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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.

Pleeeeeaaaaseee!

Fingers crossed! I’m already very excited about what we might find under next year’s SAPPHIRE tree.

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  1. Pierre Dominique
    Hi,

    Most of these features are already provided by SUP so I hope SAP will not remove them from the new product.

    As far as I know, SUP (or the mobile SDK) should be used for occasionaly connected scenarios while “SAP Gateway Project” is supposed to cover the always connected scenarios. Now the question is : what excatly is this SAP Gateway Project and when will it be available? 🙂

    Regards,
    Pierre

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    1. Steffen Schwark Post author
      Hi Pierre,

      Yes, SUP touches a good part of the list, while there is still a fair amount of work left to provide all of the capabilities listed – in SUP or elsewhere.

      SAP shared more about ‘project gateway’ during last weeks TechEd. It effectively makes SAP data accessible via RESTful services to all sorts of consumers, including mobile devices. Duet Enterprise also makes use of it. During TechEd SAP demo’ed some ‘consumption tools’ to generate mobile apps as well (also during the keynote), but this is not the main focus and it remains unclear whether these tools will form part of the shipment, which I heard is targeted for mid 2011.

      There’s more info in this thread:
      What’s going on with Project “Gateway” and Sybase?

      Regards,
      Steffen

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