SAP Aims Mobile Platform 3.0 at the Enterprise

SAP delivered the latest version of its mobile architecture, SAP Mobile Platform 3.0, which unifies the company's mobile development tools.

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SAP announced the release of SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 and also noted that energy company National Grid has standardized on the platform for building and managing new mobile apps.

The new release features an open standards-based platform architecture and one common software development kit (SDK). SAP Mobile Platform 3.0's architecture embraces a "bring-your-own-tools" (BYOT) strategy through integration with third-party development tools.

Also with the new release, SAP completes the unification of its mobile app development platform frameworks. It uses Open Data (OData) Protocol APIs and the open-source Apache Cordova software, which is a cross-platform mobile development environment supported by many vendors including Microsoft.

"While there are many new vendors in the enterprise mobility space contributing to customer choice, they also introduce unwanted complexity," said Dirk Boessmann, senior vice president of mobile development at SAP, in a statement. "SAP has long been a leader in the mobile industry and we now see the need to simplify for the customer. SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 makes it easy to build and secure mobile apps for an amazing user experience, while providing unparalleled deployment flexibility. Mobile is not a choice but an imperative and I am proud to say that we are ushering in the next generation of mobile."

Meanwhile, National Grid, one of the largest privately owned utility businesses in the world, is looking to help its more than 1,500 National Grid field engineers ensure that electricity and gas transmission is well-maintained and uncompromised. To do so, it has implemented an updated mobile portfolio, which includes SAP Mobile Platform 3.0, SAP Afaria and the SAP Work Manager mobile app. National Grid's new mobile iOS solution increases the efficiency and ensures the safety of its workers.

National Grid owns and operates the electricity and gas transmission network in the United Kingdom, which includes overhead lines, underground cables and pipes, substations and compressor stations. In addition to the aforementioned solutions from the SAP mobile solutions portfolio, National Grid also employs the SAP Mobile Secure solution for mobile device and application management. National Grid's new mobile iOS solution, which integrates into its enterprise asset management (EAM) system, provides and captures details of scheduled and non-scheduled work orders, as well as runs a mobile timesheet solution. The company has defined a list of more than 25 mobile apps in its development pipeline.

"National Grid is responsible for keeping the lights on for millions of customers in the UK," said Tina Sands, head of information services for National Grid in the U.K., in a statement. "Our previous mobile solution, which was critical for field engineers to maintain electricity and gas transmission assets without disruption, was implemented in 2003 and needed to be replaced. This was a complex task, but we and our partners identified the SAP portfolio as the best mobile solution and service and we were able to make the transformation with minimum disruption.

"Our new mobile solution powered by SAP delivers an incredibly powerful but simple user experience for our field engineers, so they can focus on their day jobs. We have done this by combining core business functionality with enhanced capabilities, like taking photographs at the point-of-work and on-demand access to asset and work history, which dramatically improve decision-making and cost savings."