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Are you looking to gain an in-depth understanding of the SAP HANA Platform?  Do you plan to build, integrate, and certify an application with SAP HANA?


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The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) will be offering partners and ISVs an introductory 4-day workshop (November 10-13, 2014) to facilitate a general understanding of SAP HANA.  After each training module, partners and ISVs will reinforce their skills via a series of hands-on exercises to demonstrate their knowledge of the various components for the SAP HANA Platform.  The SAP HANA Enablement Workshop will outline the underlying knowledge needed to allow for the development, integration, and certification of an application with SAP HANA.

 

By attending this enablement workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the end-to-end native application development for SAP HANA
  • Reinforce knowledge with skill-builder modules via hands-on exercises
  • Understand the certification roadmap and process for application certification
  • Leverage a 30% discount for application certification to enable Go-to-Market
  • Engage with product experts and certification team via Q&A sessions

 

Registrations Fees and Deadlines:

 

Due to the popularity of this enablement workshop, seating will be limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like to make a group booking, please submit separate registrations for each individual of your organization.

 

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION TYPESDATESFEESREGISTRATION
Early BirdBefore October 10, 2014$2,000.00 USDSign-up here!
RegularBefore November 10, 2014$3,000.00 USDSign-up here!
GROUP REGISTRATION - THIRD OR MORE GET A DISCOUNT
REGISTRATION TYPESDATESFEESREGISTRATION
Early BirdBefore October 10, 2014$1,500.00 USDSign-up here!
RegularBefore November 10, 2014$2,500.00 USDSign-up here!

 

Event Logistics and Agenda:

 

DATESMonday, November 10, 2014 to Thursday, November 13, 2014
TIME9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific)
LOCATION

SAP Labs

3410 Hillview Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94304

Building 2 - Baltic Room

 

The agenda for this enablement workshop will highlight some of the following topics:

  • Introduction to SAP HANA Development Platform
  • SAP HANA Application Development Tools: SAP HANA Studio and Eclipse
  • Introduction to SQL Basics and Debugging
  • Introduction to SAP HANA Native Development
  • Introduction to Data Modeling with SAP HANA
  • How to Certify your Application with SAP HANA

 

Take advantage of this opportunity to plan, build, and explore the various certification programs for SAP HANA and leverage a 30% discount when submitting an application for certification with the SAP HANA Platform!  For any questions or inquiries relating to this enablement workshop, please contact icc-info@sap.com.

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As part of the SAP Integration and Certification Center, I have the opportunity to collaborate with various SAP partners and third-party vendors who enrich and contribute to the ever growing SAP Partner Ecosystem by integrating their solutions with SAP platforms. This is especially true in the area of mobility with the recent launch of SMP 3.0, SAP's flagship enterprise mobility platform. This release promised exciting new features and a unified platform to simplify the development process. In an effort to shed some light on this, I have reached out to some very early adopters of this new platform so they can share their mobile app development experience on SMP 3.0.

 

In the second installment of this series, I will be having a Q&A session with Venkata Raju, the Mobility Architect for Innovapptive, one of the first SAP mobile partners to have successfully achieved a certified integration of their mobile app running on SMP 3.0, SAP’s flagship enterprise mobile platform.



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Please tell us about Innovapptive

 

Innovapptive is a SAP services partner, a provider of cloud based mobile application management platform, SAP-certified mobile apps, and a 2014 SAP Pinnacle Award finalist. Our company offers an array of SAP products and services that enable enterprise mobility for SAP Customers. Innovapptive’s products, the mPower App Suite, mPower App Store, and the mPower Mobile Platform, provide customers a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end solutions to instantly take their enterprise mobile. The team at Innovapptive brings a unique and unparalleled combination of SAP, mobile and industry experience to transform and empower customers. Innovapptive’s customers are some of the world’s leading Global 2000 companies.

 

Can you tell us about the various SAP technologies you use?

 

We are laser focused on achieving "Instant Mobilization" for enterprises, through our bundled SAP certified mobile solutions. Our bundled SAP certified mobile solutions include 50+ SAP certified mobile solutions, SAP Run-Time Licenses for the SAP Mobile Platform, a Private Enterprise Branded App Store, App Security Wrappers using Mocana and Implementation and Customization Solutions for Fiori, SAP UI5 and Syclo Mobile Apps. We also provide Mobile solutions on the Hana platform. Our high quality and cost effective SAP Mobile solutions have accelerated large Global 2000 customers’ time to market and value.

 

How would you describe your company’s enterprise mobility initiative?

