Manage SAP Fiori Mobile Apps with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite
Update Oct 19/2019: Please note that this blog content is no longer supported by SAP.
The SAP mobility team has been very busy building a new cloud-based service designed to optimize the mobile experience for companies deploying SAP Fiori. This solution provides a no-code option to help you quickly build mobile SAP Fiori apps using SAP technologies and tools that connect to on-premise SAP environments. The completed SAP Fiori apps can then be deployed to end users via any Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution including SAP Mobile Secure, SAP Afaria or Microsoft Intune.
Through our long time partnership with Microsoft, SAP has been keenly interested in finding ways to interoperate SAP Mobile products with Microsoft products. Early in the process of developing this solution, we recognized that SAP and Microsoft have a number of customers in common, of which some have chosen to deploy Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).
You will soon be able to create custom SAP Fiori mobile apps and deploy those apps to end users via Microsoft Intune (you can also read the Microsoft blog.) Using the SAP Fiori mobile service, SAP will enable you to build custom mobile apps that combine SAP Fiori HTML5 apps with additional native capabilities using the Apache Cordova framework. During the custom app build process, which is initiated by the customer, we will dynamically retrieve third party Cordova plugins, such as a Microsoft Cordova plugin encapsulating the Intune SDK, that allows the app to be managed with Microsoft Intune.
Our team’s goal is to help you mobilize and deploy your custom SAP Fiori apps across diverse environments. SAP Fiori mobile service (which was recently announced at SAP TechEd) and SAP Mobile Place will soon interoperate with Microsoft Intune. We believe that allowing you to build rich mobile applications using SAP’s mobile offerings as well our partner’s technologies is the best way to leverage your investment in SAP Fiori apps while offering a great mobile user experience.
We accomplish this process by simplifying how custom SAP Fiori apps are first published to SAP Mobile Place, SAP’s enterprise app store. We then further distribute the apps via Microsoft Intune.
The key aspects of this interoperability effort are:
- Using SAP Fiori mobile service, you will be able to add Cordova plug-ins from third parties, generating a custom SAP Fiori app.
- SAP and Microsoft have been building and testing a Cordova plug-in that encapsulates the Intune SDK. Once this Cordova plug-in is added as part of the custom SAP Fiori app (by you), it can be managed in an Intune EMS environment.
- You will be able to include the Intune Cordova plug-in into a custom SAP Fiori mobile app, build the app and then publish the custom SAP Fiori app to SAP’s enterprise app store, SAP Mobile Place.
- IT administrators will then be able to use Microsoft EMS to deploy the custom Fiori app to their end users.
We expect to roll out this integration gradually, with a beta program beginning in early 2016. If you are an SAP Fiori customer who is considering or has already deployed Microsoft EMS and would be like to be considered for our early adopter program, please contact me via email at Milja.Gillespie@sap.com.