LAS VEGAS, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Sybase, Inc., an SAP company and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software, today premiered interface support for App Store® Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for Business with Afaria®, the industry-leading mobile device and application management solution from Sybase. By enabling streamlined and secure application deployment and management for enterprise users through an enhanced on-device app portal, Afaria helps extend App Store's reach into the enterprise market. Today's announcement was made at SAP® TechEd 2011, co-located with Sybase TechWave and being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from September 12-16.
Using Afaria, an IT organization can scale the deployment and management of enterprise mobile apps acquired through App Store VPP. Companies can assign and deploy mobile applications to specific employees who are authorized to use the application and access the associated corporate data. Organizations can also allocate and track licenses used, improving transparency.
"The App Store, being a key driver in bringing mobile applications to consumers, can be a powerful channel extending to the enterprise thousands of business apps designed to increase employee productivity and transform business processes," said Stacy Crook, senior analyst for Mobile Enterprise Research at IDC. "Sybase's rich enterprise experience in over-the-air deployment and on-device portal technology has the potential to help set the standard of how business applications are delivered to the growing mobile workforce."
For individual mobile workers, Afaria has made it easier to acquire applications through the App Store VPP. After the IT organization imports redemption data on volume purchases into Afaria and assigns applications to user groups, end-users can launch the Afaria App Portal to download the application without entering redemption codes or resorting to reimbursement later.
"By adding support for the App Store Volume Purchase Program, the Afaria solution will be able to help enterprises quickly and easily deploy a broad range of business applications within their organization," said Dr. Raj Nathan, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and head of Mobile Applications, Sybase.
For more than a decade, Afaria has transformed enterprises and managed mobility partners around the world by empowering the mobile workforce. Afaria enables companies to fully manage and secure a wide range of personal and corporate smartphones and tablets, including Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and more, in both hosted and behind-the-firewall environments. Additionally, Afaria's seamless over-the-air (OTA) delivery of in-house and publicly available apps, combined with on-device enterprise portal technology, helps ensure that only approved mobile users are granted access to internal applications and data.
Afaria support for the App Store Volume Purchase Program for Business is planned for availability in the second half of September 2011. For more information on Afaria and Sybase Managed Mobility, visit www.sybase.com/afaria and www.sybase.com/mobilize/managed-mobility.
SAP and Sybase today also announced Sybase® Unwired Platform 2.1, which will enrich the mobile application development experience through significant enhancements to its software development kit (SDK) and new developer resources for the more than 2 million members of SAP® Community Network (see "SAP and Sybase to Fuel Enterprise Mobile Application Development With Latest Release of Sybase Unwired Platform").
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Sybase TechWave 2011
Sybase's long-running TechWave conference is co-located with SAP® TechEd, September 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. TechWave continues to deliver targeted training on Sybase products and offers attendees shared access to SAP TechEd sessions and activities.
SAP® TechEd 2011 in Las Vegas, Bangalore, Madrid, and Beijing
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