Telecom Lead America: SAP is planning to buy Syclo, a
provider of enterprise mobile applications and technologies.
The decision to acquire Syclo will drive innovation in
mobile solutions for businesses.
Syclo has expertise in building and selling mobile
solutions in industries such as utilities, oil & gas, life sciences and
Besides enhancing SAP mobile solutions, the acquisition
will accelerate adoption and deployment of new mobile asset management and
field service solutions on Sybase Unwired Platform, part of the SAP mobile
platform and the company’s infrastructure for developing and managing mobile apps.
Mobile phones are expected to overtake PCs as the most
common Web access device worldwide by 2013, according to Gartner.
SAP is keen to drive growth and innovation in core
applications, analytics, enterprise mobility, cloud and database and technology.
“With this acquisition, SAP adds momentum to our
already powerful mobile portfolio, advancing our vision and leadership while
accelerating our mobile apps,” said Sanjay Poonen, president, Global
Syclo has more than 600 customers in 39 countries across
all major asset and mobile-intensive industries.
Syclo offers mobile apps that help companies extend
business systems to a range of mobile devices and users.
Syclo’s services include a mature set of applications
that complement SAP in key mobile areas such as enterprise asset management
(EAM), field services, inventory management and approvals/workflow, and
represents a significant growth opportunity for SAP.
Syclo apps will be integrated with the SAP mobile
platform and SAP Afaria for mobile device management and security.
SAP said the combination of SAP and Syclo will create a
unique solution provider in the industry with market-leading mobile enterprise
applications integrated with a world-class business suite.
“Syclo and SAP have cultivated a strong partnership,
and today’s announcement is the next step in delivering a fully-integrated
mobile platform and enterprise application portfolio to both Syclo and SAP
customers,” said Rich Padula, CEO, Syclo.