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SAP plans to dominate mobility, database markets with SUP, in-memory

SAP says it’s moving on a range of fronts, from the further development of its HANA in-memory platform to new mobile partnerships and the acquisition of Syclo, a mobile application developer.

SAP used a slew of new announcements Tuesday to paint bigger picture, showing it was no longer just an ERP vendor but a leader with new mobility, in-memory and database technologies.

The company made the announcements, which ran from developments in HANA, the SAP in-memory database platform, to the news it was acquiring Syclo, a mobile application provider, at a mobile technology conference in San Francisco.

On the SAP database side, SAP made its Business Warehouse (BW) on HANA generally available, one month earlier than originally planned, according to chief technology officer Vishal Sikka. That option means SAP’s 16,000 BW customers can benefit from the faster performance the configuration brings, including decreased data load times and better data compression, Sikka said. Sixteen ramp-up customers are already live on the technology, he said.

SAP also made the SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise generally available as a database option for SAP Business Suite software applications.

Additionally, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) 10, which went into ramp-up last year, is now generally available. BPC 10 is also compatible with the HANA platform. 

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Sikka said SAP is on track to deliver SAP Business One running on HANA alone as its transactional database later this year.

SAP to buy Syclo
SAP plans to acquire Syclo, a mobile application provider based in Hoffman Estates, Ill., that specializes in industry-specific applications in areas like utilities, the oil and gas industry and manufacturing. SAP did not announce what it was paying for Syclo, which claims 600 customers in 39 countries.

According to Sanjay Poonen, head of global technologies and go-to-markets at SAP, his company is acquiring Syclo for products like its enterprise asset management and field service software.

“We’re not buying it for the platform” he said, noting that Syclo software will be integrated with the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) as well as its Sybase Afaria device management platform. “We’re buying it for the applications.”

HANA adoption funds 
SAP also announced two separate funding programs to help spur the adoption of HANA and SAP in-memory technology.

The first is a $337 million SAP HANA adoption program to help customers transition off legacy database systems. 

“There’s tremendous growth with HANA,” Steve Lucas, executive vice president of business analytics and database technologies at SAP said about the adoption fund. “So there’s a high desire on our part to [take advantage of that trend] and see as many customers as physically possible benefiting from HANA.” 

The second, a $155 million capital fund will go toward investments in companies working on developing real-time applications and will be run by SAP Ventures. Lucas said both programs would be run on a case-by-case basis, “but the funds are there.”

SAP Sybase Unwired Platform development

SAP also announced plans to expand the SUP through partnerships with high-tech companies Appcelerator, Adobe and Sencha, a mobile application provider based in Redwood City, Calif. The agreement opens up the mobile app development environment and allows developers to create apps on SUP using a variety of mobile technologies, according to SAP.  

Poonen said partnering with those companies now allows that community of developers – which SAP says numbers in the millions collectively among the three entities – to turn their efforts towards building SAP mobile apps.


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