means Sybase will be able to offer its secure information management and analytical expertise to new industries and markets where SAP already has a strong presence.

Fellow SAP CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe says mobile devices are becoming the preferred interaction option for business applications across all industries.

“The combination of SAP and Sybase will give users the option of running their operations from leading mobile devices and will unleash the full power of mobility.”

Both companies will continue to be run as separately entities and will collaborate on relevant projects. Sybase will operate as “Sybase, an SAP Company” under its own management team, it says.

SAP paid US$65 a share for Sybase in a deal worth $5.8 billion.

Sybase’s CEO, John Chen, says the merger will drive a new wave of productivity.

“SAP’s in-memory technology in combination with Sybase’s database technology will revolutionise how transactional and analytic applications are built, benefiting all businesses.

SAP has over 97,000 customers in 120 countries.

New Zealand users include Fonterra, Air New Zealand and Carter Holt Harvey. It recently secured the contract to provide the new ‘Supercity’ Auckland Council with an ERP system. Sybase is based in Wellington.

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