SAP moving with ‘the speed of a cheetah and the power of an elephant” in mobile

Milja Gillespie

There is nothing quite like the buzz of an acquisition to get me energized about being in the mobile market. The first quarter of the year didn’t disappoint with several acquisitions of smaller players by big companies. Now, as we are only days into Q2, the pace is already quickening with yesterday’s news of SAP’s plans to acquire Syclo. And, if an acquisition isn’t enough excitement for one day, we also announced collaboration with mobile vendors Adobe (PhoneGap), Appcelerator and Sencha to bring ease of use, cost effectiveness and more choice to mobile app development.

I decided to follow the news via Twitter and quickly got bombarded with over 1,400 tweets on the topic. The excitement from followers at the press conference in San Francisco, people following online, and even in the office was great. Some were surprised by the news, commenting “SAP goes big in mobility!” Others discussed the big picture commenting that “It’s obvious that SAP is in it to win it in enterprise mobility…”

Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates was quoted in TabTimes as saying “SAP is doubling down on mobile because it sees it’s a critical aspect of where business computing is headed. What they’re saying is “smartphone, tablet, whatever device, we don’t care, we’ll support it.”

The great news is that Syclo is no stranger to SAP. The companies have been partners since 2009. Syclo’s SMART family of enterprise mobile apps already integrate with SAP’s ERP and CRM products and are built on SAP’s Sybase Unwired Platform.  Both SAP’s and Syclo’s apps can be integrated into a wide variety of enterprise solutions, staying true to SAP’s strategy to deliver mobile apps to both SAP and non-SAP systems.

SAP employees were quick to welcome Syclo to the family. Their domain expertise and industry-leading apps will significantly drive innovation in enterprise mobility.

To wrap up, I think Sanjay Poonen, SAP’s president of Global Solutions, put it best when quoted in the TabTimes article “We have the largest mobile sales force of any company and now we’re going to double down. We’re going to be aggressive with the speed of a cheetah and the power of an elephant.“