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SAP, Nokia in Mobile Devices Deal

European software solutions company SAP announced Wednesday a partnership with Nokia Corp. to extend its mySAP workplace to WAP-enabled devices.

As a result of the partnership, SAP says it will be able to use Nokia's WAP technology with mySAP.com solutions for such applications as customer relationship management, business intelligence and strategic enterprise management.

Peter Zencke, executive board member, SAP AG, said that the deal would provide customers of the mySAP.com service with more choices and flexibility in how they access critical inter-enterprise data and applications.

"As part of the overall mySAP.com Mobile Workplace strategy, SAP is helping its customers take advantage of Internet-enabled mobile computing capabilities and wireless information management as quickly and productively as possible," said Zencke.

Initially, Nokia (NOK) and SAP (SAP) will offer solutions using the Nokia WAP Server, 7110 Series WAP-enabled phones and other devices to provide full access to news feeds, stock quotes, e-commerce business directories and essential enterprise information.

SAP plans to create a development infrastructure to produce new WAP-enabled mySAP.com solutions. Its partners and customers will then be able to develop mini-applications which they can deploy on mobile devices.

As SAP points out, many workers in the Internet economy now rely heavily on mobile phones and handheld computers, especially those who spend a lot of time away from the office.

An open, global standard, WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) links mobile devices to the Internet and enables such applications as banking and Internet-based news services. A useful source of information about WAP is www.wapforum.com.