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SAP is also taking steps to make its SAP Mobile Platform available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, a move the company said will support the development of third-party applications for those operating systems. A free trial version of the platform is available through the SAP Community Network. And this week SAP began offering its Afaria mobile application management system for Windows 8.
At Sapphire the Walldorf, Germany-based vendor also announced the first steps to combine its enterprise applications with the Ariba Network, the supplier network and applications SAP acquired last month when it bought Ariba for $4.3 billion. SAP launched several "rapid deployment solutions" that use SAP's NetWeaver integration technology to connect Ariba with SAP supplier relationship management and procurement software.
"The vision is for Ariba to connect with all of SAP's applications," said Karen Master, a spokesperson for Ariba, citing SAP's CRM applications as a logical target. The integration also allows users of Ariba's applications to tap into other SAP systems, such as its business analytics and mobile software and HANA in-memory computing system, she added.
SAP will stop selling several of its supplier-related applications to new customers and will sell comparable Ariba applications instead. SAP will continue to maintain and support its applications: Sourcing OnDemand, Contract LifeCycle Management OnDemand and Supplier Management OnDemand, through the end of 2015.
SAP also unveiled a new partner initiative, the SAP NetWeaver Cloud Applications Partner program, to provide development tools and support to solution providers and ISVs who develop cloud-based packaged applications that can access the SAP NetWeaver Cloud service.