SAP Bares Sybase Plan

Michael Vizard

SAP and its Sybase business unit promised today that customers will see the first fruits of this acquisition within the next nine months.

The centerpiece of that effort will be the integration of the Sybase Unwired platform with SAP's NetWeaver middleware and the enterprise applications that run on top of it.

The goal, said John Chen who will continue lead an independent Sybase unit, is to have this work completed before the next two major SAP and Sybase user conferences. In addition, Chen said that the two companies will create a software development kit to allow third-party applications on top of the combined Unwired-NetWeaver platform.

According to Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO of SAP, mobile computing technology will act as a force multiplier in the SAP ecosystem by making information stored in SAP applications more accessible to a broad array of end users. SAP applications can be accessed on on-premise enterprise servers or through software-as-a-service applications managed by SAP or other providers.


Though SAP applications soon will run on top of the Sybase database and Sybase brings new analytics capabilities to SAP, the biggest value Sybase is bringing to SAP will be more widespread use of SAP applications on mobile devices.

In particular, according to SAP CTO Vishal Sikka, the goal of the merger will be able to move massive amounts of data from SAP applications to analytics applications running in memory that can then be accessed in real time across 4G wireless networks.

In the meantime, if the two companies hit their nine-month integration goal, the acquisition of Sybase might also mark the beginning of a new era at SAP, which is widely considered to be notoriously slow in bringing new applications and technologies to market.

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