When I got up this morning and checked Twitter the first thing I saw is that we have announced plans to acquire Syclo, a leading provider of enterprise mobile applications and technologies.This is yet another exciting step into making enterprises more agile by adding mobile solutions.
We now have an impressive inventory of mobility options that customers and developers can pick from:
- SAP Netweaver Gateway as the universal REST enabler for your enterprise application
- SAP Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) as a full-blown mobility infrastructure with development environments, device management, device abstraction and security
- SAPUI5 as SAP's upcoming HTML5 UI development toolkit
- Support for third party tools like PhoneGap, Appcelerator and Sencha Touch
Of course there's even more out there, like upcoming RESTification of just about every ERP service, mobile applications on HANA, or DJ's Alternative Dispatcher Layer (ADL) for ABAP. That, plus the countless mobility activities I either forgot to mention or simply don't know about.
In the halls of Walldorf, Palo Alto and Bangalore, the buzz is mobile. If you're a developer working on mobile Apps you need to make a choice now: is it still worth trying to build the next Angry Birds to succeed in the consumer space (or Instagram, if you like ), or is it the time to play with the big boys and help Enterprises get a grip at mobilizing their workforce?
Of course, deciding on the right option is still not easy, and developers may find it hard to get into developing for SAP. There are a few initiatives underway to make that easier, though (apart from the overview pages I linked to above): There's a downloadable Netweaver Gateway trial version (some SAP knowledge required ) plus a Netweaver Gateway Demo System with a few pre-configured scenarios. Also, the SAPUI5 Trial can be downloaded for free.
That should be enough to start fooling around, don't you think? I would also be interested to see what you can build with something like tiggzi.
So, what do you think? Is that enough to get you started? Or have you started already and are ready to show off your progress (like this great series of blogs here)? Let's see what we can do, shall we? Show us your stuff, join the discussions on SCN!