New Version of SAP® Mobile Platform to Provide Unmatched Productivity, Flexibility and Scalability for Secure App Development

    New Version of SAP® Mobile Platform to Provide Unmatched Productivity,
 Flexibility and Scalability for Secure App Development On Premise and in the

Customers to Rapidly and Cost-Effectively Develop, Deploy and Manage
User-Centric B2E, B2B and B2C Mobile Apps With Broad Set of Services and
Support for Open Standards

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LAS VEGAS, Oct. 22, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet heavy business demand for
secure, cost-effective mobile app development both on premise and in the
cloud, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced the 3.0 release of SAP® Mobile
Platform and a cloud version powered by the SAP HANA® platform for real-time
enterprise performance. The latest versionsare intended to provide unmatched
productivity for developers via a comprehensive set of platform services, an
open standards-based architecture and by embracing a "bring-your-own-tools"
(BYOT) strategy through integration with third-party development tools.
Millions of developers shall be able to use SAP Mobile Platform to create
beautiful user-centric employee, business and consumer mobile apps, rather
than spending time learning new tools and protocols. The announcement was made
at SAP® TechEd, being held October 21-25 in Las Vegas.


"Today's most successful businesses run mobile, so to stay competitive
companies need to move quickly to implement a future-proof mobile strategy on
an integrated, open, standards-based mobile platform," said Anthony Reynolds,
senior vice president, Worldwide Mobile Sales and Solutions, SAP. "We worked
extensively with customers and partners to design and build our breakthrough
new platform to provide a seamless user experience that lowers total cost of
ownership for IT and lowers total cost of development for any type of mobile
app. Early interest and feedback is fantastic and we are excited to bring this
new platform to the broader market."

With a forecasted 102 billion mobile apps to be downloaded in 2013^i, many app
developers now prefer to develop for mobile devices over desktops.

"Our research shows that all applications will be mobilized, making full
application lifecycle management critical for protecting mobile investment,"
said Chris Marsh, principal analyst, Yankee Group. "Companies will look to
integrated platforms along with open standards and interoperability to gain
longevity. The leading mobile app platforms will be characterized by open and
extensible architectures, an API management and data orchestration layer,
extensive developer libraries, agnosticism to tools, infrastructures and
standards, integrated testing and analytics and a rich ecosystem."

As the leader in helping companies large and small mobilize their
businesses^ii, SAP plans to offer one of the most mature and proven mobile app
development platforms. To expand on the previous integration of Sybase®
Unwired Platform, the 3.0 release of SAP Mobile Platform shall integrate the
primary mobile application solutions from SAP — including SAP Netweaver®
Gateway technology, Sybase Mobiliser and Syclo Agentry — to meet current and
future mobile app use cases. The combination is envisioned to provide
businesses of all sizes and in all industries a complete, highly flexible
platform capable of handling mobile requirements for designing, building,
testing, deploying, scaling and securely optimizing any app for any user.

"User adoption of the apps we created with SAP Mobile Platform has been
tremendous," said Peter Matzek, business product owner, Varian Medical Systems
Inc. "Four hundred engineers were running the field service app within a
month, and as soon as word spread about how great it was, the rest asked, 'How
can I get it?' Having the tools you need to do your job better is a good
feeling, especially when you are helping to save lives."

Broad Set of Platform Services
To deliver a cost-effective solution for designing employee, business and
consumer mobile apps, SAP Mobile Platform shall not require re-engineering of
processes, resources or existing infrastructure. The platform is designed to
keep developers "out of the weeds" and focused on creating a compelling user
experience building on essential core and application services. These are
envisioned to include core services that run in mobile apps, such as
authentication, onboarding configuration, life-cycle management, logging and
data integration; app services targeted for more specific functions around
mobile commerce, including couponing, loyalty and mobile banking, and
geolocation. Support for native, hybrid, meta-data driven, mobile Web and SMS
app architectures is also planned to be featured.

