Sybase Unwired Platform Targets Information Workers

A number of SAP partners are lining up mobile solutions using the new Sybase Unwired Platform, the latest iteration of which was released August 9. The platform enhancements are the latest developments in Sybase’s ongoing development of SAP functionality for mobile solutions following its sale to SAP earlier this year. The latest iteration of the Sybase Unwired Platform "has a huge focus on information worker enablement," says Tony Kueh, senior director mobility product management at Sybase. "In the past we have focused on field service and ruggedized applications. With the announcements in May of SAP Mobile CRM and Mobile Workflow for SAP Business Suite, we now have a single platform that enables both types of users in the enterprise."

iPhone support is also new for the platform, which already supports BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. Android support will be available in the near future, says Kueh.

With this release, Sybase also makes available to any developer the tooling used build the apps that Sybase co-branded with SAP, note Kueh. This way, developers can build applications to an SAP back end or any other back end they may wish to connect to. "We understand that an enterprise is not a uniform back end," says Kueh. "It’s not just SAP, maybe it’s SAP plus Oracle plus IBM plus Microsoft. We maintain back-end neutrality all the way, and reiterate that as part of an SAP-family company. We want to make sure we can deliver all-encompassing end user value, and mobility is horizontal."

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