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SAP in pact with three boutiques, enhances its mobile platform

SAP gained a major presence in mobile development with its 2010 acquisition of Sybase in 2010, but it continues to look to advance its mobile offerings. This week, SAP announced agreements with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha to provide users with a more versatile open mobile apps development framework. 

SAP’s collaboration with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha will enable developers to effectively build mobile apps based on their choice of client architecture. Developers will be able to do so while leveraging a mobile application platform. The products involved in the agreement include Adobe PhoneGap, Appcelerator Titanium and Sencha Touch.

Adobe PhoneGap is a hybrid Web app runtime environment that allows developers to author native mobile applications with Web technologies such as HTML5. Applications built using PhoneGap have access to device APIs and can be published across major app stores.

Appcelerator Titanium is an Eclipse-based IDE, SDK and library of connectors used to build, test and
deploy mobile and Web applications. Titanium SDK is billed as enabling the deployment of native, hybrid and mobile Web apps all from a single JavaScript code base.

Meanwhile, Sencha Touch is an HTML5 mobile application framework. Sencha Touch includes built-in capabilities to make it easier to build applications that align with business architectures. The application framework also enables developers to build apps that work on multiple platforms such as iOS, Android and Blackberry.

Viewers suggest these boutique players represent  a cross-section of key open-source mobile tools today, and may come to effectively expand the developer base for SAP/Sybase mobile efforts. – Ryan Punzalan

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