March 20, 2012 – HP beefed up its collaboration and mobile development offerings Tuesday, with notable connections to SAP and Perfecto Mobile.

New software under HP’s Application Transformation solutions portfolio include HP Enterprise Collaboration, a social environment for real-time, context-connected discussions over application development, and HP Anywhere, a mobile platform for IT management. Furthering that collaboration agenda, HP’s Application Lifecycle Intelligence now has real-time visibility and tracking for application activities.

As far as the mobile aspects of HP’s Application Transformation Solutions, the vendor is working with cloud-based testing and automation solutions provider Perfecto Mobile to branch out HP’s Unified Functional Testing service to emulate and test user experience of mobile applications. Another service connects mobile users to data from mission-critical SAP applications, called HP Enterprise Mobility Services for SAP.

Paul Evans, HP’s Worldwide Lead for Application Transformation solutions, says a main driver behind the new and updated releases is to cut down on latency issues with the maturing collaboration offerings. To that end, Evans pointed to alerts in the new collaboration software that could bring up problems already addressed elsewhere in an enterprise and developer discussions in a familiar social network-type atmosphere.

Jeffrey Hammond, Forrester Research analyst, says what stood out to him most from Tuesday’s announcements were the connections to outside vendors. Hammond says that the mobilization around SAP provides the opportunity for enterprises to quickly move toward developing solutions that leverage investments in SAP’s systems of record. In addition, the relationship with Perfecto Mobile fills “a bit of a hole” HP had in its mobile testing strategy, and should make great strides toward introducting apps that work well on first release, says Hammond.

“The mobile testing market is still evolving, but once development shops figure out how to build apps and get comfortable there, they move onto other aspects of the application lifecycle, and testing is key to making sure that apps are high quality enough to be ready to release,” he says.