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SAP drives openness and choice for mobile app developers

SAP AG today announced agreements with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha to provide users with an open mobile apps development framework for efficient and cost-effective app development on the company’s mobile platform.

“We are seeing rapid innovation in the mobile market, especially in application development environments, frameworks and methodologies,” said Stephen Drake, program VP, Mobility and Telecom, IDC. “It is critical for enterprise mobile applications  platforms to support popular mobile application development environments and leverage the skills of millions of mobile apps developers using these environments. This approach will provide buyers of these enterprise mobile application platforms with the flexibility required to implement a best-fit mobile strategy and future proof their investment.”

By collaborating with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha, SAP will enable millions of developers to effectively build mobile apps based on their choice of client architectures — from native to hybrid Web container to mobile Web, the company said at a press conference in San Francisco today . Developers will be able to do so while leveraging an industry-leading enterprise mobile application platform from SAP.

“As a leader in the enterprise mobility market, SAP is constantly looking for innovative ways to serve our customers and partners, and advance our vision for this market,” said Sanjay Poonen, president, Global Solutions, SAP. “By joining forces with leading mobile app development vendors like Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha, we are making it easier for large communities of developers, in the millions, to innovate on our platform. We believe SAP is the only mobile platform provider delivering on the promise of an open platform architecture that supports innovative third-party development environments and tools, providing flexibility for customers to implement the right mobile app every time. SAP, customers, partners and the entire ecosystem now have a tremendous opportunity to rapidly produce millions of high quality apps using the tool of their choice.”

“To create innovative mobile apps, every company must leverage the creativity and capabilities of in-house developers and millions of developers in the wider mobile ecosystem,” said Poonen. “With our ‘Mobile 2.0′ strategy, we are opening up our unified platform to capture all the innovation that is possible in the mobile world. This advances our vision to bring consumer grade usability and innovation to unwired businesses.”

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