Is it the end of MEAP?
“With the recent announcement of SAP’s intent to acquire Sybase, the short life of the MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) software category may be approaching its end. The term was coined by analyst company Gartner in 2008 to refer to middleware and tools to support development of mobile enterprise applications, extending these applications to the mobile devices of the workers, at any time and any location. Quite a few companies have positioned themselves as contenders in this category, but Sybase could make a strong case for their claim to be the category leaders.
Now the leading enterprise-software vendors are finding that they can’t separate out enterprise mobility – it must be part of their core strategy. SAP’s announcement makes it clear that this, together with Sybase’s database technology, is the reason for the acquisition.
If mobility is becoming a core concern for the enterprise software gorillas, what can the independent MEAP vendors do?”