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SAP announced that it is teaming
with long-time partner and consulting powerhouse Capgemini to roll out a new
line of software as a service and platform as a service mobility solutions
based on the Sybase Managed Mobility platform, many of which will support the
overall push by SAP to support mobile access to its back-end systems through
mobile devices.

“Mobility is a real game changer for
the enterprise, and we anticipate that 1 billion people will be unlocking
additional value from their SAP back-office systems via their mobile devices
and tablets,” says Chris McClain, senior vice president, of SAP’s Global Mobility
and Sybase Solutions division.

Capgemini will be able deliver its
new mobile solutions through Sybase ether as on-premise solutions or in hosted
environments through public or private clouds. Capgemini will offer mobile
device management based on Sybase Afaria, including maintenance, hosting and
implementation support. Meanwhile, it will use Sybase Unwired Platform to
develop mobile applications for its customers and it will deliver mobile
enterprise application platform services through the partnership.

Capgemini will be able deliver its
new mobile solutions through Sybase ether as on-premise solutions or in hosted
environments through public or private clouds. Capgemini will offer mobile
device management based on Sybase Afaria, including maintienance, hosting and
implementation support. Meanwhile, it will use Sybase Unwired Platform to
develop mobile applications for its customers and it will deliver mobile
enterprise application platform services through the partnership.

Most notably, Capgemini plans a
managed mobility service that will offer end-to-end solutions for monthly fees
that will pay for mobility software from SAP, hosting and application support.

A consultancy with decades of
experience in mobility and an history with SAP, Capgemini has won SAP Pinnacle
Awards the past two years in a row and supports 2,500 SAP customers
globally.  The new deal between the two
companies was brokered to develop a structured go-to-market model that will
have their sales team cooperate more fully when servicing customers.

According to one executive from The
Coca Cola Refreshments Company, the announcement makes sense given Capgemini’s
involvement in designing and implementing the next generation of SAP workflows
at his company and other similar enterprises.

“Standardizing on mobile platforms
that support multiple mobile operating systems and bring fast ROI and low total
cost of ownership is key to the success of our mobile strategy,” says Dirk Du Toit,
group director of architecture and enabling technologies for Coca Cola.