 

Innovapptive founders envisioned how revolutionary technologies such as cloud and mobile had the potential of innovating and transforming their customers' business processes delivering significant value. They saw the tremendous potential of mobile introducing new business processes while redefining existing business processes, resulting in incredible growth in employee productivity and business efficiency, which was unthinkable just a few years ago. Although they saw the tremendous potential with this technology in the enterprise, they recognized that the Traditional IT strategies, of developing and supporting technology solutions in-house to satisfy the business needs, were no longer being well received by the business community. While most solution providers were focused on building a mobile application development platform for enterprises, our founders recognized the need to identify, design and build value-driven mobile business solutions that can run on these mobile platforms and instantly cater to actual business problems and meet business demand for "Instant Mobilization" and rapid ROI.

 

How did your company get started on SMP/SUP?

 

Given our decades of experience with SAP solutions, our SAP partnership and our vision for ‘Instant Mobilization’ in the enterprise, our company started building value driven compelling mobile solutions on SUP in alignment with SAP’s strategy and roadmap. We have been participating as a key SAP partner in ramp-up programs and platform testing.

 

What motivated you to jump onboard SMP 3.0?

 

SMP 3.0 has great features and tools to enable mobile apps and provide valuable mobile solutions for Enterprises. The key feature which motivated us to jump onboard SMP 3.0 is Offline OData capabilities and also the OData SDK improvements compared with older SUP versions.

 

Tell us about the Mobile Sales Execution app your team has developed for SMP 3.0. Who is it for and what are the benefits?

 

Mobile Sales Execution app from Innovapptive empowers enterprise field sales reps and managers with the necessary information and tools to increase efficiency of field sales execution. This native mobile application enhances productivity of the sales rep by providing critical insights into sales execution and increases revenue of customer and retail store visits. By providing anywhere, anytime access to relevant information and functions from mobile devices, enterprises can ensure that the field sales reps and managers are executing brand and product strategies, tactics and objectives in a consistent and reliable way. The sales reps and managers using this app will also have the ability to view customer fact sheets, sales history, orders, invoices and process new sales orders in a very easy and intuitive way.

 

Can you describe how you designed the app and your choice of technologies? For example, you went from an MBO-based approach to OData. How was the transition?

 

We used SMP 3.0 and SAP Gateway with OData services. The transition is very smooth from SMP OData SDK and the development of services involved some additional effort. We experienced an improved performance on our Mobile App.

 

Tell us about your migration experience going from SUP 2.1 to SMP 3.0. What were the biggest challenges?

 

Installation is performed on a separate instance and it is mostly straight forward similar to SUP. OData Native SDK Migration is a bit challenging as it has new API's with SMP3.0. The registration process is different. Synchronization process for supporting offline capabilities is a big value addition for OData based apps.

 

Which new feature(s) of SMP 3.0 do you like the most?

 

Offline capabilities of SMP3.0 and Integration Gateway

 

How would you compare your team’s experience developing mobile apps on this new version of SMP 3.0 versus the older one?

 

SMP 3.0 Native SDK is developer friendly to quickly enable integration with OData services compared with SMP 2.3 Native OData SDK. The build time with SMP 3.0 was reduced by around 20 % compared with SMP 2.3 Native OData SDK.

 

What tips can you provide others who plan on porting their app to SMP 3.0, if any?

 

Relay Server is not supported with SMP3.0.Instead, use Apache Reverse Proxy server for Relay Server capabilities. Delta Query is still not supported for JSON to implement offline capabilities. Make use of Integration Gateway to communicate with Non-SAP data sources or if you have multiple data sources for the same application.

 

How was your experience with the mobile app certification process?

 

Our experience with the Mobile App certification process was extremely satisfactory and smooth. The SAP ICC team was very knowledgeable, experienced and were very supportive during the entire process and helped us meet our deadlines.

 

Do you think that the certification process allowed you to align with SAP in a technical way?

 

Absolutely, the certification process allowed us to align with SAP in a technical way.

 

Do you think that certification process promotes better quality apps?

 

We believe that the certification process absolutely promotes better quality of mobile apps. It provides us and our customers the assurance of high quality and excellence of solutions.

 

To conclude, can you share some final thoughts about your experience?

 

Our experience overall has been excellent and we thank SAP for delivering a much superior SMP product and ICC team for all the support and guidance throughout the certification process.

 

Thank you !

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This concludes our Q&A session.Thank you Venkata for sharing your valuable insights and experience with the SAP Community!

 

Please find the list of useful links below. If you want to learn more about the mobile app certification, please contact the SAP Integration and Certification Center to understand the services we offer to facilitate integration with SAP.

 

 

Useful Links

 

About Innovapptive:

About the mobile app certification on SMP 3.0:

 

If you would like to see more blogs like this, please comment below or use the like button if the information presented here was of interest. Thank you!

