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The best bits on Mobility from the TechEd 2012 in Las Vegas:

1. SAP Mobility Platform. This appears to me to just be mainly a marketing term. Technically it appears to be a merger of SUP server and the Syclo Agentry server, possibly some things are merged like the administration panel ? But under the hood its probably still three servers – A SUP replication server (Mobilink), a SUP messaging server (Moca) and a Agentry server. Having said that, if it easier to load, administer and licence – then horray 🙂

2. MOB264 – Using Appcelerator Titanium and SAP mobile platform. Brilliant hands on session which shows how you can use SUP 2.2 and the Appcelerator product a briliant merger of products 🙂 . Its a shame there is no recording of this session.

3. MOB261 – Building mobile Apps on SAP Mobile Platform with PhoneGap, Sencha and HTML5. Again another brilliant hands on session, the best bit for me was when we took a workflow app and removed the jQueryMobile HTML5 code and replaced it with Sencha code 🙂 . Shows how flexable the HWC (Hybrid web container) is 🙂

4. MOB116 – Backprop approach to Mobility by the IBM team. This was a suprisingly good session where Parag Karkhanis and Matthew Schwartz did a two man act describing how IBM do a five day analysis session with their Customers before going to POC. Its a shame there is no recording of this session. Here are some of the nuggets from the session.

– Speed, adaption and collaboration can only occur in an environment specifically tailored to be conducive for the same. This means address Resource, Technology as well as Processes.

o Resources – Focus your best resources in Innovation. – Consider Resourcing alternatives – Crowd Sourcing.

o Technology – Plan for a Short Technology Lifecycle – Avoid Technology Fixations.

o Processes – Be open to Process reinvention – Incubate as you Innovate – Continuously seek feedback – Adopt Incremental Deployment

– Now that you have setup a conducive atmosphere, the way you manage the project also needs to be

o Discover – Use journey mapping – Use collaborative workshops to extract ideas.

o Design – Continuous feedback and rapid prototyping (iRise) – Mobility Training = oxymoron.

o Develop – Iterate, iterate, iterate – Ergonomics in Mobility.

o Deploy – Ratify full lifecycle management first – Consider continuious deployment.

– A collaborative workshop with thought provoking questions that iteratively guides one to the optimal Mobility Strategy.

o Strategy – Who currently ownes Mobility? – What is the number of Mobile Online transactions ? Mobile web hits ? – Do current/future business processes require mobile enablement ? – Do you know what devices your customer is using ? – Who manges Mobile devices ? – Does everyone get access via mobile devices ?

o Device management – How do you grant access to devices ? What do you do when a device is lost ? How do you track them ? – Does your end-user pay a portion for the device ? – Does procurement have a standard device agreement with your vendor/supplier ? – What types of devices are you currently supporting? Plan to support? – What types of devices are you currently supporting ? plan to support ? – How do you tell what OS version you need ?

o Application architecture – Do any of your applications provide mobility as they provide integration out of the box ? – Does your aplication architecture support mobility ? Do you have Mobile Usability guidelines ? – Do your Enterprise Apps require additional licenses for mobile users ? – Will your apps behave the same on all supported mobile devices ?

o System Landscape – How many concurrent web users do you support ? – Have you established mobile transaction performance thresholds ? – Can you push data to the device ? – Can your devices access corportae data ? – Can your systems tell you who is accessing your applications ? Track number of mobile users ? – Do you seperate data accessible via mobile ?

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