SAP Unveils Real-Time Data Strategy, Acquires Mobile App Provider, New Partners
What a busy week for business solutions provider SAP, which announced the acquisition of enterprise mobile application provider Syclo, partnerships with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha, and revealed plans for its real-time data platform, SAP HANA.

All in a Day's Work

SAP made several announcements about its focus on mobile app development and real-time data platform innovations.

SAP announced the acquisition of Syclo, an enterprise mobile app developer. "The addition of Syclo's expertise in building and selling mobile solutions in industries such as utilities, oil & gas, life sciences and manufacturing will immediately enhance SAP mobile solutions," the company explained.

SAP's announcement pointed to the Gartner study that predicted mobile phones will replace PCs as the most common device for Web access by 2013. SAP says that the Syclo acquisition is part of the company's strategy to drive growth and innovation in core applications, analytics, enterprise mobility, cloud and database technology.

With more than 600 customers in 39 countries, Syclo was already a SAP partner, and its apps will be integrated with the SAP mobile platform and Afaria mobile security software. The acquisition should be complete by Q2 of this year.

Friends With Agreements

SAP, Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha have entered into an agreement to provide an open mobile apps development framework. SAP's announcement says the partnerships will let developers build mobile apps based on the choice of client architectures.

Danny Winokur, VP and GM of Interactive Development at Adobe, says the SAP mobile platform complements PhoneGap with mobile enterprise application platform capabilities that extend the company's mobile app ecosystem to the enterprise.

Learning Opportunities

Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator, explains:

Appcelerator's 300,000 mobile developers will soon be able to integrate SAP data into their mobile apps through a single, integrated environment."

And Sencha's CEO, Michael Mullany, says that developers using Sencha Touch and SAP can build applications that mobilize their data assets.

Speaking of Data

SAP also announced general availability of the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) component, which is powered by the SAP HANA in-memory platform. SAP HANA will be the core of the SAP real-time data platform. In November of last year, SAP NetWeaver BW entered its "ramp-up" phase and has now hit enough milestones to make it generally available. The announcement explains:

Ramp-up customers reported significant gains in query performance, massive reduction in load times and compression of data size, significantly reducing amount of data to store and backup. This is a first step in enabling the SAP real-time data platform for both data warehousing and analytic use cases."

In 2010, SAP bought former partner Sybase for US$ 5.8 billion. Now SAP has announced general availability of SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) as a database option for SAP Business Suite applications.

Now SAP plans to spend US$ 155 million in venture capital toward supporting entrepreneurs and investors focused on the real-time applications development. SAP's deep pockets are also rolling out US$ 337 million toward customer adoption of SAP HANA and the SAP real-time data platform.