Enterprise software giant SAP has confirmed that it will be launching a series of business applications developed specifically for the forthcoming RIM Blackberry PlayBook tablet,
The device, which will be launched in the second quarter of 2011 in the UK, will face still competition against the likes of the Apple iPad, the Cisco Cius and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
However, SAP's endorsement of the platform months before the first tablet goes on sale is a definite step in the right direction for RIM.
Speaking to the Wall Street journal, Oliver Bussmann, Chief Information Office at SAP, said that "The penetration of the RIM PlayBook will depend on the apps" before adding that Apple current has the advantage in the Enterprise segment since it has more apps for the iPad.
SAP has purchased nearly 2000 iPad tablets since its launch for internal use and says that more than half are used by its own software developers.
RIM is expected to be one of the most powerful tablets when it goes on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2011. It is equipped with a dual core processor from Marvell, packs 1GB RAM and a 7-inch 1024x600 pixels capacitive touchscreen.