Create Mobile Applications Easily Using the Sybase Unwired Platform

  • by Ilan Blecher, Solution Principal, SAP Mobile, ecenta AG
  • Sebastian Angerer, Consulting Manager EMEA, ecenta AG
  • September 9, 2011
Learn how to develop mobile applications using Sybase Unwired Platform and understand the concepts of SAP mobility as well as prerequisites for a successful deployment. Get an overview of the platform’s architecture, learn how to install and configure the platform, and see how to develop your first application. Learn some tips and tricks for the successful development of an application for Apple devices.
Key Concept
The Sybase Unwired Platform is the middleware between a mobile device and an SAP system. Mobile Business Objects are developed in Sybase Unwired WorkSpace and deployed before code for the mobile device is generated. This code is used to develop the mobile application and user interface for the device.

In today’s world there are more and more requirements for mobile applications. The standard mobile applications provided by SAP and their partners cover only a small fraction of the functionality required by various areas within companies of all industries. Thus you often need to develop and deploy your own applications.

A leading global engineering firm recently sought a mobile application for incident handling based on SAP CRM Service Request Management. The firm’s field engineers required an application with timely data capturing and location-independent access to their knowledge database. This was needed for fast restoration of operations and to ensure customer satisfaction. The company had decided to use Apple’s iPad, and asked for an intuitive user interface (UI) using Apple’s standard look and feel and design concepts.

The final product included features such as the creation and update of incidents, customer details, and a history of incidents for each machine. It also used an SAP NetWeaver TREX-based knowledge search to find solutions for known problems. The use of native application development, based on a Sybase Unwired Platform-generated data model and communication layer, allowed users to take advantage of device-specific features. Engineers could use the iPad’s camera to take photos to better document an incident or read barcodes to reduce manual data entry.

Based on the experience from this solution and previous mobility implementations on various platforms, the following sections explain the basics of mobile application development and the use of the Sybase Unwired Platform.

Ilan Blecher

Ilan Blecher is a solution principal for SAP mobile solutions at ecenta AG in Walldorf, Germany, with a total of 14 years of experience in SAP products. Since 2008 he has focused on SAP mobility solutions and implementing mobile solutions on various platforms and devices, including security and deployment solutions such as Afaria.

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Sebastian Angerer

Sebastian Angerer is a consulting manager for the EMEA region at ecenta AG in Walldorf, Germany, with a total of nine years of experience in SAP products. In the role of solution architect, he has contributed to many successful SAP CRM projects worldwide, providing functional and technical consulting as well as managing the delivery of projects.

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