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As part of the SAP Integration and Certification Center, I have the opportunity to collaborate with various SAP partners and third-party vendors who enrich and contribute to the ever growing SAP Partner Ecosystem by integrating their solutions with SAP platforms. This is especially true in the area of mobility with the recent launch of SMP 3.0, SAP's flagship enterprise mobility platform. This release promised exciting new features and a unified platform to simplify the development process. In an effort to shed some light on this, I have reached out to some very early adopters of this new platform so they can share their mobile app development experience on SMP 3.0.


In the first installment of this series, we will be having a short Q&A session with Scott Stefanich, Lead Mobile Solution Engineer at PMC America, and the first to have successfully completed certification of a Kapsel-based mobile app.

 

 

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Please tell us about PMC America

 

PMC America is an SAP special expertise and solution partner who provides consulting and innovative solutions which improve the business efficiency, profitability, and adaptability of automotive suppliers and component manufacturers.


Can you give us a quick overview on PMC America’s enterprise mobility initiative?

 

One of PMC’s strengths is an end-to-end scanning solution which modularizes, automates, and simplifies SAP business processes. From approaching solutions in these terms, mobility was a natural progression for PMC. One of our main goals continues to be providing intuitive, streamlined solutions which utilize the productivity, efficiency, and extensibility of SAP web and mobile technologies, while remaining strongly integrated with core SAP.


How did your company get started on SMP/SUP?

 

We quickly agreed the company’s direction included mobility and joined the Mobile Partner program for SUP. After preparing the mobile platform and SDK in our environment, we began by creating basic proof-of-concepts to validate a solution throughout the backend, mobile platform, and applications. Then, we identified valuable business processes to be modularized, simplified, and extended from SAP. Finally, we dove into the more glamourous activities of mobile app development.


What motivated you to jump onboard SMP 3.0?

 

As a professional, SMP 3.0 is a great fit for mobile-minded organizations: Mobile apps can be quickly designed, deployed, and managed using open standards and future-ready technologies.

As an enthusiast, the past few years of SAP products and direction have been historically exciting to say the least. REST APIs, OData, native apps, hybrid apps, and complete application lifecycle management? Yes, please.

I was further inspired to dig into SMP 3.0 and the related technologies from SCN content, openSAP courses, and SAP contests such as the SAP Game On contest. On SCN, John Wargo’s and Daniel Van Leeuwen’s content motivated me to dig into Kapsel, and DJ Adams inspired me to investigate a RESTful approach, SAPUI5, and my dim awareness the combination of two may be pretty powerful.


Tell us about the “Warehouse Accelerator” app your team has developed for SMP 3.0. Who is it for and what are the benefits?

 

The app is for warehouse activities such as putting materials away to a warehouse and picking materials from a warehouse. The app streamlines SAP Warehouse Management processes which organizations have described as powerful and valuable, yet complex.

The warehouse workforce users get a prioritized overview of what they have to do, an intuitive way of doing it, and additional information if necessary - essential benefits which can be applied in a variety of apps.


Can you describe how you designed the app and your choice of technologies? For example, your mobile app is the first Kapsel-based mobile app to be certified for SMP 3.0. How was your experience using Kapsel and was it an obvious choice?

 

I was pretty excited to use SAP Gateway for RESTful services with OData protocol, SAPUI5 for the UI, Cordova for hybrid applications, and Kapsel for essential application and mobile platform functions. Thinking in OData terms – i.e. data sets, queries, relationships, navigation, and operations – made designing the app much easier by abstracting more complex processes from traditional SAP.

I am a fan of the basic Master-Detail design pattern as it addresses the essentials: View and filter things to do, select something to do, then do it. Thinking in OData terms, these general steps reasonably correspond to data sets, their relationships and operations, and ultimately, ABAP. Ideally, I start by shooting for three user interactions and see where the app goes from there.

Kapsel plugins for Cordova applications were an obvious choice as they simplify and standardize critical functionality. Early in designing the app, I counted on incorporating the Logon, AppUpdate, and Logger plugins.


Tell us about your migration experience going from SUP 2.1 to SMP 3.0. What were the biggest challenges?

 

Our scenario lent itself to a painless migration. I previously used MBOs and HWCs for SUP 2.1, but was excited to dig into Gateway services and hybrid apps using SAPUI5. The SMP 3.0 Runtime’s and SDK’s installation and configuration were straight-forward. The SMP 3.0 Management Cockpit and platform as a whole were intuitive and efficient, especially after being familiar with the previous platform’s concepts.

Which new feature(s) of SMP 3.0 do you like the most?

Kapsel is hard to beat as far as making my life easier. There’s a variety of likeable new features, but I’m mostly a fan of the overall strategy: Efficiently create, deploy, and manage user-focused apps with modern open standards.


How would you compare your team’s experience developing mobile apps on this new version of SMP 3.0 versus the older one?

 

At first glance, our team may have preferred the earlier mobile platform’s development tool, but have since sipped the open standards kool-aid.


