SAP and Samsung team up to push enterprise Android

SAP and Samsung are reported to be joining forces to make mobile devices running Google's Android operating system safer to use in the corporate environment.

SAP and Samsung Electronics are reported to be joining forces to make mobile devices running Google's Android operating system safer to use in the corporate environment.

The enterprise software maker and the Korean electronics firm are to present their plans at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to US reports citing "people familiar with the matter".

The initiative will include e-mail encryption and making handsets compatible with device-management systems that remotely update software and control phone functions, sources said.

The partnership is SAP’s first with a supplier of Android phones and follows agreements with Blackberry maker Research in Motion and Apple.

The move to provide mobile devices that comply with the security requirements of companies is part of Samsung's plans to sell more Android devices to big business.

Supporting mobile devices in the enterprise is key to SAP's growth strategy too and was the reason behind its $5.8bn acquisition of Sybase in 2010.

The Sybase acquisition gave SAP a foothold in the mobility market, where mobile data access is becoming increasingly important, as businesses take advantage of the power of smartphones to access enterprise systems.

Global sales of mobile devices that can handle business e-mail and streaming video, increased 47% in the last quarter of 2011 to 149 million units, according to Gartner.

One of the companies benefiting from SAP’s mobile strategy is Barloworld, a company specialising in materials handling equipment and the UK dealer for Hyster fork-lift trucks. 

Barloworld is using SAP's mobile asset management application to consolidate 26 locations to six. The software links to the company’s SAP ERP, enabling technicians to access inventory via mobile devices.

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