If you are familiar with NetWeaver Gateway, you know how Gateway can be open and flexible to connect devices, environments and platforms with any programming languages by leveraging REST services and OData protocol. Gateway has been widely adopted by many SAP products such Fiori, Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Lumira, etc.
With more enterprise companies using Google Apps (like Gmail, Docs, Sheets, etc.) in their daily business, the growing demand of consuming data from SAP to Google Apps shows its potential in the market. Last fall, we had the opportunity to explore this Google integration channel with Gateway with 2 SAP customers in the U.S.
Initially, from SAP side, we provided the test landscape maintained by the SAP Developer Center. Then, Google team had successfully consumed a service of Product object as an example to display product information in the Google Sheets from SAP ERP system. The Google Apps runs on their Google cloud technology consume the REST services exposed by SAP NetWeaver Gateway. This shows huge potential of improving the productivity for our customers and even customers’ customers when more data from SAP can be accessed through Google Apps via cloud or mobility.
The proof-of-concept projects are underway. We are collaborating with Google and the customers as co-innovation projects identifying the following scenarios for the projects:
1. Create and update data in SAP backend using Google forms / Docs
2. Generate report in Google Sheets
3. SAP Workflow approval via Gmail client
On the other hand, for SAP Partners who build and sell enterprise solutions with SAP and Google technologies, they can participate in our new 2014 SAP and Google Application Challenge. Participating members will receive enablement and certification support. The finialists will get a chance to win a pair of Google Glass as well. For more details, check the page here.