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SAP-IBM's Alloy Application Being Pushed to BlackBerry

BlackBerry users will one day be able to use Alloy, the application jointly developed by SAP and IBM that allows users to access information from SAP's Business Suite applications through IBM's Lotus Notes collaboration software.

IBM is showcasing a technology preview of Alloy running natively on the BlackBerry at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium conference in Orlando on Tuesday.

Alloy was announced in January after being developed under the code name "Atlantic." It is meant to spur adoption of SAP software because users can remain in the familiar Lotus environment. Users can perform functions like reading reports, approving vacation requests and approving steps in a hiring process.

SAP has a similar partnership with Microsoft around the Duetapplication, which allows users to tap SAP through Office.

It wasn't immediately clear Tuesday when BlackBerry support for Alloy would become generally available, or when other mobile platform support would follow.

(More to follow.)

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