What tips can you provide others who plan on porting their app to SMP 3.0, if any?

 

Read SCN and the SMP 3.0 product documentation at the Sybase Infocenter, watch videos at SAP Mobile Academy and through the openSAP courses, and have fun


How was your experience with the mobile app certification process?

 

Our certification was extremely well-organized and valuable for confirming the entirety of the solution. Certification addressed everything from deploying packaged SAP components to test-driving the app, areas in which different organizations may have strengths or weaknesses.


Do you think that the certification process allowed you to align with SAP in a technical way?

Our certification consultant seamlessly worked in both technical and business process terms as necessary. I enjoyed discussing the technical architecture with someone who had worked with a variety of scenarios.


Do you think that certification process promotes better quality apps?

 

Methodically reviewing an app and landscape in their entirety keeps us honest.


What you would like to see in future versions of SMP?

 

That’s a good question. We’re keeping pretty busy with the current functionality and features.


In conclusion, can you share some final thoughts on your experience?

 

I believe SAP’s strategy, products, and commitment has been reminding a lot of us of why we got into technology in the first place: Productive applications of exciting technology.

 

Thank you !

 

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This concludes our Q&A session. I would like to thank Scott for sharing his valuable insights and experience with the SAP Community !

 

Please find the list of useful links below. If you want to learn more about the mobile app certification, please contact the SAP Integration and Certification Center to understand the services we offer to facilitate integration with SAP.

 


Useful Links

 

About PMC America:

About the mobile app certification on SMP 3.0:

 

 

If you would like to see more blogs like this, please comment below or use the like button if the information presented here was of interest. Thank you !

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June 2014

 

The SAP Integration and Certification Center is pleased to announce the availability of the Mobile App Certification for SMP 3.0, the latest release of SAP’s flagship enterprise mobility platform.

 

 

SMP 3.0 brings together the best of Sybase and Syclo (Sybase Unwired Platform, Sybase Mobiliser, Syclo Agentry and SAP's mobile technologies) into a single unified platform - embracing cutting-edge open standards such as HTML5, Cordova, OData and HTTP REST. New features include Kapsel for hybrid app development and Integration Gateway for standardization on OData.

 

 

SAP Partners and third-party vendors who want to offer next generation mobile apps built for SMP 3.0 can sign up today and take full advantage of the benefits of certification which include:

  • facilitation of the integration effort
  • enhancement of mobile app security
  • technical alignment with SAP
  • delivery of robust and tested enterprise-class mobile apps

Furthermore, certified mobile solutions are listed on the SAP Partner Directory and fulfill an important requirement for listing on the SAP Store for mobile apps.

 

 

If you are looking to create your first mobile solution for SMP or simply porting an existing solution to SAP’s mobile platform then get in touch with the SAP Integration and Certification Center to help you complete your integration journey with ease. Achieving certification of your mobile solution can be simple and straightforward when leveraging the right resources.


 

Links


Q&A session on mobile app development:


Guide for getting your mobile app certified with SAP

Getting Your Mobile App Certified - A guide for SAP Mobile Apps Partners

First of all, SAP Business One Bundle Certification is not an interface certification Per se, it is a package which will provide a cost effective way for your certification if you have your add-on running on different SAP Business One platforms.

 

As a SAP Business One Partner, if you subscribe to SAP Business One Bundle Certification, you can certify your add on with one or all of below certification flavors :

 

  • SAP Business One Add-on Solution Certification (upon SAP Business One 9.0 for SQL with 32-bit and 64-bit)
  • SAP Business One Add-on Solution Certification for SAP HANA 1.0
  • SAP Business One in Cloud Certification 1.0

 

With SAP Business One Bundle Certification

 

  • Partner can still sign up individual certification program with 3,500 Euros
  • Partner can subscribe Bundle Certification program with 5,000 Euros
  • Partner has 9 months validation period to accomplish all certifications in the bundle.

 

Before we can offer you SAP Business One Bundle Certification, SAP ICC needs to make sure only the add-ons coming from the same product family shall be qualified for this certification. ICC consultant will make an assessment based on the information provided by partners by using the Questionnaire document from our ICC consultant.

 

SAP Business One Bundle Certification program will be amended according to SAP Business One Product release road map.

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Are you looking to gain an in-depth understanding of the SAP HANA Platform?  Do you plan to build, integrate, and certify an application with SAP HANA?

 

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The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) will be offering partners and ISVs an SAP HANA Enablement Workshop.  This introductory 4-day workshop will take place on Monday, July 28, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014 at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California will facilitate a general understanding of SAP HANA.  After each training module, partners and ISVs will reinforce their skills via a series of hands-on exercises to demonstrate their knowledge of the various components for the SAP HANA Platform.  This enablement workshop will outline the underlying knowledge needed to allow for the development, integration, and certification of an application with SAP HANA.

