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SAP Buys US Mobile Platform House Syclo

SAP said the acquisition “adds momentum to our already powerful mobile portfolio"

German giant SAP said Tuesday, after getting back from the long weekend, that it's going to buy privately held Chicago-based Syclo, a long-established company with a mobile enterprise application platform called Agentry and packaged ERP and CRM apps.

Terms weren't disclosed. The deal should close this quarter.

Syclo has expertise in building applications for utilities, oil & gas, life sciences and manufacturing and counts 600 customers around the world.

SAP said the acquisition "adds momentum to our already powerful mobile portfolio, advancing our vision and leadership while accelerating our mobile apps." And where there are mobile apps, there's a cloud.

SAP is on the trail of seeing €20 in total annual revenues by 2015 versus 14.2 billion last year tickled by mobile solutions.

Evidently Syclo's widgetry will become part of SAP's Mobile Platform. It's supposed to be the "next step in delivering a fully integrated mobile platform and enterprise application portfolio to both Syclo and SAP customers."

SAP wants to step up its efforts into mobile asset management and field service solutions on its Unwired Platform.

Syclo has been an SAP partner. It integrates or will with IBM, Oracle and Tririga as well as SAP. Syclo apps are supposed to be integrated with the SAP mobile platform and SAP Afaria for mobile device management and security.

SAP also announced deals with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha to provide developers with a mobile app development framework. Appelerator to build, test and deploy mobile, desktop and web apps. The Sencha Touch HTML 5 mobile application framework for developing on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and other platforms and developing an open mobile apps development framework based on SAP's mobile platform.

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