Mobilizing SAP Quickly, Affordably

Contributor: Mike McEnaney
Posted: 05/17/2016
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Kinvey has announced Mobile Data Connect for SAP to help enterprise customers and Systems Integrator (SI) partners quickly build highly performant and secure digital applications against existing SAP systems.

“We see a significant, unfulfilled demand for engaging apps that leverage new mobile capabilities to improve productivity and efficiency of a mobile workforce,” said CJ Barton, vice president of sales at Kinvey. “The success of these mobile application projects is hampered by huge costs, difficulty creating mobile-friendly interfaces with SAP, poor data delivery performance, lack of offline operation support, and an absence of SAP knowledge among mobile developers.”

Kinvey uniquely addresses these challenges with an out-of-the-box solution that:

  • Abstracts the complexities of interfacing with SAP from the mobile app developer with SDKs that are available across 13 mobile app development platforms for native, hybrid, and mobile web app delivery
  • Provides pre-built modules for advanced client-side caching, syncing, and encryptionalgorithms to meet the needs of demanding offline field workforce mobile use cases
  • Equips SAP application owners with a fast, simple, and secure way to make SAP data available to mobile applications
  • Accelerates data delivery for sub-second, mobile-friendly speeds. Secure cloud caching enables sub-second screen performance of the app even when the SAP system response is in the 10s of seconds

One of Kinvey’s customers using Mobile Data Connect for SAP, Bell and Howell, is a leading provider of customer communications solutions. With service personnel deployed throughout North America and in Western Europe, field technician productivity is critical to revenue, costs and customer satisfaction. Bell and Howell leveraged Kinvey’s mobile Backend as a Service to access large SAP ERP data sets to deliver the high-performing app its mobile workforce required.

“If you’ve worked with SAP systems as long as I have, you know that it’s no simple thing to extend an ERP system with mobility,” said Anubhav Gupta, director of SAP applications at Bell and Howell. “With Kinvey, we’ve been able to extend our SAP landscape for new use cases, and the performance has been unbelievable. I went from 14-second SAP data access down to 400-millisecond mobile-friendly data access.”

Kinvey’s Mobile Data Connect for SAP has not only provided significant value for customers like Bell and Howell who have launched important mobile solutions with SAP, but has also created an acceleration vehicle for Kinvey ecosystem partners to deliver on-time, high-margin, low-risk mobile projects with SAP.

“Our customers and SI partners trying to build mobile apps are frustrated with the options provided by SAP, which boil down to spending millions of dollars to buy new SAP products or take on a multi-year engagement to migrate to Hana. This is a serious problem that we have solved at less than one-tenth of the cost of SAP’s solutions,” added Sravish Sridhar, CEO of Kinvey. “Our Mobile Data Connect for SAP is available now and mobilizes any current SAP system, for any device. SAP admins have been amazed by how easy it is to integrate, configure and mobilize SAP, and mobile app project owners have been delighted by how happy their end users are with the performance and quality of their apps."