 

By attending this enablement workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the end-to-end native application development for SAP HANA
  • Reinforce knowledge with skill-builder modules via hands-on exercises
  • Understand the certification roadmap and process for application certification
  • Leverage a 30% discount for application certification to enable Go-to-Market
  • Engage with product experts and certification team via Q&A sessions

 

Registrations Fees and Deadlines:

 

Due to the popularity of this enablement workshop, seating will be limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like to make a group booking, please submit separate registrations for each individual of your organization.

 

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION TYPESDATESFEESREGISTRATION
Early BirdBefore June 27, 2014$2,000.00 USDSign-up here!
RegularBefore July 28, 2014$3,000.00 USDSign-up here!
GROUP REGISTRATION - THIRD OR MORE GET A DISCOUNT
REGISTRATION TYPESDATESFEESREGISTRATION
Early BirdBefore June 27, 2014$1,500.00 USDSign-up here!
RegularBefore July 28, 2014$2,500.00 USDSign-up here!

 

Event Logistics and Agenda:


DATESMonday, July 28, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014
TIME9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific)
LOCATION

SAP Labs

3410 Hillview Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94304

Building 2 - Baltic Room

 

The agenda for this enablement workshop will highlight some of the following topics:

  • Introduction to SAP HANA Development Platform
  • SAP HANA Application Development Tools: SAP HANA Studio and Eclipse
  • Introduction to SQL Basics and Debugging
  • Introduction to SAP HANA Native Development
  • Introduction to Data Modeling with SAP HANA
  • Points of Integration with SAP HANA
  • SAP HANA Readiness Assessment
  • How to Certify your Application with SAP HANA
  • Q&A Session: SAP HANA Product Experts
  • Q&A Session: SAP Integration and Certification Center

 

Take advantage of this opportunity to plan, build, and explore the various certification programs for SAP HANA and leverage a 30% discount when submitting an application for certification with the SAP HANA Platform!  For any questions or inquiries relating to this enablement workshop, please contact icc-info@sap.com.

Dear Partners!

 

In order to facilitate seamless integration of third-party software and to ensure a high quality SAP ecosystem for increased customer satisfaction, SAP established an integration certification program back in 1996. The results of the certified integrations have been listed online in the SAP partner information center (PIC) 24/7 for public reference.

 

We now take the online listing to the next level, by joining the certification information with the SAP Application Development Partner Directory. The new tool has a simpler user interface, full-text search and better filtering capabilities. Just select the desired skills and experience areas on the left side of the screen to browse through our partner ecosystem.

 

For you the partner directory offers the opportunity to present your company as well as details of your certifications and solutions. You will learn more in the welcome email that you will receive shortly after the go live of the new version of the directory. Soon you will benefit from the additional traffic of potential customers and partners.

 

The current version of the Application Development Partner Directory is already available on SAP.COM, at the same location PIC is located http://www.sap.com/partners/overview/find.html. The new capabilities will become available next week.

 

This is a great opportunity to check if your certification is still up to date.


Keep your certification current – get it re-certified in time!

 

In case of further questions or comments, please contact us.

 

Sincerely,

SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC)
Homepage: SAP Integration and Certification Center

As part of the PartnerEdge program for Application Development, SAP is offering the application review in addition to the standard interface certification to help partners qualify their mobile app for listing on the SAP Store and ensure that customers receive high-quality, documented, and tested enterprise-class applications.


Since its release, there have been many questions from partners regarding the application review and its differences with the certification that many are already familiar with. The purpose of this blog is to provide a comparison of these two services so partners can have a better understanding of their options.

 

The comparison has been grouped into the following categories:

  • Integration scenario
  • Scope
  • Benefits


Please note that while both services are offered to partners enlisted in the PartnerEdge program for Application Development, the application review is exclusive to members of that program (contrary to the certification). Third-party vendors can sign up with ICC for the mobile app certification which is available to any ISV even those who are not members of the aforementioned program (more here).

 


Integration Scenario


The main difference between a review and a certification lies in the supported integration scenarios.  This is very important as the first order of business for partners when developing a mobile app on SMP is to decide which type of integration scenario they want to implement.

The diagram below (click to enlarge) provides an overview of the integration scenarios which are supported as part of a review or a certification. Please note that the certification covers a much broader scope and is required when developing custom ABAP code (add-on). If you are connecting SMP with a database, an external third-party system or using SAP delivered APIs such as BAPI or RFC as part of your integration scenario then the review will suffice.

 

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Scope


The certification is definitely a more elaborate, thorough and comprehensive approach when compared to the review. The difference between what is covered in each approach can be summarized in the subsequent table (click to enlarge).

