Since its launch on Nov 2013, SAP MCF has been widely adopted by customers across the globe and continue to grow as a solution with several releases since then. So what is SAP MCF?. Simply put, SAP MCF allows Utility companies, in a simple and cost effective way, to digitize their customer interactions through self-service digital channels like web, mobile and social. It does so by abstracting the complexity of the SAP Business Suite for Utilities into simple open standard Rest based APIs/OData services that can be easily consumed by consumer facing apps-on any channel, built using any technology.

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The following things should come to your mind when you think SAP MCF.

Apps

3 template apps that can be deployed for use by end consumers are delivered as part of MCF. A standard desktop web app, a responsive design app that dynamically renders itself to device form factor ( you could think of it as mobile optimized web page) and a native mobile app for Android and iOS. Technically,these apps are built with SAP UI5. The interesting thing is that all the apps use the same MCF REST based APIs/OData services, hence there is no more costly app-per-app integration required and what’s even better is that the customer gets to see same data irrespective of the app he/she is using.

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55+ pre-integrated self-service scenarios

Engaging closely with our customers from different regions, we have identified the most important self services scenarios relevant for the utilities industry  and delivered them as part of the standard solution. A scenario is delivered as a single or  a combination of REST based API/OData services that are fully integrated to the SAP Business Suite for Utilities. The scenarios range from simple ones like view bills, change personal data to more advanced like view smart meter consumption, signing up for a new product and submitting a meter reading anonymously. So there is lots of content that can be used out-of-the-box, have a look below.

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Platform

While SAP MCF is an out of the box solution offering ready to use self-services scenarios and apps, it is very much also a high productivity platform that makes it easy to enhance the standard or develop new scenarios. It is powered by SAP Gateway and SAP Mobile Platform that enable enterprise grade security, scalability and extensibility. SAP Gateway where OData services are build and consumed, is further complemented with a framework to make it easy to enhance or add to the pre-delivered OData services. The MCF mobile app runs on SAP Mobile Platform which in addition to providing a mobile infrastructure, also contains various tools to enhance existing or create new mobile apps.

No Upgrade required

SAP MCF is delivered as a set of 3 non-modifying add-ons, one each to be deployed on ISU, CRM and Gateway respectively.As long as minimum release level requirements- ISU 6.04 and/or CRM 7.0 are met, its a simple add-on installation without any need for upgrade.This means that you can go up and running with MCF with minimum disruption to your existing running business systems. Also to be noted that CRM is optional, indeed several customers are already running MCF  with an ISU only installation.

Misc

If all the above is still not enough šŸ™‚ ,  MCF comes with more features like own user management, channel analytic, 360 customer view, push notifications, co-browsing for agent and customer.

Keep exploring the dedicated  MCF key topic page for more interesting news and information. I look forward to your comments.

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  1. Mohammed Abdul

    Thanks for the information. I understand it would be simple Addon installation on backend system however how about front end installation. Ā SAP MCF installation what would be its requirement ? Will it be a separate SAP netwaver gateway installation separate box/server . Kindly give its installation details. Thanks

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  2. Hoa Chu Khanh

    WeĀ are looking for replacement of Taxpayer onlineĀ service module for SAP TRM. I have two questions concerning the capacity of SAP MCF:
    – Does it supportĀ forms framework of SAP TRM?
    – Does it support BRF+ of SAP TRM?

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