SAP Aims Mobile Platform 3.0 at the Enterprise
SAP officials said with the availability of the new release, SAP customers will soon be able to access existing and custom-built SAP Fiori apps through SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 via the SDK or the SAP Fiori Client mobile app. Additionally, updated versions of SAP Work Manager, SAP Inventory Manager and SAP CRM Service Manager mobile apps are planned to be available soon on the SAP Mobile Platform 3.0. Through the power of the new SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Work Manager 6.1 is intended to have added functionality, including geographic information system (GIS) and 3D visualization, enterprise resource planning (ERP) customer service and crew management integration. In SAP Inventory Manager 4.0, support is planned to be added for Android, iOS and Windows 8 to match the native device and offline support seen in SAP Work Manager and SAP CRM Service Manager. By leveraging the new open UI SDK for SAP Mobile Platform, complex business processes are aimed at getting simplified user experiences, such as allowing users to interact with Esri mobile GIS within SAP Work Manager, SAP said. "Mobile is all about the user experience and its ubiquity — it's like the air we breathe, it's everywhere," said Rick Costanzo, executive vice president and general manager of Global Mobility Solutions at SAP, in a statement. "We have been on a long, steady climb in mobile for more than 15 years, making the latest release of SAP Mobile Platform very special as it embodies the best innovations and lessons learned along the way in our journey. "For a leading brand like National Grid to run such a critical part of its business on our platform demonstrates the unmatched scalability, stability and flexibility it brings to customers. We also already have nearly 150 leading partners running or moving to version 3.0, allowing more and more customers to simplify and unify through the SAP mobile experience."The release of the SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 comes on the heels of the expansion of a global partnership between Microsoft and SAP AG to deliver new cloud, data and mobile solutions to help improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility, and drive increased business value for customers and partners. This announcement extended the companies' long-term partnership in three critical areas: enterprise cloud computing with SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft's Power BI offering; and mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft and SAP said they plan to help customers conduct business anywhere and any time by developing and co-marketing SAP mobile apps for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. These new applications will be managed and secured by the SAP Mobile Secure portfolio or Windows Intune.
A free trial of SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 is available on the SAP Community Network in the developer center for SAP Mobile Platform. A free mobile development course is also available on the openSAP platform.