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Alternative Software to Sybase

Hi Everyone,

This is more of a query than a problem I have.

Sybase Unwired Platform together with SCC is what people use to create mobile apps that integrate with an SAP server.

I was wondering if there is other software out there that does the same thing and how you would use that software to manipulate data in SAP.



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    Jun 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    There was/is Syclo, but after SAP acquired them because of the apps the future of their server software is unkown. Maybe it will enter maintenance mode, which translate in the mobile world to: discontinued and abandoned.

    There is still SAP Mobile Infrastucture (MI) available that you can use to build your apps. MI also has monitoring and offline capabilities, but with SUP it makes little sense to develop mobile apps with MI.

    There is SAP Gateway, or other ways of exposing BAPI data as web service or JSON/REST. But you'll have to take care of the offline capabilities by yourself. Every smartphone comes with a sql database, the rest depends on your coding skills.

    And there are still online HTML5 apps that can be made offline when combined with a container like phonegap + local db.

    If you search the ecoHub you can find out how partners are offering mobile solutions, like this one:!solution:workforcescheduling

    Basically, when you know how you'll access the SAP data you can start developing mobile apps like every mobile app. The drawback: more work.

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    Sep 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM

    Hello Jared,

    There is an interesting solution currently available which leverages Web Dynpro for ABAP technology to mobilize SAP.  In essence, it transforms WD4A on to mobile applications on the fly.  That said, any WD (custom or delivered) will be operational on any mobile device.

    I wrote some blogs about it (albeit short) and it seemed to make little impact on the mobile community.  As I understand it, this is the route SAP should have taken with mobile.  The app is a free download off of the Android or Apple stores, it's called Kairos Enterprise and can be hooked up to your own server for free.  The company website is:

    If you do check them out, let me know what you think of the app.  I myself found it to be quite the alternative to anything out there now.


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    • Frank,

      when you use Gateway for REST and you expose it to the internet, the script kiddies can cause you some serious problems too.

      SUP as of now is more for SAP and Partners to sell / deliver apps. SUP serves a specific scenario, and mobilizing a transaction or some screens (WDA/WDJ) is possible with SUP, but an overkill. If you want to do that using another technology is in most cases the better alternative. For instance, you can use the NWCloud Portal, or the on-premise portal and use JCA/BAPI with jQuery/Jersey to create REST-enabled mobile apps. All you need is a more or less capable Java and Javascript developer.

      For "real" mobile apps that mobilize a whole process, you have to take other aspects into consideration and a platform like SUP offers the most: offline, modeling, monitoring, security,support, etc.