Enabling mobile access to SAP business systems with IBM MobileFirst: A consultant's view
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In my job as an IBM Mobile Solution Architect in Europe, I frequently get in touch with organizations that are interested in IBM MobileFirst strategy and that have a certain footprint of business processes supported by SAP systems. These clients want to leverage the strength of IBM Mobile solutions without disrupting their existing investments on the SAP domain.
Since the first day of my 17 year career with IBM, I always had some affinity with SAP solutions. To make a long story short, there is always one thing in common to the many jobs and roles I had: ensure that clients design and implement the optimal solution for their business needs integrating SAP implementations with IBM enterprise software.
Today I work in the IBM Mobile consulting practice in Europe and I love talking to customers that are designing their mobile strategy and introducing mobile capabilities into their business processes. Naturally, I gravitate towards projects that have SAP heritage in their landscape. It is like speaking a special IT dialect that translates IBM software value proposition for the SAP-minded clients.
To help clients and consultants to design heterogeneous solutions, IBM created the IBM Reference Architecture for SAP, a prescriptive blueprint for using IBM software in SAP solutions. The IBM® Redbooks® publication IBM Software for SAP Solutions explains the value of integrating IBM software with SAP solutions. It describes how to enhance and extend pre-built capabilities in SAP software with best-in-class IBM enterprise software, enabling clients to maximize ROI in their SAP investment and achieve a balanced enterprise architecture approach. I'm the author of the mobile chapter in this book.
With the rising popularity of mobile solutions we saw also a need to provide more technical details and implementation scenarios that are common in the IBM and SAP mobile solutions domain. For that reason we developed the IBM Redpaper publication Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation which I authored with the support of colleagues in my consulting practice and in the IBM development teams. Working on this paper afforded me the unique opportunity to develop reusable assets that can be used as a base when implementing mobile solutions and shared the knowledge I gained through the documentation of the usage scenarios.
The IBM Redpaper publication Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation covers the following scenarios:
In this paper, we made some assumptions for the implementation of the scenarios which might be different for a particular client scenario but I tried to cover many combinations in the paper's chapters so that you can understand the basic concepts and customize the examples to your particular needs.
If you have further questions around IBM and SAP integration topics, specially when it comes to mobile solutions, feel free to drop me an e-mail. I'm eager to get in touch with you and discuss your specific business challenges.
Khirallah Birkler is a Certified IT Specialist and IBM/SAP Mobile Solution Architect in the IBM Software division, IBM Germany. Khirallah helps clients to identify requirements, design, and architect mobile solutions based on the IBM MobileFirst portfolio. A special focus of his work is the integration of enterprise data into mobile scenarios, which is always a key requirement for enterprise customers. Khirallah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management from the University of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart. Khirallah is the author of the IBM Redpaper publication Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation. He can be reached at BIRKLER@de.ibm.com.
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