Last week the buds on the trees in my backyard were barely turning to leaves; and as I made my way to the airport the snow was still falling. It doesn’t feel quite like spring – but somehow it’s time for SapphireNOW!
Gearing up for the event, I spent the weekend preparing sessions and rehearsing demos that showcase several SAP HANA Cloud Platform services. I’m excited to share a few new things being announced here in Orlando related to UX and Mobile.
You may have heard that SAP Fiori, cloud edition became available in late Q1. This week we also are announcing the HCP mobile service for SAP Fiori – as well as a new HCP 3rd party integration framework for building even richer hybrid mobile apps with vendors Microsoft, AppDome, Keynote, Zimperium and Pulse Secure. I’ll attempt to break down these new services, which are designed to simplify, streamline and mobilize the SAP Fiori user experience.
Each of these new HCP services was created to help drive innovation on the cloud while taking full advantage of the stability of your on-premise investments.
First lets recap SAP Fiori, cloud edition. This is a simple deployment option for the SAP Fiori UX on HCP. You can now enjoy a full demo-to-production cloud environment to experience, extend, and run SAP Fiori apps and SAP Fiori launchpad. Of course, you still consume business data from your on-premise SAP Business Suite software. This hybrid architecture reduces implementation and ongoing operational costs, and gives you a consistent UX optimized for desktop and mobile devices.
- While at Sapphire, you can catch many sessions, pop by our booth at DE417 for a demo, or read more from Aviad Rivlin about what’s going this week at the show.
The latest addition to SAP Fiori, cloud edition is the new HCP mobile service for SAP Fiori. I’ve written a lot over the past few months (including here) about this topic. I believe strongly that mobile and UX are two sides of the same coin. That’s why we are providing extended mobile capabilities via SAP Fiori, cloud edition – you simply can’t have a strong UX solution if you don’t consider your mobile users! With this service you can optimize SAP Fiori apps (both on-prem and cloud apps) for mobile use. This lets you simplifying the way you package, customize, secure, connect, test, distribute, and monitor SAP Fiori mobile apps.
Expanding even further on this, as part of the HCP mobile service for SAP Fiori, we also provide a way to help you take advantage of 3rd party tools and technologies. With this HCP 3rd Party Integration Framework, we can enhance SAP Fiori mobile apps with even more services from leading technology vendors. There are two types of plugins – admins plugins and app plugins – the first are plugins that are added to the mobile service console to add features after apps are built, the second are plugins that are embedded into the hybrid SAP Fiori mobile app at build time. The following vendors have announced their participation for this framework.
Microsoft – SAP customers can build custom hybrid mobile SAP Fiori apps that embed a Microsoft Cordova plugin of the Intune SDK, allowing apps to be secured and managed with Microsoft Intune. Today Microsoft announced the technology enabling these integrated scenarios is in public preview at the conference and will GA in early Q3 2016.
AppDome – SAP Customers can build custom SAP Fiori mobile apps that enhance the security of the mobile app with app wrapping capabilities.
Pulse Secure – SAP Customers can build custom SAP Fiori mobile apps that leverage Pulse Secure’s VPN technology to provide transparent secure access to enterprise systems.
Zimperium – SAP customers can build custom SAP Fiori mobile apps that leverage Zimperium’s Mobile Threat Management solution, protecting apps from threats such as malware, network attacks, phishing/spoofing attacks, etc.
Keynote – Keynote Mobile Testing enables SAP users to run functional tests of mobile apps on real, cloud-based mobile smartphones and tablets directly from SAP mobile services running on HCP.
- Read more on the Keynote website.
Customers and Partners Agree
I have connected with many customers and partners about all of the news shared above. So many people have been sharing their opinions on the items above. Here is a collection of a few quotes worth reading.
Gareth Ryan, Enterprise Architect, AgilityWorks Ltd (UK) and SAP Mentor said “SAP Fiori, cloud edition helps us to simplify our customers’ infrastructure in the cloud, while still allowing for easy integration with their on premise back-office systems. As an App Development Partner, this model frees us to focus on developing great new SAP Fiori apps as part of our broader UX-led services, which help us to re-imagine the entirety of a client’s business. Removing many of the infrastructure limitations accelerates our time to deliver, enabling us and our customers to concentrate on what matters most – the user experience.”
SAP partner Mindset Consulting developed an SAP Fiori cloud app, called SAP Fiori – BW Query that visualizes SAP BW data in a Fiori experience. One of their customers, a senior manager at a top home renovation retailer said, “BW for Fiori has allowed us to easily build visually appealing reports for our stores while staying true to the SAP Fiori standards. Once we had our BEx Queries ready, all we had to do was configuration. We never thought building Fiori-looking reports could be that easy. Not just that, these cool looking reports are also mobile-enabled.”
Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President – Microsoft in his blog said, “SAP has an incredible portfolio of apps. One could argue that Microsoft is the gold-standard for the productivity tools that the world uses, and SAP is the gold-standard for the business apps. Thus, it makes sense that customers would want both of these sets of apps to securely share data and empower users to achieve more! And that is exactly what we hear from customers around the globe!”
An SAP Customer in the manufacturing industry explained, “Providing a great user experience is a very high priority for us as we begin to deploy SAP Fiori apps largely on mobile devices. SAP Fiori, cloud edition simplifies our SAP interface for simple transactions that will help improve user productivity and experience. We want to make it as simple as possible for our users to interact with SAP Fiori from any device.”
For more information please visit hcp.sap.com/capabilities/ux.html. If you need support on your UX journey, SAP also offers UX Design Consulting Services.