SAP & Mac OS X – Introduction
The times one could operate a SAP R/3 landscape with a simple Telnet terminal program and a SAPGui as the primary user interface have since long gone. This study will explore whether a standard Apple computer, a MacBook Pro for example, can be used as the tool of choice for end-users, sysadmins and developers. If so, which tooling and utilities are needed? If not, which functionality is missing and must be obtained elsewhere.
Apple Corporation is using SAP technology in its back-office systems. Over the years they have managed to integrate SAP and Apple products to run a highly effective organization. Did you know that all purchases within iTunes are managed by SAP ERP systems? For more details see some presentations on YouTube. The question is, is this also possible for companies who are not prepared to put effort into adoption of Apple technology to coexist with SAP technology?
This blog is not intended to bash Microsoft. So please, if you need to complain about a software or hardware platform please look for a forum elsewhere. Every platform has pro’s and con’s. It is up to the reader to decide about what tooling is best used to get the job done.
Did you know there is even a forum dedicated to SAP and Mac issues? Go to the SDN forums and look for “SAP Community Network Forums » Community Discussions » SAP Mac Users”. Besides finding answers to your questions you might help others solving their issues.
In this blog series the following topics will be covered:
- Basic Tooling – tools for remote access like Remote Desktop Client and X11
- Systems Management – the SAP tools like Visual Administrator and Download Manager
- SAPGui and Web Browsers – the major tools for all users to interact with SAP systems
- Software Development – tooling like the ABAP editor and NWDS
As not all planned blog posts are ready yet, the links will be come operational within a few weeks. A summary of the blogs series can be found here.