With a bid to expedite the native and hybrid app development process and reduce the cost, particularly targeted at enterprise mobility apps, SAP presents two noticeable mobile application development platforms (MADP), namely, SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP Mobile Platform. Actually, they are software development kits equipped with all essential resources that a mobile app developer needs to build cross platform apps. Let’s see how MADP contributes in saving time and money with different aspects of app creation.
MADP doesn’t control the design aspects. The layout and user experience are critical to the success of any app and they are often based on the business requirements and the specifications of the targeted mobile operating system. So the design experts collect feedback from the business and accordingly craft the UI-UX being independent of the app developers. However, based on the number of platforms, the app targets at, and the number of screens required for each, the designing efforts vary.
SAP mobile platform focuses on standardization of the technical architecture by facilitating an array of templates. Furthermore, the presence of standardized mobile app development tools for server architecturing, cluster architecturing, DMZ proxy and relay architecturing, and others, make the job easier and faster, thereby, enabling the businesses to save time and cost both. It, approximately, saves 25% of the cost and 50% of the time. Interestingly, the benefits get multiplied because hybrid apps are often targeted at multiple platforms.
LOGIN AND SECURITY IMPLEMENTATION
Building an authentication user interface is marked by challenges like retry management, password reset, and so on. Thankfully, SAP offerings streamline the process across native, hybrid app development and metadata-driven app architectures. It saves almost 50% of the time.
DATA MODELING IMPLEMENTATION
The OData services framework available with SAP Mobile Platform or HANA Cloud Platform eases metadata modeling and empowers application developer to enhance each data request without relying on the services development team.
MOBILE GATEWAY SERVICES
RESTful Web services play a key role in connecting the app and hence, the user with the backend systems. Understanding their importance, SAP presents an standardized extension of REST, i.e. OASIS-endorsed OData protocol. Leveraging the in-built tools of SAP Mobile Platform, app developers can create OData services from Java JDBC or JPA data sources, or SOAP Web services. Thus, they can escape a gamut of backend integration challenges.
LOGGING AND OPERATIONAL TRACKING
Both SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP Mobile Platform provide mobile app analytics and reporting capability. So developers are no more dependent upon third-party mobile analytics tools. Moreover, it ensures better compatibility amidst the user, app server and the tool and, thereby, facilitates better business intelligence. According to mobile architects, SAP reduces the cost of development and maintenance by almost 90%.
DATA PROVISIONING, OFFLINE, AND SYNC
Imparting Offline capability has become one of the key differentiating factors. However, making it happen, demands a considerable amount of effort in terms of data modeling and data integration distribution services. SAP offerings emerge here as a great saviour. They have an efficient mechanism to support offline mode.
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