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Author's profile photo Bjoern Weigand

SAPMentors Outreach iOS App

I’m proud to present our SAP Mentors Outreach iOS app, which is based on the Android version developed by Thorsten Franz. The iOS version is available in the Apple AppStore now.

A short introduction of the team behind this app:
Björn Weigand (@weigo) was responsible for the main framework, navigation, filtering and the UI layout for the app. John Moy (@jhmoy) concentrated on the CoreData persistence sync layer and the iPad details view and John Astill (@JohnA69) contributed the River connectivity. Furthermore Thorsten Franz (@thorstenster) helped us with information about his Android version and Richard Hirsch (@rhirsch) supported us with River information.

Let me start with a few words about our app:

You can get in touch with SAP Mentors very easily, especially at SAP conferences and events. The app provides you features like browse a list of SAP Mentors, full text search or take notes of individual Mentors. Version 2.0 of the app will change the iPhone version to an universal app, so that it can also be used on iPad natively.

Look-up a Mentor and browse their profiles:
iPad Detail View

You can either search all profiles or you can use the search bar to find a Mentor based on any available information (e.g. Mentor name, expertise, squad number or twitter handle). This is very useful on SAP events, because every Mentor has on his jersey his squad number and twitter handle visible, so that you can find the right person very easily.
SAP Mentors
This picture has been copied from Thorsten’s SDN blog (see above).

The detail view presents all necessary information about a Mentor like a short bio, their main and industry expertise and their Twitter handle (if they use it). The information is maintained by them self via River goes mobile: The SAP Mentors Outreach Mobile App as a prototype for a new type of Edge Innovation and the app will download all changes after launching automatically. But we provide a snapshot of the River database, so that you don’t need to download all information after the first start.

Favorite Mentor for quick access:
For the time being only the iPhone version supports filtering of favorites, but we will supply it for the iPad later. You can favorite a mentor by clicking on the star symbol in the detail view:
iPhone Detail View

The favorite list can be selected via the tab bar, so that you can access your favorites quickly:

iPhone Favorite View

Take notes:
If you want to add personal notes to a Mentor, you can use the comment function. The notes are stored on your device directly.
iPad Comment View

View Mentor Twitter timelines:
Most Mentors using Twitter and provide their Twitter handle via SAP River. So you can view their timeline directly in our app. Moreover you can also start to follow or get in touch with them.
iPad Twitter View

Technical background:
The app has been written in Objective-C and we used XCode as IDE. We worked with three developers on this app, so we used a SVN repository provided by John Astill in order to share our work. As mentioned earlier the backend is a database application which has been created by Thorsten Franz, Richard Hirsch and Nigel James. River is cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offered by SAP. Our development team is spread over three continents, so we used SAP Streamwork to communicate and discuss during our development process. It is an amazing tool for distributed teams. John Moy indents to write a blog about how we collaborated with it.

A personal note:
I’m really glad that I could realize this project, because it is my first iOS app and the first time I collaborated with the SAP Community. So it is a honor to provide you our app and to help the community find and connect with the SAP Mentors.
I will not be able to attend the next SAP TechEd session in Las Vegas, but I’m sure that John Moy and John Astill will represent the app at this event and I hope that you give it a try. I’d appreciate any feedback. You can also see our latest changes on our support page.

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      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens
      Hello Bjoern

      Judging from the screenshots in this blog it looks really nice. I'm downloading the app immediately.

      Nice work.

      Kind regards


      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy
      Hi Tom,
      Just to clarify, the iPad screens are not yet in the Apple Store (has been submitted and is awaiting review by Apple).  If you download today only the iPhone version is available.  If you download the iPhone version today to an iPad, it will automatically be updated to the iPad version when the update is approved.  We hope to have the iPad version approved shortly.
      Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann
      Tobias Hofmann
      The image hosting functionality for blogs from SCN isn't the best, but at least isn't blocked by many company proxies.


      Author's profile photo Tridip Chakraborthy
      Tridip Chakraborthy
      Hi John Moy, John Astill and Bjorn on giving this great app to the marketplace
      It not only feels flaunting but also gives me a feeling of the thought leadership that you as fellow mentors carry, words cant explain what the screens do and the simplicity of the app is just awesome
      As I had commented in your sequel blog, am eagerly awaiting the iPad version.
      Great work guys and making all this collaboration happen via streamwork was also a great stand-out
      Since John Astill is local to me in Germantown, I would meet him personally and let him know how excited and thrilled I am, cheers Tridip (@tridipchakra)
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Bjoern,
      love the app.
      I've just downloaded it and is great.

      I would add one suggestion though.... is it possible in a future version to add the Country of origin of each SAP Mentor.

      Kind Regards

      /Ricardo Quintas

      Author's profile photo Alexandra Carvalho
      Alexandra Carvalho

      Hi Bjoern,

      Great app. I have already downloaded it!

      Great team too!

      I have noticed that the new Mentors are not there yet: myself, Gary Hooker, Corey Adams.