As insurance companies look to push the use of analytics across the enterprise, Germany's SAP AG is paying $5.8 billion to acquire Dublin, Calif.-based Sybase, Inc., a maker of business analytics, database and mobile software popular among insurers.

Signaling the ascendancy of mobile business applications, the companies say the deal is intended to enable insurers and other customers to become "unwired" enterprises. The companies contend the confluence of their technologies will pave the way for "real" real-time analytics.

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