 

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Benefits

 

Although the review can be seen as a lightweight certification, this is not exactly accurate as it does not offer the same benefits, nor level of service.  The table below illustrates this (click to enlarge).

 

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Conclusion

 

As you can see, the review is quite different from the certification and one cannot be easily substituted for the other as they are ultimately complementary offerings.

 

The review provides the simplest way to get partner applications released to the SAP Store while the certification offers a more thorough and comprehensive approach that provides value to the vendor and ensures that customers receive high-quality, documented, and tested enterprise-class applications. Certification comes with numerous benefits including the "SAP Certified" logo and certification documents (more here).


I hope you have found this comparison useful. I invite you to post your comments or questions below.


For questions related to certification or review, please contact us at cc@sap.com. If you have questions about the SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development, please contact the partner center.

 

Thank you !

 

 

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Every year, a lot of solutions based on the RFC communication protocol are certified by the SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC). Companies that have an S-User can download the needed connectors to implement such an RFC integration from SAP Service Marketplace: http://service.sap.com/connectors. The most popular connectors are SAP Java Connector, SAP Connector for Microsoft .NET and SAP NetWeaver RFC Library.

 

Using these connectors, RFC clients can connect with a dedicated SAP Application Server to call BAPIs and RFC modules, or to send an IDOC message. However, if this contacted Application Server is down for some reason, the RFC call would fail, even if several other Application Servers would be up and running.

 

RFC Clients can easily make use of the Load Balancing mechanism of SAP NetWeaver; it’s only a matter of configuration. You just have to fill different connection parameters. Therefore, SAP ICC highly recommends supporting the following two methods to connect an RFC client with an SAP System:

 

  1. Connect to an SAP System through Group Logon via an SAP Message Server:
    This should be the preferred method, if the SAP landscape runs an SAP Message Server. With that, load balancing takes place, and calls are routed automatically to a running Application Server.

    The following RFC connection parameters must be filled: MSHOST, MSSERV, SYSID, GROUP
  2. Connect to an SAP System using a specific Application Server:
    If SAP Message Server is not available, then you have to connect to a specific Application Server.
    The following RFC connection parameters must be filled: ASHOST, SYSNR

 

So please make sure, that your RFC connection configuration screen / dialog supports all the parameters of the 2 connection methods mentioned above. Your customer would then tell you the appropriate connection method and parameters.

More details can be found in the documentation of the respective SAP connector:

 

  • SAP Java Connector:
    Open the included javadoc-documentation of the interface “DestinationDataProvider”.
    Check details of “Load balancing connection to a group of SAP application servers via a message server” and “Direct connection to an SAP application
    server instance”.
    Here, the parameter SYSID is called R3NAME.
  • SAP Connector for Microsoft .NET:
    Open the documentation “NCo_30_ProgrammingGuide.pdf” on page 46.
    Check details of “Group Logon” and “Application Service Logon”.
  • SAP NetWeaver RFC Library:
    Open the documentation “NW_RFC_SDK_Guide.pdf” on page 16 and 20.
    Check details of “SAP System using Load Balancing” and “SAP System using a specific application server”.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact your SAP ICC Integration Consultant at icc@sap.com.

 

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The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) will be offering a webinar: Winning in the Five Markets: SAP Integration Certification Opportunities for ISVs and Partners during the month of February 2013.  This informative virtual session will provide a general overview of new certification programs available to partners and ISVs, which align with SAP’s five markets: Applications, Analytics, Mobile, Database & Technology and Cloud.

 

Align and form part of SAP’s strategic growth in these markets, which directly support integration opportunities with SAP Mobile Platform, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, SAP BusinessObjects and other new game-changing initiatives.

 

If you are interested in learning more, please join Alejandro Barajas, Program Recruitment Lead - Americas from SAP ICC by registering for the session below:

 

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February 1, 20138:00 AM (Pacific)SpanishSAP Partners: Go here.Non-SAP Partners: Go here.

 

If you are ready to certify your solution with SAP ICC, please contact us at icc@sap.com to have an in-depth discussion and scope out your certification project with SAP.  For future certification webinars, please reference the SAP Integration and Certification Webinar Series.

This session will cover an overview of certification options for Mobile applications created by SAP Partners on Sybase Unwired Platform and SAP NetWeaver Gateway. A thorough understanding of the underlying technical framework is required to enable mobile platform adoption, outline the mobile strategy and finally, develop the mobile applications.

 

December 5th APJ : 14:00 PM SGT (11:30 AM IST) Register here; Mark your Calendar

 

Presenter  :-  Vikas Marwaha, SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC).

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I look forward for your registration and participation in the sessions.

 

Registration Note
Please be aware that if you are registering from the Service Market Place you must update your profile so that it has your current email address in order to receive the Login mails for this session. You will receive the login mail about 2 days before the session.

