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SAP Mobile Partnerships - Status


Its been nearly 2 years since SAP announced partnerships with Phonegap, Sencha & Appcelerator ->

Initially for each framework an OData connector was released to better integrate with SAP NetWeaver Gateway, but since then I haven't seen any announcements about the Sencha & Appcelerator partnerships (PhoneGap/Cordova has recently got the set of Kaspel plugins).

Can anyone outline what the roadmap / future developments are for these Mobile Development Frameworks and the SAP Mobile Platform?

i.e. Are there any plans for tighter integration into SMP for Appcelerator & Sencha similar to the functionality provided by the Kaspel plugins for PhoneGap?




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    Feb 12, 2014 at 02:51 PM

    I think the main idea is to provide access to SAP data through OData, so a webapp (Sencha, UI5, ...)-native-developer doesn't need anything to know about SAP. That is how they want to enable millions of developers to build mobile apps! I think it is a great direction with OData as an open standard, and even SAPUI5 has gone open source now.

    I also proposed this to one of our customers - if you have the SAP NetWeaver Gateway - you could expose all of your important SAP data in an open format and fetch it with whatever technology you want! Data.js for example is an open OData library for JavaScript.

    The SMP 3.0 then also exposes OData and then you will be able to access for example SOAP services or JDBC data exposed as OData through integration gateway. I think this is an absolutely awesome direction from SAP!

    Microsoft also exposes OData (since they invented it) - so it will be great to see some mashups and so.

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  • Feb 12, 2014 at 05:52 AM

    In my opinion I don't think that SAP is not going to bother much on Appcelerator and Sencha anymore since SAP has come up with UI5 framework and it can with used with Cordova libraries. SAPUI5 has a good responsive UI with complete SAP support, so it can definitely reduce the need of other frameworks.

    SAP Fiori Client, Appbuilder support with cordova and SMP, future offline/native features to UI5, replacement of existing mobile app with Fiori apps are examples to show that SAP is giving more importance to UI5.

    - Midhun VP

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    • True, but one the motivations behind the partnerships was to tap into the large developer ecosystems and encourage them to build mobile apps that integrate with SMP & Gateway. The OData connector was the first step in simplifying that process and making it a more attractive proposition for those developers.

      "By collaborating with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha, SAP will enable millions of developers to effectively build mobile apps based on their choice of client architectures"

      Hopefully that collaboration is still ticking along in the background.