It has been a while since I have seen such a passionate CEO. I read her Message of the Day every morning which helps me start my day with optimism and a great belief in the human spirit. I follow her blog series about the impact Design Thinking is bringing to the IT world and now I’m excited not only because her company’s new app is the first Fiori app that was certified by SAP but because it also won the 2014 SAP and Google Apps Challenge.

I’m talking about Sana Salam, the president and founder of Sodales Solutions. The company is a certified SAP partner focused on mobile and big data solutions. The company believes in bringing the human factor to the technology world, resulting in an easy user experience within the constraints of a business environment.

The winning app is their Labor Cockpit App, a mobile app following the SAP Fiori design guidelines. It allows the collaboration between companies, their external recruitment agencies, various regulatory bodies and of course the candidates around labor management processes. Using this app will result in higher efficiencies and transparency. Using its self-service, personalized Launchpad, hiring teams and project managers can save time and costs and quickly onboard, assign work, schedule and track staff productivity and share documentation such as policies and licenses.

When I was reviewing the app, I could really see how teams can take faster (and better) informed decisions backed by analytics that will surely improve profitability down the road.

Now that the Labor Cockpit app is certified, customers can get it via the SAP Store, which will feature partner apps that expand the SAP Fiori app portfolio for various industries, lines of business and roles.

The certification process ensures that all apps built are robust regardless of the creator (SAP or a partner). When submitting apps for the certification program, partners need to provide relevant documentation on the UI design (e.g. following SAP Fiori Design guidelines, app template, and product definition) and complete a Technical Product Profile (TPP). Then SAP staff technically test the apps on their installation and configuration, registered development namespaces and usage, SAP Gateway content configuration and more. Functional spot checks will be performed alongside a review of the documented comprehensive test scenario performed by the partner. 

Stay tuned for other blog posts about partners providing Fiori apps.

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  1. Manish Meshram

    Hello Sharon,

    I feel Crave InfoTech’s Asset Tracking and Inspection solution is equally good, probably better.



    They were also participants in Google contest. Solution meets problems of ageing workforce,emergency response and planning,field workforce productivity, situational awareness and field workforce automation using M2M.


    Solution is certified and developed using SAP Netweaver Gateway(oData), UI5 ,SAP Mobile paltform and HANA.  


    Industry Verticals : Utilities,Transportation & logistics , public sector and health care.


    Asset tracking ( Server) http://youtu.be/NZt8k3Z39Sg

    Electronic Proof of delivery http://youtu.be/fg5MfzVgqXg

    Asset Inspection http://youtu.be/hc1XVkOeuWY

    Asset tracking ( Mobile) http://youtu.be/G-UEJ0n3yAg

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    1. Sharon Agam Post author

      Dear Manish,

      thanks for sharing this great information. I have watched all the videos and indeed the solution is impressive. Is there an option they can follow the SAP Fiori Design guidelines?

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      1. Manish Meshram

        Application is already developed using UI5 and oData.

        What is the benefit of getting the application on Fiori design guidelines?

        SAP purchased few products like Success factor , Ariba they also do not follow those guideline, but they follow common integration protocol (oData), crave applications also follow same..

        Regards Manish

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        1. Sharon Agam Post author

          Fiori Design guidelines are not necessarily the Fiori apps. The Fiori Design
          Guidelines are for all line of businesses, Industries, tasks and devices.

           

          The app should target one specific role and support how and where this role works,
          focusing only on the important tasks.

           

          A great advantage in following the Fiori design guidelines is that the app
          will be coherent with multiple solutions providing a better UX for the end users.

           

          As I didn’t get the chance to thoroughly review the app, I can’t really tell
          whether it fully complies with the guidelines but in case it does, then great!

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  2. Diego Gaudenzi

    Hello Sharon, what do you think will be the main reason for the Partner to get the Fiori App certified and on the SAP Store specially since the Fiori Apps are now free?

    I will have imagine that the partners will sell them to customers directly.

    Regards,

    Diego.

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  3. Sana Salam

    Dear Diego,

    Perhaps, I can try to answer this.

    1. certification allows you to get the credibility stamp and QA review from SAP internal Fiori architecture team  and ICC teams
    2. certification also allows you to receive the marketing and branding support for building the first few benchmark Fiori apps. It is great for recognition for winning customer trust.
    3. Certification also allows you to publish your app on SAP store, which has a reach to over 250k customers. You have a reach.
    4. Just going through the certification steps teaches you a lot, e.g. the persona templates, the technical profile… going through the exercise of filling these documents is an excellent learning for your team.

    FYI: Certification takes just a few hours of call and a few documents that you need to submit in advance.

    Best of luck,

    Sana Salam

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