6 Keys for Developing a Mobile SAP Strategy

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • February 11, 2010
/Project Management/Mobile
SAP companies are increasingly expanding their core systems and processes into mobile devices and applications. As mobile applications proliferate, companies must develop coherent strategies for managing the expansion of their SAP mobile solutions.

As companies continue to push their IT teams to do more with less, solutions that boost employee productivity are increasingly valuable. For many companies, mobilizing core business applications offers a way to get more out of their existing infrastructures.

For several reasons, SAP companies are more likely than ever to push more and more data into mobile devices and applications. The rise of the smartphone and the proliferation of mobile computing applications are the key drivers (Figure 1). There has also been a cultural shift in which employees are generally more willing to be tied to their jobs off-site in exchange for increased scheduling flexibility.

Figure 1
SAP sales functionality enabled on an iPhone

However, there are risks ahead for companies that don’t develop forward-thinking mobile application strategies, according to Troy O’Connor, CEO of Sky Technologies. Without proper planning, companies can easily end up with an unmanageable array of mobile point solutions, each with its own infrastructure and dedicated resources. In these situations, managing the security, performance, and maintenance of your mobile solutions can be prohibitively expensive and time consuming, says O’Connor.

A well-crafted mobile SAP strategy, on the other hand, offers several business benefits. Employees that are no longer tethered to the office can complete more work in the field, sales professionals can spend more time on client sites, and supply chain professionals can shorten their processes, says O’Connor.

“Companies running SAP have invested large sums of money in the infrastructure, the applications, and the skills required to operate that system. There’s no reason why they can’t take a mobility solution that leverages that system,” says O’Connor.

In this interview, O’Connor shares six keys for developing a mobile SAP strategy.

For more on the rise of mobile computing and SAP, see “SAP Goes Mobile: Should You Get On Board?” by Davin Wilfrid in the ERP Expert online knowledgebase.

Davin Wilfrid

Davin Wilfrid was a writer and editor for SAPinsider and SAP Experts. He contributed case studies and research projects aimed at helping the SAP ecosystem get the most out of their existing technology investments.

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