Disclaimer: The information presented here may be subject to change. Please contact a SAP ICC representative to discuss about the integration certification.

 

 

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Last Update: April 2014

 

Following the launch of the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Center, an increasing number of software vendors are engaging with SAP’s Integration and Certification Center (ICC) to get their mobile apps certified. 

 

The purpose of this blog is to provide some guidelines on how partners can get through this process with ease while avoiding along the way some of the most commonly encountered challenges.  It should serve first and foremost as a complement to the existing set of resources, namely the following SCN pages where you can find information on the certifications related to mobile app development at SAP:

 

 

 

 

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Who is this for?

 

The information presented here is explicitly catered towards the SAP Partners & ISVs who have signed up for the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Program with the intention of distributing their packaged app on the SAP Store.  I will not discuss about the program itself but you can learn more about this exciting program and register directly on the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Center or contact your SAP Partner manager for more information.


For those who want to benefit from the certification but do not wish to participate in the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Program, you can sign up for certification with SAP ICC directly simply by contacting us on our SMP Mobile App Certification page.


Finally, if you are new and unfamiliar with SAP ICC's services altogether, I invite you to get acquainted with us. More information is available regarding our role and the benefits of certification.

 

 

 

How to start certification?


Certification of your mobile app starts once the certification request that you have submitted on the partner center is processed and assigned to an ICC consultant who will contact you to kick-off the process.

 

In order to ensure a timely start, make sure to submit your certification request as early as possible since the processing of your request is not instantaneous given the volume of partners.
          

The collaborative effort between partners and ICC consultants really begins here.

 

The role of ICC is to certify solutions that integrate with SAP from a business process and a technical point of view by facilitating seamless integration, ensuring quality and promoting tested enterprise-class apps, all of which is well-suited for the SAP Store - a curated environment focused on providing quality content. 


 

 

What are the prerequisites?

 

Before you request the certification of your mobile app, please consider the following prerequisites in order to ensure a swift and smooth process:

  • Agreement has been signed with SAP ICC or the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Center and all appropriate licenses have been provided

  • Your mobile app has been built using the SAP Mobile Platform and comprises at least one of the following component:
  • SMP 2.3 or SUP 2.2 (we do not support any other version for now)
  • SAP NetWeaver Gateway
  • Development and testing of your mobile app has been completed

  • Your mobile app is ready for general release and a set of relevant documentation has been made available (i.e. installation and configuration guide)
  • You have consulted the information on the certification:

    • The scope and requirements are clear

    • The integration scenario that best suits your mobile solution has been identified and the associated certification criteria are clear (more below)

    • The device(s) that you wish to certify your mobile app on is available with the ICC consultant

    • You have set up the system landscape for testing of your mobile solution:

      • Mobile device used for testing is provided by ICC

      • Unwired server is usually provided by the partner

      • SAP system (or 3rd party system) is provided by the partner

    

Custom ABAP development:

  • All custom ABAP development that you have implemented for your mobile solution must be done using a partner-registered development namespace

  • All custom Add-on must be packaged using the Add-on Assembly Kit (AAK). Contact your partner manager or ICC to obtain the AAK tool.

 

 

 

Choosing the right integration certification scenario

 

Certification is a mandatory requirement for listing on the SAP Store for Mobile Apps.

Partners can fulfill this obligation by completing any single one of the following integration certification scenarios offered by SAP ICC that relates to the SAP Mobile Platform:

 

Here is a comparison of these 2 integration scenarios (click to enlarge):

 

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The Integration Certification

 

Once all the prerequisites have been met, contact your designated ICC consultant to initiate certification of your mobile app. When certification is completed, handover will be made to the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Center for listing on the SAP Store.

 

Here is an overview of this process (click to enlarge):

 

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As every mobile app is unique and distinct in itself, the integration testing and validation is also specific to each mobile solution.  Therefore, it is essential to discuss your mobile solution with an ICC consultant as early on as possible to allow the consultant to assess your solution correctly and define an adequate test plan that is specifically catered to your mobile solution, however complex it is. 

 

Here are some aspects of the certification to consider:

  • Appropriate use of standard SAP-endorsed technologies or APIs
  • End-to-end validation of mobile solution from device to backend with a focus on functionality and more importantly, the technical integration.
  • Packaging and deployment of software components included in the mobile solution.

 

Again, please consult the specific integration scenarios listed above to get a full understanding of the certification criteria.

If we consider the certification in abstraction from its specific criteria, this process is relatively straightforward. It is worth highlighting that in most cases, its duration, complexity and success are determined by the partner’s level of readiness. The next section will provide you with an overview on how to achieve this.

