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SAP – RIM Partnership Announced!

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RIM and SAP have joined forces to take enterprise mobility to the next level, by bringing anytime, anywhere mobile access to SAP enterprise applications on BlackBerry® smartphones.

SAP Applications Integrated with BlackBerry Smartphones
A native suite of SAP applications will soon be integrated into the BlackBerry® solution, giving mobile users the ability to work freely on SAP with the same ease of use they are accustomed to when working at their desktops.

The first planned outcome expected from this new partnership is a native BlackBerry smartphone client that will merge the power of the SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application with core BlackBerry smartphone applications, including the BlackBerry Email, Address Book and Calendar applications, to deliver an indispensable tool for sales people.

Not having to learn to navigate new applications means less training time and greater adoption among users, which translates into more productivity across the organization.

The partnership also means IT departments can move ahead with mobilization of CRM applications to their SAP user base with far less deployment and support resources.

“By having a native application on a BlackBerry smartphone that easily extends functionality but retains the native ease of use, users will find it non-intrusive to adopt applications such as CRM,” says Mary Wardley, vice president, CRM Applications at research firm IDC.

Benefits Ahead for SAP Customers
Low Incremental Cost of Ownership – Businesses that have already deployed BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and SAP applications can leverage their existing investments and keep deployment and maintenance costs at a minimum.

Market-Leading Enterprise-Class Security – End-to-end security comes from the proven security capability of SAP in enterprise applications combined with the renowned wireless security of the BlackBerry platform.

Automated Data Synchronization – The new solution leverages the push-based architecture of BlackBerry Enterprise Server to automate data synchronization between business systems and mobile applications. BlackBerry smartphone users can use the mobile enterprise application even in the absence of network coverage. Once back in coverage, all updates queued on the handset and back-end servers are automatically transferred with no user action required.

Easy Deployment – The mobile device management capabilities of BlackBerry Enterprise Server allow IT groups to centrally manage and wirelessly deploy mobile applications to BlackBerry smartphones.

Expanded Reach of SAP® Business Suite Applications – Users rely on their BlackBerry smartphones for access to people and information on the go, so it becomes easier to introduce new enterprise applications with a far greater adoption rate.

Stay Tuned! More information on the exciting RIM-SAP partnership is coming your way in future editions of BlackBerry Connection.

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