Mobile Application Development Platforms

SAP

SAP is a public company headquartered in Walldorf, Germany.

In the mobile sector, SAP’s considerable investments and managerial focus on mobility have established it as a highly visible leader in this market.

The acquisition of Sybase in 2010 provided the foundation for its mobility strategy, which was
bolstered in 2012, when SAP acquired mobile application vendor Syclo.

SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) is an assemblage of products brought in through these acquisitions as well as through organically developed components, such as SAP’s HTML5 and JavaScript-based UI framework, SAPUI5 (based on open-source jQuery).

In October 2013, SAP shipped the long-awaited unified version of its platform, SMP 3.0, answering
the question of what the unified platform would comprise and which development paths
organizations should adopt. SMP 3.0 introduced AppBuilder: a Web-based visual design tool,
and it is also bundled with SAP River Rapid Development Environment.

The core of the platform is modular, leveraging standards such as OData and OSGi, and offers feature parity between cloud and on-premises deployments.

SAP’s pricing strategy is diverse, reflecting its portfolio of products and services, but in general, the
company’s approach is enterprise-level pricing for enterprise-grade offerings.

A few offerings are freeand open source (such as SAPUI5).

Typical costs for an initial mobile development project, in terms of attributable direct costs and related fees, are in the enterprise end of the spectrum (more than $50,000per year); see Note 1.

Consider the SMP if your enterprise is looking for a single vendor that offers
a broad portfolio of mobile technology alternatives, especially if your organization
already has a strong vendor relationship with SAP.

Strengths

SMP is a proven enterprise-focused mobile application platform that supports a broad range of
client architectures and development tool chains, including native, HTML5, hybrid, SMS and
metadata-driven clients.

SAP’s broad customer base means its products have been tested in a broad range of mobile
applications across a diverse set of industries. Prebuilt solutions for some SAP modules can
significantly accelerate the time to market.

In addition to the expected enterprise features, SAP provides comprehensive postdeployment
monitoring and analytics, allowing development and operations teams to analyze application
usage and to troubleshoot end-to-end transaction failures and performance issues.

Source Gartner

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