A few days ago SAP Mentor Jon Reed organized a cross-continental discussion with John Appleby, Oliver Rogers (from Bluefin Solutions) and myself to tap into our pre-SAPPHIRE thoughts and opinions on the current state of play with SAP mobility and what we would like to see from SAPPHIRE NOW 2012 in Orlando.
As Jon was short on time, I took up his offer to post this to SCN on his behalf. I should say that we had no end of connectivity drop-outs and issues with this recording – big kudos to Jon who pulled an all nighter to edit it into something cohesive.
01:25 Setting the pre-SAPPHIRE agenda
02:10 Field perspective of an SUP implementation (John Appleby and Oliver Rogers)
04:18 Field perspective of an SUP implementation – The customer’s mobility roadmap
07:50 Field perspective of an SUP implementation – CIO directive “make people’s lives easier”
10:50 Field perspective of an SUP implementation – Project next steps
14:00 Field perspective of an SUP implementation – Is SUP scaleable for large projects?
15:30 Field perspective of an SUP implementation – Lessons learned
18:16 Field perspective of an SUP implementation – The problem of IT silos
20:30 SAP mobile skill challenges
23:30 Building up SAP mobility competencies
27:10 Engaging seasoned mobile app and UI developers from the field
28:00 Mobility user experience demands are high
30:30 Thoughts on SAP’s recent announcements to incorporate new mobile developer communities (Sencha etc.)
35:30 Is developer outreach too dependent on SAP NetWeaver Gateway?
39:30 SAP’s intent to open up the mobile developer ecosystem
41:48 Removing all points of friction – John Appleby’s challenge to SAP
46:20 John Appleby and Oliver Rogers – last words before getting kicked out of their room
47:15 John Moy final comments, including initial thoughts about Syclo
51:20 Jon Reed’s SAPPHIRE mobility goals
As an addendum, I should mention that during the discussion I queried how many large-scale SUP implementations are live right now. I neglected to mention SAP’s own internal rollout of mobile apps based on SUP. But of course stories from customers rather than the vendor would be much more compelling (if you have some, please feel free to mention them in the comments).