Taking a leaf from the hugely successful Apple's App store, SAP recently launched an Enterprise App Store (EAS), with a range of new enterprise apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Mobile, built on the company's Sybase Unwired mobile platform.
The Mobile EAS is an extraordinary adjustment in SAP's long-standing sales strategy. The enterprise backend giant allows developers to create and sell software that integrates with their platforms. The new approach means that SAP must learn to move away from its traditional philosophy of delivering enterprise applications using its proprietary Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP/4) language, where developers had access to the source code. In the world of mobile apps, SAP has had to put in efforts to enable developers to build on top of the solutions available in the market place. SAP's Mobile Enterprise Application Framework is in the pipeline and is expected to be available for developers in the coming years.
At first glance, the SAP Mobile EAS appears to take its cues from consumer app stores like iTunes or Google Play. Apps are available by Line of Business (Finance, HR, Procurement, Sales, Service, Supply Chain), industry (Public Sector, CPG, Retail, Healthcare, Education, Utilities, Manufacturing) and business analytics. Anyone can visit the store, browse, check out the top sellers, catch up with the new apps, read reviews, download a trial version that is right for the user's device, experience it and when satisfied download the paid version. Like consumer app stores, a recommendation engine that aids the discovery of more apps powers this one as well("You-might-also-be-interested-in-these-solutions" type of recommendations).
The SAP Mobile EAS even mimics "social" behavior. Users can recommend/share an app with their colleagues and friends using Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn. Further, SAP allows partners all over the world to create mobile apps for their products. Hence, the enterprise apps are available in a variety of flavors and on different mobile platforms and devices. Not surprisingly, SAP is actively encouraging a partner-built app eco-system that is churning out apps on every major platform (iOS, BlackBerry, Android and Windows) with multiple form factors to support various industries and Lines of Business (LOB).
Read more about SAP's Mobile EAS in the article, 'Mobile Enterprise App Stores: The SAP Game Changer.'
Have you used any of the apps from SAP in your organization? What was your experience like???