NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. and NEW YORK, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP America, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), and Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) expanded their agreement to jointly market and sell key components of Verizon's Managed Mobility portfolio (Mobile Device Management and Security and Mobile Services Enablement Platform) so that customers can easily access their on-premise and cloud-based SAP® applications virtually anytime, anywhere via Verizon's business-class cloud.
The updated agreement makes Verizon the first SAP partner to provide end-to-end enterprise cloud and mobility offerings. As a result, enterprises can simplify and speed the delivery of mobile applications from SAP to smartphones — and now, tablets — so that mobile workers can work just as effectively while away from the office.
In separate news, Verizon today announced enhancements to its Managed Mobility portfolio that will enable stronger security features and enhanced capabilities for SAP and Verizon customers, including support for industry-leading iOS and Android OS-based tablets. These new enhancements feature the Afaria® mobile device management solution, and provide enterprise-to-edge security and back-office application extension capabilities such as security policy enforcement, application delivery and device management profiles.
"SAP is consistently looking for simplified and secure ways for customers to use our solutions, while increasing agility and also reducing total cost of ownership," said Kaj van de Loo, senior vice president, Technology Strategy, SAP. "Verizon provides a secure, high-performance cloud infrastructure that's ideal for the delivery of mobile applications from SAP, and this agreement and co-sell arrangement further accelerate the value companies can gain from our offerings while controlling costs for an immediate business benefit."
Through Verizon's leading cloud platform, Computing as a Service (CaaS), enterprises can tap into the benefits of mobile applications delivered from the cloud to make the virtual office even more functional. CaaS offers clients the ability to manage and control their computing environments via a secure Web portal. Also, enterprises can add additional security and resiliency features to maintain a robust environment for the delivery of mobile applications.
"Companies today are increasingly utilizing the cloud to provide speed and access to business information in order to gain a competitive edge," said Kerry Bailey, group president of cloud strategy and services, Verizon. "By working with SAP to provide the business-class cloud platform for mobile application delivery, enterprises can transform their business by truly enabling the productivity of mobile employees so they don't miss a beat."
SAP Extends Relationship With Verizon
By extending its relationship with Verizon, SAP is helping global enterprises transform their organizations by arming them with the latest mobility and cloud offerings that are designed to work together over Verizon's enterprise-class cloud platform, CaaS. SAP recently announced the delivery of the SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) rapid-deployment solution to enterprise workers through Verizon's CaaS offering, including the Sybase® Mobile Sales application for SAP CRM and the Sybase® Mobile Workflow application for SAP Business Suite (see "Verizon, SAP Team Up on Cloud Enterprise Application Delivery"). Verizon is the first certified global provider for SAP cloud-based services.
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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 104 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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