SAP has revealed plans to expand its mobile application offerings, particularly in the areas of asset management, inventory management and field services, with the acquisition of US-firm Syclo for an undisclosed sum.
The purchase comes as the German software giant also launched a major new integrated database offering, which offers customers a best-of-breed offering from its three major databases: Hana, Sybase ASE and Sybase IQ.
"It's been a really busy day," Adrian Simpson, SAP chief technology officer, told V3.
"We have been a partner with Syclo for a while because if its strength in asset management and field services, and now we are bringing this knowledge to SAP."
Syclo boasts 600 customers in 39 countries, and SAP claimed it would strengthen its offerings particularly in the energy and manufacturing industries.
Simpson said Syclo's applications will be integrated with the SAP Sybase Unwired mobile platform to give customers a common platform for development, and with SAP's Afaria product to give the applications enhanced mobile device management and security.
The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012.
SAP first entered the mobile market with the acquisition of Sybase in May 2010, and the firm has since focused on driving the uptake of mobile applications in businesses, with notable success.
In February, SAP released updated its Afaria mobile systems management tool, with a new user interface for simplified administration, improved workflow and enterprise integration capabilities.
SAP said the update will help businesses manage the increasing number of mobile devices employees are bringing in to the enterprise.
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