It’s mostly mobile, with a dash of brick, a pinch of mortar
With just a few days until the ASUG Annual Conference, a full slate of customer presentations, and a full day of pre-conference activities around Mobile, I need to pause for a bit and reflect on what we’ve prepared for the event, how I’m getting there, and where to find me. The last few pegs seem to have fallen into place for the agenda, coming up on the deadline we leveraged new SCN to collaboratively put together the agenda. We’ve had the speakers and sessions in place for a few weeks, but those last minute rearrangements are inevitable, like adjusting your shoelaces before a good hike.
The agenda for the “SAP Mobile: Platform and Applications” preconference day sits here: Moby 12
With a few Mobile software applications lined up to demonstrate on Sunday, I thought I’d give at least one of them a test drive. At first, the PC could not connect to the SAP store site. Then, the same thing with the iPad. Curious why this one isn’t set up via the typical iStore channel. Well, maybe it’s a reskinning of that store into an SAP logo big box.
I tried again, and got nearer to the site, but found my “Silverlight” version isn’t new enough to shop in the store. It’s like I’m dressed too shabbily to visit the front of the restaurant, but maybe they’ll let me go to the back door for a handout.
I downloaded, ran, and tried again (which I would not have been able to do if I did not have administrative rights on this PC – hello IT security? – meet SAP marketing distribution designers). This time, it wanted me to stop and start my browser. Kill my browser? You’re kidding, right? These days, even though Firefox is bloated, I can still leave it up and running with 20 or 30 tabs (even easier to manage now with grouping of tabs, borrowed from Opera I guess) for weeks and only kill it when there are too many video clips stalling the engine.
Down the rabbit hole, and back up again. This time, Silverlight let me get to the site, after a somewhat lengthy loading sequence. I found the app I wanted to look at (“Customer Briefing“), noticed it’s marked as “1.0.0”, and it has a grand total of 49 downloads since being made available on 27-Mar-2012. And no customer reviews yet. Not surprising seeing how well it’s hidden.
Before committing to anything, I looked at the “End User License Agreement.” Since I’m not sure I am permitted to copy and paste the whole thing into this space, I copied it into a document, shrank the text to 6 point font, and did a screenshot of the result.
I think this is what they call “The Gray Goo.”