Mobility In SAP
With increasing use of Mobile and portable computing devices, SAP has also shifted it’s focus on mobility in recent year, by acquiring Sybase it has really put some real momentum in that area, following is the diagram that shows how sybase unwired mobility functions
A mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) will soon become essential for enterprises to develop and manage their fleet of mobile apps and devices. One such offering is the Sybase Unwired Platform plus Afaria.
What is a MEAP exactly? Gartner defines a mobile enterprise application platform as comprising these five elements:
- an integrated development environment and modeling tool
- an enterprise application integration tool
- libraries and connectors & ready-made parts
- a mobile device management console
- client user interface and end-user environment
Let’s take a close-up look at one such MEAP offering, the Sybase Unwired Platform. This platform supports a variety of enterprise applications, including SAP, and can be integrated with Afaria, a device management and security solution.
Write once, then customize
The Sybase Unwired Platform delivers quick and simple development for mobile apps by using 4GL tooling and integrating with popular development tools, such as the Eclipse development environment. This approach should help most companies avoid having to hire skilled experts or retrain employees, saving money in the process.
In addition, the unified platform gives companies more reusable code components. The core applications can be developed once and then customized for different devices and for specific capabilities. Customization is critical to ensure that applications are optimized for each different mobile device and operating system. For a look at the current SAP mobile applications supported by Sybase Unwired Platform, see our article, “Sybase: Making Mobile Possible.”
Support for various devices
Companies looking to support multiple applications on various devices will be on the right track with the Sybase Unwired Platform. It doesn’t matter where the back end data comes from – data centers, the cloud, or packaged applications like SAP – the platform makes sure the data can be used with a variety of mobile devices. The Sybase Unwired Platform supports Windows Mobile, Windows 32-bit laptops and tablets, iPhones and iPads, Symbian devices, and RIM BlackBerry devices.
Sybase achieves this heterogeneous environment through the use of mobile business objects, or MBOs. MBOs are the foundation of the Sybase Unwired Platform. They take complicated back end integration and simplify it for mobile devices. Business process logic is combined with an integrated design tool, allowing the mobile solutions to reconnect to the data source. And as other devices and systems become available in the future, the Sybase Unwired Platform can easily evolve to accommodate them.
On the next page, we examine Afaria, Sybase’s mobile device management solution that can be integrated with Sybase Unwired Platform.