SAP to Run Native Apps on Blackberry

Research In Motion and German-based SAP announced on Friday that a new, mobile version of SAP business software will be available on BlackBerry smartphones in the coming months. SAP’s business management software is called SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and is already used on other mobile devices, including the BlackBerry, through a browser. But this new software allows business employees to be even more mobile with information directly on the device.

It will allow business information, such as sales reports, purchase orders, contact information, and customer records all to be readily available on the BlackBerry, just like e-mail. It’s also GPS-enabled and can print maps and store several dozen hours of video.

SAP CRM application will be the first to run native on the BlackBerry smartphone and integrate with RIM’s email, address and calendar apps. Companies that already have SAP’s CRM apps for the BlackBerry will “require only basic user training and minimal incremental IT infrastructure investments.”

RIM will enhance its framework for building workflow-enabled apps. Once this framework is in place more SAP applications will be available on the BlackBerry.

Deployments will be centrally managed and companies that already have BlackBerry Enterprise Server and SAP apps can use their existing infrastructure.

Source: ZDNet

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