At a Tuesday morning press conference San Francisco, SAP - the Germany-based enterprise middleware and database specialist - disclosed that it has acquired enterprise mobile infrastructure provider Syclo, in a move which will potentially help the company in bringing on its industrial-grade software for use in mobile devices.
The Syclo acquisition is a significant one from SAP's point of view as nearly 40 percent of the company's installed base is in the manufacturing sphere, and Syclo is proficient in developing and selling customized mobile solutions in sectors like manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, and life sciences.
While the financial terms of the acquisition deal remained undisclosed, the completion of the transaction - which will mark the addition of new-generation mobile capabilities by SAP - will evidently see SAP integrating Syclo apps with the company's platform as well as SAP Afaria for mobile device management and security.
Noting that SAP's initial move in the direction of providing mobile data management for industrial use came two years back when the company took over Sybase, analyst Gene Signorini - from Yankee Group - told eWEEK that SAP has shown "some real foresight in the fact that mobility is transforming enterprise computing."
Further adding that SAP has actually remained committed to Sybase over the last two-year period and has been seriously promoting their products to developers, at even at the Sapphire event, Signorini said that the company's decision to acquire Sycle was clearly "a re-affirmation of that commitment."