Your technology options: developing mobile apps for the SAP backend

Your technology options developing mobile apps for the SAP backend

SAP provides you with a range of technologies to make your business can improve and end-users mobile. You can develop secure, scalable apps to connect any device to your cloud or on-premise systems.

Sometimes out of the box solutions don’t work for your business and you require a mobile or cloud-based platform that is as unique as your business. We completely understand this and can work with you to design an SAP mobile application that ticks all your boxes. Our consultants can help you design, deliver, and support the delivery of an SAP mobile application.

We can meet with you at your business, at our head office, or via virtual meeting to discuss your needs, your budget, and your brand. Throughout the process, your business will be our driving force and we will provide you with consultants who can provide near round-the-clock support. This support can ensure we get your business mobile-ready, cloud-ready, and with a bespoke enterprise mobility solution as quickly as possible.

SAP mobile application development has evolved over the last couple of decades. Over time SAP has offered a number of solutions including RF Programming, NetWeaver MI, Syclo Agentry, Sybase MBO, SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) native and hybrid Kapsel containers, SAP Cloud Platform mobile services Mobile Development Kit (MDK), SAP mobile cards and SAP Cloud Platform SDKs.

Even now there are still numerous options on the market:

  • SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) iOS/Android/Win10 native SDKs.
  • SMP Hybrid Kapsel SDK
  • SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) iOS/Android native SDKs
  • SAP Cloud Platform mobile services (SCPms) Mobile Development Kit (MDK) framework
  • SAP UI5 (SAP Fiori)
  • SCPms Mobile Cards

In this article, we will discuss the above SAP options in summary to guide you through the process of deciding the best possible development process for your mobile enterprise.

Where to start?

Before you get started with building a mobile solution, it is always a good idea to check if there is a standard mobile solution from SAP or Partners which can meet your needs. Buy is always better than build if the solution fits your needs. You can explore our own mobile products like myJobCardmyWarehouse

Things to consider

SAP also provides Agentry framework to build mobile apps which you may decide to utilise. This approach is similar to MDK approach, although Agentry does not have a very active roadmap from SAP.

If you are looking to build micro wallet style apps, you can also use SCPms Mobile cards, however Mobile Cards do not offer a full app development framework.

Now, let’s look at the current SAP options

Reduce cost

Reduce app development cost by leveraging drag & drop simplicity of the no-code tool.

Mobile Development Kit (MDK) is a feature in SAP Mobile Services, it is a metadata-driven tool that allows users to customize native SAP applications, as well as rapidly create new native mobile applications. MDK uses SAP Web IDE Full-Stack and the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) to enable you to customize, deploy, and manage mobile apps in the cloud.

So, what next?

Mobile application development technologies and techniques for SAP are regularly changing and we’ve spent the past decade going on this journey and helping our customers through it.

We are passionate about providing our customers with enterprise mobility solutions that best fit their needs. As technology continues to adapt and improve & mobile application development options continue to diversify, SAP customers must ensure that they have guidelines in place to choose the right mobile app development technology. 

Whether you are looking to augment your internal mobile development team or outsource a full project, with our SAP Mobile App Development services we are here to help you develop your SAP mobile apps. Get in touch with On Device Solutions today so we can guide you through this journey. 

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