 

 

 

Best Practices

 

For a smooth and successful certification, please consider the following guidelines:

  • Make sure you have met all the prerequisites listed above before requesting the certification of your mobile solution.
  • Ensure that your mobile solution is ready as the purpose of the certification is not to conduct unit testing for your solution
  • Allocate the necessary resources to support the certification effort (i.e. fixing issues, configuring systems, setting device/user registration, providing documentation, etc…)
  • Prepare adequately by contacting ICC to discuss about your mobile solution with an integration consultant as earliest as possible. This will ensure that the scope and requirements of the certification are clear. Typically, it is recommended to do so once the agreement has been signed with the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Center but if required, you may contact ICC as early as during the development cycle.
  • Plan accordingly. If you have any time constraints (or deadlines) due to a marketing campaign for example, it is important to communicate this information to the ICC consultant to make sure that the appropriate priority is assigned to your project. Furthermore, there is an important activity that most partners neglect to factor into their schedule:
    • The time is takes to receive the AAK and use it to package the custom add-on (applicable only if there is custom ABAP development in the SAP backend system). Please note that the AAK is not available for download as a software package.
  • As a general rule of thumb, please follow SAP’s programming guidelines and best practices based on your choice of architecture. More specifically, it is important for the partner to understand:
    • Registration of a development namespace
    • Usage of Add-on Assembly Kit for packaging the custom Add-on*

* This resource can be provided by ICC if needed.

 

 

 

Common Mistakes

 

Please avoid the following common missteps which may slow down the certification process quite considerably and yield unnecessary delay and effort:

  • Beginning the certification too early with an unfinished mobile solution.
  • Missing documents. Integration certification is meant for released products not demo apps
  • Testing was not conducted thoroughly on the various devices chosen for certification
  • Not allocating enough resources to support the certification effort
  • Omitting to consider shipping & handling time for the delivery of the AAK tool if you have custom development in the SAP backend (anticipate 1-3 weeks depending on your location). Also, please advise ICC consultant of any change of address.
  • Developing custom ABAP code using the customer namespace or temporary ($tmp) namespace instead of a partner-registered development namespace.
  • Single component was used for packaging several ABAP Add-ons. For every ABAP Add-on, a separate component is required.
  • Lack of appropriate test system for custom Add-on verification. It is recommended to have at least a 2-system landscape approach when developing custom ABAP add-ons: one development system and one consolidation system. More information is provided hereICC may be able to provide a sandbox system for testing & verifying add-on if available.
  • Licenses are provided by the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Center. Please make sure you have appropriate and complete licensing before initiating the certification.

     

 

 

 

SAP Store considerations:

 

Once the certification is completed, you will be all set to publish and sell your mobile solution on the SAP Store. In preparation for this next step, please consider the following requirement from the SAP Store prior to certification:

  • In order to showcase the functionality of your app to potential customers who will download it from the SAP Store, it is a requirement that you provide a demo mode within your app. A demo mode is essentially a way of enabling end-users to explore the functionality of your app without the need of having a backend connection or the complete infrastructure in place (using dummy data if needed).

 

Update: It is no longer a requirement that mobile apps built on Apple’s iOS platform be approved by Apple and made available for download on Apple’s App Store prior to the certification. Although it is recommended to have your iOS app approved by Apple, SAP ICC will conduct the integration certification activity independently from now on.

 

 

 

Feedback

 

The success of our partners is paramount at SAP ICC so I hope that this blog has shed some light on the certification process and given you a clear idea on how to navigate through the process as effortlessly as possible within the context of the SAP Mobile Apps Partner Program.

 

Please provide your comments regarding this blog in the comments below.

 

Thank you !

 

 

The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) will be offering a webinar: Partner and ISV Update: New Certification Programs for Game-Changer Initiatives during the month of October 2012.  This informative virtual session will provide a general overview of new certification programs available to partners and ISVs, which align with SAP’s five markets: Applications, Analytics, Mobile, Database & Technology and Cloud.

 

Align and form part of SAP’s strategic growth in these markets, which directly support integration opportunities with SAP Mobile Platform, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, SAP BusinessObjects and other new game-changing initiatives.

 

If you are interested in learning more, please join Alejandro Barajas, Program Recruitment Lead - Americas from SAP ICC in one of the following webinar sessions:

 

DateTimeLanguageRegistration
October 2, 20128:00 AM (Pacific)EnglishSAP Partners: Go here.Non-SAP Partners: Go here.
October 3, 20128:00 AM (Pacific)SpanishSAP Partners: Go here.Non-SAP Partners: Go here.
October 9, 201210:00 AM (Pacific)PortugueseSAP Partners: Go here.Non-SAP Partners: Go here.

 

If you are ready to certify your solution with SAP ICC, please contact us at icc@sap.com to have an in-depth discussion and scope out your certification project with SAP.  For future certification webinars, please reference the SAP Integration and Certification Webinar Series.

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