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Thoughts on SAP Mobile Platform 3.0


SAP has just released the SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 last week for general availability.  The strategy to unify all the different technologies that SAP have acquired over the years into one single platform, makes it easier for developing mobile applications.

It has combined SUP (Sybase Unwired Platform), Sybase Mobilizer, which is a Service Oriented Architecture for real-time integration and application development and Syclo's mobile offering onto one platform.

This approach makes it easier for enterprises not only to develop and deploy applications quickly, it also can use the pre-built apps for certain business functions.

Added to this, the adoption of open, industry standards have been achieved in the below features

  1. OSGi - the Open Services Gateway initiative that allows components to be managed without entire application made offline.  The components can be installed, controlled and uninstalled with ease.

  2. OData allows for better offline capabilities for apps

  3. Kepsel is a collection of Apache Codova plugins that helps make use of native features available in the device

  4. Integration gateway that can convert data from different backend formats into OData.  These are open standards that have been adopted

This offers quite a few advantages to enterprise choosing to use SMP.

  • Features that are required by most mobile applications are readily available. Features like security, device and application management, data synchronization etc. are available out-of-the box.  This reduces the development time and hence enterprises can release applications quicker to the market.  Often, the time-to-market determines the success and adoption of applications since the shelf life of mobile applications are fairly limited

  • Key non-functional requirements are better served by such integrated platforms.  These include maintainability, stability, scalability and performance.

  • Pre-built integration to SAP products helps enterprise to quickly mobile enable these applications

  • Can easily develop cross platform hybrid apps that helps to develop application once and deploy it on multiple platforms.  This addresses the challenge of having to develop for multiple devices and platforms

In summary, SMP 3.0 shows the convergence of capabilities of the various mobile products and platforms that SAP have acquired over the years. The adoption of open standards makes it easier to integrate with other platforms available, while continuing to provide more value for SAP customers by providing out-of-the box integrations.

This blog is posted on behalf of Arunprasad Ramasubramanian, Principal Consultant, Mobility, Infosys.

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