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As you know, Team Rapid has been working with SMP 3.0 over the past few weeks as part of a special early-access program with SAP. We’ve installed it and had a chance to play around with the new features and experience firsthand all of the upgrades and updates to the platform. Today we want to talk about two features of SMP 3.0: Agentry and SAP Management Cockpit.

Agentry (the SMP 2.3 version is shown above) is essentially just a set of similar software components which communicate with one another and work together. New in SMP 3.0 is some awesome features updating the Agentry Toolkit. For starters, SMP 3.0 now allows UI control over the Agentry Screen, meaning you get to see only what you want to, when you want to. This cleans up the UI significantly and simplifies administration significantly. Also, the Exchange Data Model has been implemented for this release. The Exchange Data Model uses a method that retrieves offline data when users synchronize clients. This means that significant control is now available over synchronization, reducing the amount of resources required.

SAP Management Cockpit (shown above) is also full of nifty features. It’s a visually impressive and significant upgrade from SMPs of the past and most mobile platforms like it. The Cockpit is similar to the old Sybase Control Center, only written in HTML 5 instead of Flash, which makes the whole system work much more smoothly. It’s a much easier way to manage applications, backend modules, and authentifications.

“In SMP 3.0, a developer can use agentry to develop offline applications and all the development work is moved to Eclipse IDE,” says David Liang, one of our chief developers. “We’re looking forward to doing more work with the SMP 3.0 system.”

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