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SAP and Sybase create mobile business unit

Enterprise software maker SAP and its recently acquired subsidiary Sybase have formed a joint mobile business unit to develop on-demand applications and a single deployment platform.

Enterprise software maker SAP and its recently acquired subsidiary Sybase have formed a joint mobile business unit to develop on-demand applications and a single deployment platform.

The joint initiative will develop mobile business applications as well as a single mobile platform and software development kit (SDK) to make the deployment of enterprise applications easier and more secure across multiple devices.

John Chen, CEO of Sybase, will lead the mobile strategy. "With Sybase as the mobile arm of SAP, we are best positioned to capitalise on one of the most important trends in the industry to deliver the full value of business processes anywhere and on any device," said Chen.

"SAP is focused on enabling our customers to run their businesses better by delivering software - whether on premise, on demand or on device - that is both open and consistent across all deployment options," said SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe.

"The moves we're making today mark yet another key milestone in the execution of this strategy, and further accelerates our ability to bring world-class solutions to our customers around the globe," their statement said.

SAP acquired Sybase for $5.8bn (£3.63bn) in May this year. Sybase specialises in mobile "on-device" software, which is one of the key elements of SAP's growth strategy.

The single mobile platform and software development kit (SDK) will be available in 2011.

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