The first sighting of a Christmas pudding this week in my local supermarket reminded me that writing letters to Santa Claus – and giving them to my parents for delivery – has in the past helped to get me some of the stuff I really wanted.
SAP has announced plans to deliver a new mobile platform and a software development kit (SDK) to customers in 2011 so here is my personal wish list for it.
I’d really like to see…
- Support for most modern mobile device platforms including Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows Mobile, so that companies do not have to mandate a particular device type (which is what more and more companies do anyway).
- A rapid write-once-run-anywhere development model as especially for smaller user population it’s simply not feasible to develop native apps for each platform.
- “Islands” of native code that would give the flexibility to use device specific features where needed.
- REST web services to access the platforms services so that developers can address the more exotic requirements with native code, e.g. on a new or specialist platform or if the requirements are to complex.
- Data synchronisation with SAP and other systems where an ‘occasionally connected’ model is necessary and a lighter ‘always connected’ model for non-mission-critical scenarios.
- Encryption for data in transit and on the device.
- Support for the most common peripherals including GPS, barcode scanners, RFID, mobile printers, etc.
- Simple installation, updates, support and decommissioning of mobile apps over-the-air.
- Hosting options to choose from if additional servers are required: on-premise or on-demand.
- Lots of packaged applications for standard scenarios.
Fingers crossed! I’m already very excited about what we might find under next year’s SAPPHIRE tree.