There are now a whole host of apps on the market capable of mapping day-to-day business processes on mobile devices. This doesn’t mean that one single application is set to replace the office desktop. It’s much more about having targeted access to certain data while you’re away from the office, and therefore about keeping abreast of what’s happening. Apps virtually eliminate the need for phone calls to colleagues – who may be difficult to contact anyway if they have a constant stream of meetings. And curiously, the development of SAP’s apps for iPhones and iPads went almost unnoticed by the outside world.
One of SAP’s first mobile applications was SAP BusinessObjects Explorer for iPhones, which enabled graphical data analysis using Apple’s popular smartphone. At almost the same time, the AUS Traffic app became available, which made the daily traffic chaos in the Australian city of Brisbane more tolerable. The SAP Business One Mobile app gives you access to a complete ERP system, provided that the full version is installed on the company server back at base. After all, there are many midmarket companies for whom the scope of SAP Business One is perfectly adequate.
The solution SAP Business ByDesign 2.5, which has also been available as an app for iPhones since mid-2010 goes one step further. And a higher resolution version for the iPad tablet PC is in the pipeline, too. This business software doesn’t require its own server to be installed and is fully hosted by SAP. All users have to do is enter a URL in the browser to gain access to all the functions of their company system. The display on the iPhone is adjusted to the small screen and lower resolution, so the order of the menu options takes a little getting used to.
SAP StreamWork as an app
Since the end of December 2010, the collaboration software SAP StreamWork has been available as an iPhone app. SAP StreamWork enables several people to work together online on a project – known as an activity in SAP StreamWork – at the same time or at different times in different time zones. Like in a Web forum, data, facts, and opinions can be exchanged and all the information can be retained for later viewing. The tool has already been used at many exhibitions and events. A higher resolution version for iPads has yet to be released.
Other iPhone apps of this type are about to hit the market, namely SAP Sourcing OnDemand, SAP Expense Management, and SAP Sales OnDemand. In the past few weeks, a number of updates for iPhone apps appeared, mainly to ensure compatibility with the new firmware iOS 4.2.1 (2), to fix bugs, and in some cases to enhance functions. These updates can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes Store:
SAP Business ByDesign 18.104.22.168
The current version of the iPhone app for SAP Business ByDesign was mainly adapted to work with the new firmware iOS 4. Essentially, this affects the images and charts in demo mode, version 22.214.171.124 of which is now available. The iPad version is under construction and is slated to be released in the near future.
SAP StreamWork 1.0
SAP StreamWork used to be available as browser-based software only. But now, with the iPhone app, users can access common projects and collaborate with colleagues on the small screen. The functions are the same as for the browser version. But please note: The SAP StreamWork app was built to work with iOS 4. Older software versions are not supported.
SAP Business One 1.1.1
When we take a closer look at the apps developed for SAP software, it becomes clear that a wide range is available to cater to the upper midmarket. For example, SAP Business One works on both the iPhone and the iPad. And with the new version, display issues for reports in demo mode have been resolved. In principle, version 1.1.1 is compatible with iOS 4.
coresuite for SAP 1.3
The coresuite iPhone app from coresystems, headquartered in Windisch, Switzerland, has been on the market since the beginning of August 2010. According to coresystems, data synchronization is up to 10 times faster with the latest version 1.3, which is also equipped with a revamped worktime module. The weekly overview now displays activities and follow-up activities. In addition, the status and location can also be communicated without a message.