SAP acquires Syclo to fuel developer interest in enterprise apps

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SAP has acquired mobile enterprise services firm Syclo, a move to meet growing demand for mobile workforce services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Syclo supplies enterprise mobility applications to 600 customers in 39 countries. Its SMART Mobile Suite includes prepackaged and pre-integrated apps targeting a range of mobile devices and business verticals, including the utilities, oil and gas, life sciences and manufacturing sectors. SAP plans to integrate Syclo apps into its existing mobile platform and SAP Afaria mobile device management and security tools, targeting areas like enterprise asset management, field services, inventory management and approvals/workflow.

SAP applications and services support more than 183,000 customers. The Syclo acquisition follows recent SAP partnerships with mobile development platform providers Adobe Systems, Appcelerator and Sencha. Close to two years ago, SAP scooped up enterprise software and services company Sybase, parent of mobile messaging solutions provider Sybase 365, for $5.8 billion; SAP purchased Sybase to accelerate the reach of its solutions across mobile platforms.

Research firm Yankee Group said SAP is seeking to broaden its appeal with developers, integrating with popular tools for HTML5 and hybrid applications in an effort to expand its mobile business-to-consumer portfolio.

"SAP's announcements are further validation of the increasing importance of mobility within enterprise computing, and they are a continuation of the strategic initiative the company put in motion in 2010," said Yankee Group Senior VP of Research Eugene Signorini. "However, SAP still has more work to do to incorporate these announced initiatives into its set of mobility offerings. Additionally, SAP's activities should trigger additional shifts in the enterprise mobile software and application landscape. IBM and Oracle especially are in the hot seat and should consider their own acquisitions. Specifically, companies like Antenna Software, Feed Henry, Apperian, Verivo, MoSync and Xamarin come to mind."

For more:
- read this release
- read this Yankee Group blog entry

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