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unofficial History of SAP Mobile Application Platform

Even though it has only been two years since the acquisition of Sybase, the evolution is so fast and fascinating that I thought interesting to keep track of the most important events happening in the SAP Mobile Application Platform.

Instead of posting in the blog itself, I filled up the wiki page unofficial History of SAP Mobile Application Platform that like an ongoing collection can be kept fresh and updated by all the SCN community members.

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Evolution wrap-up

In a nutshell my personal digest of events that you can check out in the wiki page unofficial History of SAP Mobile Application Platform

June 2010

Together with my great team that includes sapmentor Ivan Femia,  Fabio Di Micco, Luca Grilli Luca Macagnino Andrea Soresini @MarcoStucchi Alessandro Lavazzi, I jumped into this fascinating mobile world in Jun 2010 as soon as SAP bought Sybase.

We meet friends at Sybase Milano and we had our first chance to put our dirty-hands on the SUP 1.5.2 just installed in our Labs.

Strange to think now but at that time iPhone was not yet supported and many people didn’t consider it an “enterprise-ready” device.

Fall 2010

SUP 1.5.3 included the support for iPhone and by end of year the SSO with SAP backends arrived.

Spring 2011

SUP 2.0 introduced two big milestones:

  • the Hybrid Web Container (for HTML5)
  • support for the component I most like: SAP NW Gateway with it’s Odata protocol

Beginning 2012

It was the time for Android finally fully supported, yes it’s six months ago. (Android started to be supported only with the Hybrid Web Container and later the native API were delivered without the automatic code generation from the workplace).

It was also the time for the terrific Mobile Analytics Kit (MAKit) that I’m sure will reserve a number of good surprises.

Then the unexpected agreement with the leaders in the area of Mobile Application framework based on the Web standards like:

  • Adobe PhoneGap
  • Appcelerator
  • Sencha

Summer 2012

SAP acquires Syclo, a leading provider of enterprise mobile applications and technologies. The mobile portfolio extended so much introducing some doubts in terms of strategy that I’m looking forward to see about SUP and Syclo convergence.

…more timeline consumption options

To improve the consumption, I also created a timeline with dipity.com unofficial History of SAP Mobile Application Platform –  in dipity.

Then, since dipity is a bit slow, I also copied to timerime.com unofficial History of SAP Mobile Application Platform –  in timerime that unfortunately is in flash.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      It's great to see this information in the one place. Very interesting!

      Author's profile photo Sergio Ferrari
      Sergio Ferrari
      Blog Post Author

      thanks Tim

      Author's profile photo Alessandro Spadoni
      Alessandro Spadoni

      Thank you Sergio for sharing this valuable content.

      Wiki page and the timeline are very useful for all newbies on SUP

      Author's profile photo Sergio Ferrari
      Sergio Ferrari
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Alessandro, Indeed I did with the newbies in mind but I hope it will also useful for architects

      Author's profile photo Alessandro Spadoni
      Alessandro Spadoni

      Sure!

      I say "newbie" because i'm a newbie on SUP but it will also useful for architects 🙂

      Author's profile photo Paul Tomlinson
      Paul Tomlinson

      I think the only thing that is missing is SAP MI, as sadly it is still being used by SAP, particularly DOE.  It is an extremely helpful diagram though.

      Author's profile photo Sergio Ferrari
      Sergio Ferrari
      Blog Post Author

      You're right Paul and thanks for the feedback.

      Since I do not know enough to say nothing about SAP MI, I skipped it but it would be great if you will update the wiki page unofficial History of SAP Mobile Application Platform.

      From my side I can only link to one interesting wiki page SAP Mobile Infrastructure 7.0 created by Ruturaj Inamdar

      Author's profile photo Simon Kemp
      Simon Kemp

      Hi Sergio,

      The link to the Wiki page seems to be broken... do you know what happened, can you update it?

      Thanks

      Simon

      Author's profile photo Sergio Ferrari
      Sergio Ferrari
      Blog Post Author

      Good question Simon. I do not know the reason.

      I just dropped a question to the great SCN team. We'll see.

      Author's profile photo Sergio Ferrari
      Sergio Ferrari
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Simon,

        the link to the wiki page is now working again. Its now URL is http://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/SAPMOB/unofficial+History+of+SAP+Mobile+Application+Platform