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It’s undeniable that Mobile Integration is one of the hot trends for the next years. Some people are comparing it to the ERP adoption wave back in the early 90’s and the .com wave in the late 90’s. Be it one or the other, having the capability to mobilize your business processes in an coherent and timely manner will be capital for any company to be successful in the 2010’s. Heck, it’ll be necessary for any company to survive in the 2010’s (but that’s my personal opinion, of course).

 

Foreseeing that, SAP started to evaluate (and finally invested in) a Mobile enablement strategy since a couple of years ago. One of the main outcomes of this strategy was the well covered and now finalized acquisition of Sybase Inc. With Sybase Mobility Suite, including solutions such as Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) and Afaria, SAP has become able to support global companies in adopting a full-fletched end-to-end mobile experience, avoiding the major problems that companies that venture in this track usually suffer: multiple device platforms & data sources leading to exponential maintenance costs, lack of central monitoring & management tool for the devices etc.

 

While its clear that Sybase (and, in particular, SUP) has a major role in SAP Mobility strategy, it is also clear that it might not address all of the possible use cases SAP’s customers might require, in particular when the idea is to quickly mobilize business processes that reside entirely on SAP backends. Using a full MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) for that may be, at some times, overengineering a rather simple requirement.

 

To address that whitespace, SAP has come up with Project Gateway. You’ve probably heard about it before. It is a framework enabling people-centric applications consuming SAP Business Suite through popular devices and platforms in an easy, standards-based and non disruptive fashion.

 

Project Gateway main features are:

  • Optimized for user interaction scenarios;
  • Interacting with any SAP Business Suite version;
  • Any Device, Any Experience, Any Platform;
  • Simple APIs that require no SAP knowledge;
  • Based on market standards: REST, ATOM/ODATA.

 

Project Gateway

 

This and other information about Project Gateway were first introduced in this session on TechEd 2010, which is available free of charge in Virtual TechEd.

 

While the product addresses the problem from a solution availability perspective, from a service perspective, it’s still required that SAP Ecosystem is properly enabled to support the customer projects that will pop-up once the product has been released to the market. And it was exactly to help SAP’s partners to be enabled on providing, discovering and consuming RESTful services through Project Gateway that the SAP Global Co-Innovation Lab Network has come up with the ‘Gateway Hands-on sessions’ series of workshops for partners.

 

But the program consists on way more than just workshops. The idea is to provide a complete infrastructure that will enable the partners working either on mobility or web development to be able to prototype & test different scenarios with Project Gateway.

 

There are two different models of engagement, each with a specific offering to the partners.

 

Shared Gateway Package

 

Dedicated Gateway Package

 

Each of these two packages is associated to a specific fee. The workshops are open for both COIL members and partners who aren’t members yet.

 

If you wish to obtain more information about the ‘Gateway Hands-on sessions’ for partners by COIL, reach out to coil@sap.com, or make your questions/give us your feedback in the Comments section below.

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  1. Marlo Simon
    Hello Henrique,

    Congratulations for this great Blog. It really shows how simple and how objective this architecture would serve a number of use cases.
    I’d love to be part of this initiative, and hope that my employer/boss would think that way too.

    Regards,
    Marlo Simon.

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  2. Richard Hirsch
    What about having a model similar to the ES Workplace which is free to the community as a whole. The Shared Gateway Services Package is very similar to the current ES Workplace offering.

    Approaching Gateway in the way COIL suggests will do little to broaden its appeal and might actually hamper its ability to rapidly achieve the critical mass that is necessary for its success.

    D.

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    1. Henrique Pinto Post author
      Hi Richard,

      it might evolve into that. The point is that, right now, Gateway is still not officially released (Ramp-up is planned to start in  June, GA in December). I didn’t put the dates above because they’re not final, but the idea is to have the workshops happening worldwide in May, e.g. before the Ramp-up even starts.

      So, the costs mentioned above might be related to the opportunity cost that the partners who want to be on the edge will need to come up with. On our side, the idea is not to make any revenue, COIL is not a revenue-tracked area, but basically to match the travel & systems maintenance costs we’ll have, as well as to justify the involvement of Gateway development team during the 3-month support.

      Actually, I didn’t mention above, but the idea is to limit the program to a 3-month engagement, exactly to restrict it to a prototyping kind of engagement and avoid long run projects. We don’t want to become a hosting services, in fact we can’t. We just want to help partners who wish to be on the state of the art of SAP technology to do so.

      Best regards,
      Henrique.

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  3. Alexandre Carvalho
    Congrats on your blog and willing to show the customers, as you say, the new tech-boom.
    I am “envious” (in a nice way!) of your position of getting in contact and implementing top technologies. Unfortunately, I work for the same kind of employer as Marlon: late and slow…

    Good Luck! I’ll do my best to take part….

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  4. Alexandre Carvalho
    Congrats on your blog and willing to show the customers, as you say, the new tech-boom.
    I am “envious” (in a nice way!) of your position of getting in contact and implementing top technologies. Unfortunately, I work for the same kind of employer as Marlon: late and slow…

    Good Luck! I’ll do my best to take part….

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