SAP Launches Latest Version of Industry-Leading SAP Afaria Mobile Device Management Solution

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Customers Anticipate Enhanced iOS and Android Device Management and Security,
New App Portal Design for Familiar App Storefront Experience, New Self-Service
Portal for Simplified Device Onboarding and Management
WALLDORF,  Germany,  Dec. 18, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG  (NYSE: SAP) today
introduced the latest version of  SAP Afaria, the industry-leading mobile device
management solution.1  Enhancements to the industry's most widely deployed
enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution will include deepening enterprise
integration and distribution capabilities to effectively manage and secure the
large number of disparate users bringing their own devices into the workplace.
To address the growing use of enterprise mobile apps, SAP will include new app
and self-service portal designs to provide a familiar, consumer-like app portal
experience in the enterprise.


According to Forrester Research, Inc., more than two-thirds of North American
and European information workers personally choose the smartphones and tablets
they use for work.2  To address this trend, enterprises are developing bring
your own device (BYOD) programs that require a highly scalable, mature EMM
solution - either on-premise or in the cloud - to effectively manage and secure
all the various mobile devices and apps entering the workplace.  

As recognized by IDC,1  SAP Afaria meets the EMM needs of enterprises. These
needs include traditional mobile device management (MDM) as well as managing and
securing the entire mobile device, app and data life cycle across the
enterprise. The latest release of SAP Afaria aims to remove complexity and
support the growing mobile workforce by helping ensure that all data stored and
transmitted via mobile device is protected and secure. It will allow customers
to gain greater control and insight into a wide range of devices and apps,
remotely back up and delete data if a device is lost or stolen and easily
deliver fixes, upgrades and refreshes to mobile users.  

"In our recent  report  on the mobile enterprise management (MEM) market, IDC
recommends that enterprises evaluate mobile solutions that both manage and
secure devices and mobile applications," said  Stacy Crook, program manager,
Mobile Enterprise Research at IDC. "SAP's MEM offering, [SAP] Afaria, looks to
address the broad requirements of enterprises - for both corporate- and
employee-owned mobile devices - and users. Some of the key solution
differentiators for companies to look for include complete app and device
life-cycle support, analytics on all data collected/managed, high scalability,
product maturity/flexibility and on-premise and on-demand/cloud delivery."

Customers Demonstrate Successful Mobile Enterprise Management Strategies
SAP has more than 197,000 customers globally and many count on the customer and
partner ecosystem around SAP Afaria for cutting-edge mobile deployments.
Customers and partners are demonstrating premier customer success, extremely
high scalability to support large numbers of mobile users and robust mobile
services and solutions built on top of SAP Mobile Platform and SAP Afaria.

"As the leading UK window covering provider for the country's 63 million
residents, we strive to offer premier customer service, which is the key to our
success," said  Julian Bond, head of Information, Communications and Technology,
Hillarys Blinds Ltd. "With 1,000 advisors spread across the UK, our ability to
remotely manage their devices and connect them to our core processes at any time
and from anywhere is key. Mobile applications built on SAP Mobile Platform and
SAP Afaria help us maintain our market-leading position and more important, they
allow us to keep our promise to the customer in terms of installing the right
product on the day promised. We expect the latest release of SAP Afaria to
extend its industry leadership and eagerly anticipate taking early advantage of
its new business functionality."

"As the biggest operator and systems integrator in  Switzerland  serving 8.2
million customers, we partnered with SAP to meet growing customer demand for
innovative mobile services," said Adrian Bisaz, head of Mobility, Swisscom. "Our
goal is to address the full life cycle of mobile through our program, including
mobile device management, distribution of mobile apps via an app store and the
development of apps using SAP Mobile Platform. We are confident that the latest
release of SAP Afaria in combination with SAP Mobile Platform will significantly
improve all areas of our mobile services offerings."

"As one of SAP's first managed mobility partners, VeliQ helped pioneer the space
almost a decade ago," said  Alex Bausch, founder and CEO, VeliQ. "SAP Afaria
supports a simple, self-service model that serves as the unpinning of our mobile
platform-as-a-service (mPaaS), which includes mobile security and mobile app
management. Moving forward we are excited to work closely with SAP to further
evolve our mPaaS offering, which will include creating new, innovative services
spawned from the integration of mobile, cloud and big data."

The latest version of SAP Afaria is planned to provide key features for

* Enterprise Integration

* Deeper directory integration  is intended to provide connection to multiple
disparate directories for authentication and assignments which aim to provide
trusted policy set up and simplify user on boarding for distributed systems. The
distribution of data stored in directory values is planned for use with policy
configuration to streamline the onboarding of BYOD devices.  
* Enhanced email access control and device remediation  aim to provide greater
scalability and security for large organizations that have multiple enterprise
access control components in a distributed landscape.  
* Expanded PKI certificate management  is planned to provide granular and secure
control over the management and delivery of certificates.

* Application Management

* App portal enhancements  aim to simplify the user experience by providing a
familiar landscape that can be branded to a company while increasing mobile
worker efficiency by guiding and instructing users how to leverage the most
beneficial mobile applications that apply to their role.  
* New API for SAP Afaria and app policy features  are planned for "zero-touch"
setup so administrators can create and securely deploy apps without users
needing to enter most app setup information, for example, server address, domain
or, user name. This is planned to help significantly reduce help desk calls and
create a more pleasant onboarding experience.

* IT Services for BYOD and Enterprise Devices

* Self-service portal updates  are planned to simplify the interface used by
mobile users to onboard and manage their devices as well as enable organizations
to build their own custom interface.  
* Broad Samsung SAFE support  for Android devices with planned additional email
and security capabilities.  
* iOS enhancements  are intended to provide increased jailbreak detection and
support for regions of the world where jail-broken devices are prevalent;
increased iOS configuration and application management capabilities are

"SAP is the undisputed leader in MDM and now EMM. We win customers because SAP
Afaria scales to meet the expanding requirements of large enterprises," said 
Sanjay Poonen, president and head of Mobile Division, SAP. "As the industry
moves beyond MDM to EMM, customers resonate with our vision to connect over 1
billion devices, which puts us in the best position to future-proof their
investment with the most expansive mobile platform in the industry."  

The  SAP Afaria rapid-deployment solution  is available to help fast track
implementation with pre-configured software and predefined services.

Test drive SAP Afaria with a 14-day free trial  here. For a closer look, see:
"Screenshots: SAP to Launch Latest Version of SAP Afaria." To hear how customers
are successfully using SAP Afaria, see: "Video: SAPPHIRE NOW from Madrid in 2012
- Mobile Solutions in the Cloud Panel." For more information, visit the  SAP

(1) IDC, "Worldwide Mobile Enterprise Management Software 2012 - 2016 Forecast
and Analysis and 2011 Vendor Shares" report,  Stacy Crook,  September 2012

(2) Forrester Research, "Building A Business Case For A Bring-Your-Own-Device
(BYOD) Program,"  Michele Pelino,  October 23, 2012

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