Tuesday, 29 October 2013

SAP Mobile Platform 3.0

At the SAP TechEd event, which esttenu from 21 to 25 October in Las Vegas, SAP announced version 3.0 of its mobile platform SAP Mobile Platform and a motorized version Cloud by SAP HANA platform to guarantee real-time performance. 

These new versions are designed to maximize developer productivity through a
SAP Mobile Platform 3.0
comprehensive set of services, an architecture based on open standards and a strategy of "Bring-Your-Own-Tools" type (BYOT) that allows integration easily with third-party development tools. Millions of developers and should be able to use the mobile platform for SAP to create innovative and ergonomic mobile applications for a business use or for use by customers, without having to learn new tools or to new protocols.

 "Today, the most successful companies use mobility to remain competitive and thus, they must quickly implement a sustainable mobile strategy based on an open, standards-based mobile platform," said Anthony Reynolds, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Mobile Solutions, SAP. "We worked closely with our customers and partners to design and build a radically new innovative platform to ensure a transparent and capable of reducing the total cost of ownership for IT and development costs user experience applications. Initial feedback and expressions of interest we have received are fantastic and we are excited to deliver this platform to a wider market. "

 "Our studies show that all applications will be adapted to mobile, making the management of the life cycle of applications will become critical to protect investments in mobile," said Chris Marsh, Senior Analyst, Yankee Group. "Companies are turning to integrated platforms and open standards to ensure interoperability can and protect the longevity of applications. The leading mobile platforms will be characterized by open and extensible architecture, the presence of a layer of management and orchestration API data and a large collection of libraries. They will be agnostic in terms of development tools, infrastructure and standards and embark integrated capabilities for testing and analysis. They also support a rich ecosystem. "

German publisher notes that SAP Mobile Platform does not require reengineering processes, resources or infrastructure. The platform is designed to avoid headache for developers and focuses on the creation of an attractive user experience based on application services and core essential services. These include essential services to mobile applications such as authentication, the initial configuration, management lifecycle and updates, log management data and data integration. Some application services, we can also include components for mobile commerce, couponing, management of loyalty programs and mobile banking online. The support of mobile Web architecture and MS native, hybrid and driven by metadata is also provided.

SAP Mobile Platform is based on an approach based on open standards and open technologies incorporating the latest mobile innovations architecture. These include providing capacity "offline" based on the OData (Open Data Protocol), to propose OSGi architecture with support for Java frameworks and Spring Equinox, and provide an open-source Apache container Cordova container with plug- ins adapted to the platform. SAP Mobile Platform also makes extensive use of HTML5 for both its own needs and the needs of application development and offers a broad set of common HTTP REST API for On- Premise and Cloud versions of the platform form.

Developers are free to choose their preferred development tool; enhanced by the addition of the SDK (software developer kit) provided by SAP and libraries for building native and hybrid applications.

The cloud-based version of SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 is based on the cloud platform SAP HANA, a SaaS platform and open standards-based, which aims to enable customers and partners to build and SAP deploy custom from SAP data centers worldwide applications. This cloud-based version allows the rapid deployment of hybrid and native applications for iOS environments, Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry. Under the cloud platform SAP HANA, users of the mobile version also have access to other services, including analytical services, integration and security services as well as SAP HANA.

A free 30 day trial of SAP Mobile Platform version is available on the SAP Community Network in the Developer Center for SAP Mobile Platform, and a training course on development is also available on the platform openSAP. SAP would also work with the best talent among developers to build a community of innovative mobile applications. The winner of the next contest mobileapplication development “Mobile Game On" will and the journey of his life in 2014.

Partners imagine SAP ByDesign

Not SAP itself, but four SAP partners today have specially organized a conference call to the level of press representatives to break a lance for online SAP ERP solution, “Business ByDesign", and to speak against the "emerging unrest ".

Partners imagine SAP ByDesign
The "trouble” was triggered by an article in the 'Business Week ' ten days ago. This was reported to be SAP Online prestige project whose development has probably cost in recent years, several billion euros, lack of success stop. The development would be discontinued, and only a small team will take care of the maintenance of the product. SAP, however, denied this. The development will only braked and released for developers used to a new technological platform to bring ByDesign, SAP HANA in-memory technology. HANA in the future should form the common basis for all cloud offerings from SAP. ByDesign will be so far removed from the market.

Believe in SAP
The four

ByDesign Partner intelligence, All for One Steeb, Anthesis and Alpha Business Solutions wanted to reiterate today, especially this message: ByDesign live on and will continue to contribute to their stores. The development of ByDesign had been started ten years ago to the then latest technological platform. A technological innovation is therefore only logical. "We are talking about an important transitional phase in the SAP more development resources in the technical transformation as in the functional development of SAP Business ByDesign infected," said Henrik Hausen, CEO of Alpha Business Solutions. Then will then amplify again of the functional expansion cloud offering - with a clear roadmap - invest and: "We would not be here if we did not believe it."

For the functional development of ByDesign declared the four partners that SAP had assured the next two releases, 13:11 and 14:02 to deliver as advertised. Even then it will still be further developments, but in smaller increments or “hot fixes ".

That SAP is the online solution is now setting on the latest technological basis is welcome news. This will bring major improvements in performance and more stability. The standardization of the technology have been quite different cloud solutions on a single platform, added the Intelligence - man Wolfgang Kroner, will also develop adaptations and extensions for SAP cloud solutions through partners make "dramatically easier ".

Anthesis boss Inge Kipping explained that even existing customers ByDesign - which itself belongs Anthesis - the technological development would be welcomed. Also, the acquisition of new customers, she believes, is still possible, “if you told them the job well enough.”

That the transformation at least brings uncertainties, but was also acknowledged in the conference call. So be sure, for example, a large effort for SAP and its partners to make the transition smooth for customers. Moreover, the time at which permeated the case to the public, was safely unhappy. Still, there is the part of SAP's no roadmap for the future of ByDesign. How long could take the transition phase, i.e. still in the stars, as well as the partners had to admit today. And if the “new engine" for Business ByDesign, and other cloud solutions, then really goes well, the ERP giant has yet to prove it. (Hansjorg Maron)