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Mobile – Next steps?

Hi all,

Long time reader, first time blogger – thanks for the prompt John Moy…..

I have been sifting though all the doco and blogs that are out there so far regarding SAP’s recent purchase of Syclo – a good play for them I think as it helps position them better in the Field Services Mobility space.

In addition, I have been speaking to SAP and Syclo reps here (Australia) and in the US, in an attempt to figure out what it means for my company and the way we are going to play in this space from now on. What I have seen and heard so far is that SAP has not really told anyone much…….due to waiting on regulator approval for the transaction. If like me, you have had the sales guys in and they have promised a great system that is both easy to use and even easier to migrate to.  Here, we have successfully engaged with another SAP Mobility Partner since 2007, who were recommended to us by SAP in the first place.

Like many of you, we have Mobility projects in place, in train or about to start, therefore, we are contemplating our next steps whilst we wait for the internal tug of war between the Sybase and Sylco platforms to be run, won and integrated into a stable environment. What I am after is some details, has anyone in the forum seen anything, heard anything other that the SAP Mobility Platform is coming? How will the licensing look post integration? How will the architecture requirements change? Can we take a subset of the platform on offer or must we take the full compliment of Sybase, Syclo, Afaria etc etc? Has anyone participated in SAP’s Mobility Visioning Experience? If so, what did yo think about the process?

Given the ever changing face of this marketplace, I’d love a bit of stability and solid direction. Given SAP have spent billions in the space, the question I have is, how soon can they consolidate two former competing entities and bring a unified and concise strategy to the market.?

I’ve enjoyed all of the posts you guys have put out there, nice to get a view on what others are thinking. I look forward to the “post regulatory approval world of mobility” and the information that it hopefully brings.

As an aside…… I had some feedback that the recent SAPphire event in Orlando was all HANA, did any of you attend and chat to the mobility partners that were there? Have you got any feedback that you can share?



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      Author's profile photo Dagfinn Parnas
      Dagfinn Parnas

      Forwarded the question through twitter ( and these are the responses I've gotten so far:


      Syclo was acquired for the variety of mobile apps that they had.To me the acquisition has no bearing on SUP.The apps of Syclo with some heavy lifting can be deployed on SUP or any such platform.SAP's gunning for RDS style mobility app deployment called "productivity apps" as low barrier entry point 4 clients on SUP. SUP is a platform/license play for SAP and syclo bolsters SAP's stable of mobile apps.And the RDS apps r plugNplay on SUP


      @Gurush_ I agree largely but I have heard some talk of letting customers run apps on Syclo for now

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      Thanks Dagfinn, I appreciate your response.