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The Jury of four Mobile Experts – Nick McQuire (Analyst, Mobile, IDC), Dennis Howlett (IT Industry Analyst), Colin Sharp (SAP EMEA), Michael Heim (SAP DACH) – have selected the three finalists for the 2012 Challenge from over 350 app submissions and 150 partner participants.

Read this newer post for the announcement of the winner!

We thank all the partners that have submitted their app showcases to the Partner Mobility App Catalog (EMEA) – overall the submissions showed a high quality and commitment to our joint customers. Feel free to continue submitting apps to that site; as this continues to be a simple, yet very attractive way to make your mobile apps known to the SAP customer base. If you want to become a full SAP mobile app partner, check out SAP’s Mobile App Partner Center.

The jury followed the pre-announced criteria catalog (appended) to score the individual mobile apps. The Jury consisted of ). At the end of this careful analysis the following three finalists (shown in alphabetical order) were identified:

It is planned that the ultimate winner of this year’s challenge will be announced by SAP CIO, Oliver Bussmann, in an Award ceremony at SAPPHIRE NOW Madrid on Thursday Nov 15, 13:30-13:50 in the Mobile campus.

Both SAP and partners realize that mobile will be the next desktop for our customers, transforming business processes (B2E) and the way we engage with consumers (B2C).”, said Colin Sharp, Vice President Mobility, SAP EMEA and one of the Jury Members. “Partners are showing tremendous interest, as also witnessed during the Mobile Apps Challenge, and have already developed a wide range of innovative, high-quality apps. We congratulate the three finalists for their outstanding apps. Our goal is to have over 80 percent of mobile apps running on the SAP mobile platform to be contributed by our partners. Our joint customers are eager to learn about the exciting possibilities in this area.”

For more details, follow the SAPPHIRE NOW group on LinkedIn and the Twitter handle #SAPPHIRENOW

CHALLENGE SCORING CRITERIA

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User Experience

Is the app visually appealing/attractive?

Does the app have a wow factor (sizzle)?

Is the layout intuitive and the app ease to use?

Functionality/
Innovation

Does the app enable exciting new functionality which is unique to a mobile usage scenario ?

What is the grade of pioneering functional break through and differentiation?

Does the app take full advantage of, and maximize the functionality of the device for which it was built?

Customer Appeal

Will the app appeal to a large SAP customer base?

What is the opportunity for the app in the SAP customer base e.g. how does it leverage  integrated SAP back-end process and system scenarios?

Business Value

Does the app solve a critical business need and increase business effectiveness?

Will the app offer a unique value proposition for the end user?

Does the app make a significant/disruptive impact on the user’s life and business experience

SAP Mobile Strategy Support

Built on the SAP mobile platform (Sybase Unwired Platform or SAP Netweaver Gateway) – current or planned

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