Mobile companion apps are smaller versions of the laptop or Tablet PC application that are specifically designed for use on a handheld mobile device. In many cases an engineer has a mounted Toughbook in the cab of the truck, but when he/she leaves the truck they want the ability to interact with the data, collect data, receive alerts, query a database, and fill out forms all on the smartphone using a version of the application designed for smaller screens.
When the engineer returns to the truck, any edits or additions to the data captured on the mobile handheld device is already updated on the laptop. The bigger displays on the laptops and Tablet PCs can show maps, blueprints, CAD drawings, etc., and the integrated data from the “companion” application.
SAP’s co-Innovation Partner, Syclo has coined the phrase “mobile companion” application to describe the coupling of laptops and handheld devices that work together, but have different screen sizes and application designs.