Let me give you an example. ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the developer of a host of workforce automation and service chain optimization applications. They have already mobilized field services applications and implemented them with SAP. They are available out-of-the-box. The complexity of the implementation has largely been removed.
If the backend business application and databases are known entities, and is already mobilized, then implementing mobile enterprise applications can be fairly simple for the end user. SAP partners like ClickSoftware have already managed the complexity and developed applications for end users that are already integrated with SAP.
SAP’s acquisition of Sybase and SAP’s announced Project Gateway (an API layer for simple mobile applications) will make integrating with SAP even easier. SAP’s strategy for supporting mobile applications is clearer and vendors can focus on it.
Complexity in enterprise mobility is directly related to flexibility. The more flexible the application the more complex. If the developer must design and program an application to support an infinite number of different backend databases and business processes, then the solution code can be enormously complex. If the backend business application and business processes are known in advance, and the integration strategy defined, then much of the complexity and risk can be removed.
The bottomline, there is a good reason to work with SAP mobility partners that are experienced and support specific business processes of interest to you. You will have removed much of the complexity and risk from the project. Look for mobility vendors that are SAP certified and have SAP customers in production environments using the business processes you want mobilized.
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