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Mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider Kinvey has announced the launch of Mobile Data Connect, a product aimed at helping build quick enterprise applications from existing SAP systems.
The solution has various key benefits for SAP users; it utilises SDKs available across 13 mobile app development platforms enabling easier app delivery; it provides pre-built modules for advanced client-side caching, syncing, and encryption algorithms, as well as zippy data delivery for sub-second access and secure cloud caching.
This means that even if the ancient SAP system takes an age to respond, the app won’t. Communications software and hardware provider Bell and Howell is using Mobile Data Connect, and Anubhav Gupta, director of SAP applications, claims data access from SAP systems went down from 14 seconds to 400 milliseconds.
Sravish Sridhar, CEO of Kinvey, explains how for many organisations, legacy SAP is a necessary evil in the mobile age. “Our customers and SI (systems integrator) 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,” he explained. “This is a serious problem that we have solved as less than one tenth of the cost of SAP’s solutions.
“SAP admins have been amazed by how easy it is to integrate, configure and mobilise SAP, and mobile app project owners have been delighted by how happy their end users are with the performance and quality of their apps,” Sridhar added.
It has been a busy week for SAP on the cloud front, with the company’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference including the continuation of a partnership with Microsoft enabling SAP HANA to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been busy this week giving a rundown on how many of its customers are running SAP apps on the AWS cloud (hint: it’s a lot).
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