Open, Standards-Based Platform
To provide a premier user experience for developers without requiring training
on new tools, SAP Mobile Platform is intended to offer a future-ready
architecture based on open-standards and open-source technologies that
incorporate the latest mobile technologies. These shall include offline
capabilities using the Open Data Protocol (OData) standard; OSGi architecture
with Spring and Equinox frameworks; open-source Apache Cordova container with
platform plug-ins; extensive use of HTML5 both in the product and for building
apps; and HTTP REST APIs common across the on-premise and cloud versions of
the platform.

Unparalled Developer Productivity Improvements
To optimize productivity while helping reduce development time and maintenance
costs, developers shall still be able to choose their preferred development
tools, augmented with software developer kits (SDKs) provided by SAP and
libraries for building native and hybrid apps. Additional capabilities to help
reduce total cost of development shall include common SDK for both on-premise
and cloud mobile apps; WYSIWYG development environment for HTML5 apps; BYOT
support; standards-based data integration; and offline/synchronization

"'Bring-your-own-device' is dramatically increasing smartphone and tablet
usage in the enterprise, thereby elevating mobile apps to the mission-critical
sphere for all businesses today," said Morris Beton, general manager,
Developer Programs & Strategic Alliances, Intel. "The requirement for mobile
apps demands that IT provide a highly scalable mobile platform for effective
support. To better understand how SAP Mobile Platform provides a foundation of
valuable tools for IT and developers in a single deployment, SAP and Intel
engineers benchmarked a representative system under a full range of mobile app
scenarios. We found the 3.0 version can easily scale from hundreds of users to
thousands, delivering the level of support users expect from enterprise IT

Unified Cloud Offering for Faster, Simpler Innovation
The cloud version of SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 is built on the SAP HANA® Cloud
Platform, an open, standards-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that shall
allow SAP customers and partners to build and deploy custom applications in
SAP data centers around the world. The cloud version shall also allow for
rapid deployment of packaged, highly scalable native and hybrid apps on iOS,
Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry. As part of SAP HANA Cloud
Platform, mobile cloud version users also have access to other services,
including analytics, integration, security and SAP HANA.

SAP Runs SAP Mobile Platform
Internally, SAP relies on the unique ability of SAP Mobile Platform to scale
and support more than 55,000 devices and 60 mobile apps across all business
functions, including sales, marketing, services, development and operations.

"We run enterprise mobility at scale and require a highly secure and flexible
platform to support all major mobile device types," said Mike Golz, CIO, SAP
Americas. "SAP Mobile Platform is the industry-leading solution that allows us
to quickly evolve with the rapidly changing mobile market. We anticipate
significant developer, IT and business benefits from the latest release based
on the integration of best-in-class SAP mobile technology into a single,
end-to-end solution."

A 30-day free trial of SAP Mobile Platform is available on SAP® Community
Network in the Developer Center for SAP Mobile Platform and a free mobile
development course is available on the openSAP platform. SAP also wants to
collaborate with the best and brightest developers to build a community of
amazing mobile apps and send the winner of its upcoming "Mobile Game On" app
contest on the trip of a lifetime in 2014. To learn more, visit

For more information, including additional announcements and coverage from SAP
TechEd Las Vegas, visit the SAP Newsroom.

^iGartner "Forecast: Mobile App Stores, Worldwide, 2013 Update" by Sandy Shen
and Brian Blau, September 5, 2013
^iiGartner "Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms" by
Ian Finley, Van Baker, Ken Parmelee, David Mitchell Smith, Ray Valdes, Gordon
Van Hulzen, August 7, 2013

SAP® TechEd in 2013: Las Vegas, Amsterdam, and Bangalore
SAP customers, partners, and technical experts are expected to convene at SAP®
TechEd in 2013, the company's premier technical conference. Hands-on
workshops, demo-driven lectures, and Q&A sessions on the latest developments
in analytics, mobile, cloud, database, and in-memory computing enable SAP
TechEd attendees to enhance their skills while making valuable connections
with peers and IT experts from the SAP community. SAP TechEd is being held in
Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 21-25, and will be held in Amsterdam,
Netherlands, from November 5-7; and Bangalore, India, from December 11-13.
Follow SAP TechEd on Twitter at @SAPTechEd and join the conversation at

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