In this blog post, I would like to give you an overview of SAP Mobile Start, our latest native mobile app for Apple iOS and Android, with a dedicated focus on finance users. This blog post will show you how this app might help you to access your financial data and business processes easily with a mobile device and steer your company from anywhere.
What is SAP Mobile Start?
SAP Mobile Start is the new native entry point to the Intelligent Enterprise on mobile devices. It provides users with an enhanced mobile access to SAP applications, web content, data, and news feeds to quickly address their daily work – anywhere and anytime.
Users can benefit from persona-tailored content, which will be easy to consume and optimized for mobile situations. SAP Mobile Start can be set up and configured to user needs by IT administrators. It allows users to stay up to date on mobile devices and act immediately on critical business situations. The app offers integration with business applications, enabling higher productivity, and is a key asset to help ensure business continuity directly from mobile devices.
Furthermore, SAP Mobile Start offers a deep integration with native mobile device capabilities such as widgets, notifications or spotlight search.
Why is mobile relevant for finance?
Obviously, many users in finance functions are heavy desktop users. Conducting complex financial accounting transactions, analyzing in-depth financial data and working with extensive tables are no use cases that make sense on a mobile device.
However, we still believe that mobile plays a crucial and increasingly important role in the daily life of finance users. The shift in everyone´s working habits after the pandemic and the move to flexible working models like work from home are significantly changing the way we will work. Mobile devices are an integral part in this.
Finance users rely on the ability to quickly react on business-critical events in order to ensure the financial health of the company. Also, it is important for them to stay informed about all relevant business data, whether they are in the office, in a meeting or sitting in in the train on the way to a customer meeting. Being able to make decisions quickly and well-informed is another important aspect of using modern mobile applications as part of your daily work life.
What does SAP Mobile Start have to offer for Finance users?
SAP Mobile Start allows users to access both web and native mobile apps seamlessly from one place. This means that the users can decide for themselves, which apps they need while being away from their desks, travelling or working from home.
We have worked with several end-users and experts to define some example content for different mobile personas in the finance area. Using this example content makes it easy to start the SAP Mobile Start journey. Please note that the content is exemplary only and can of course be adapted and expanded to your specific needs and requirements (e.g. integration of custom apps, third-party apps).
Selected mobile finance personas
For more details on some of the finance personas, I would like to refer you to the following blog posts on the personas Finance Manager, Treasury Manager and Auditor:
What are example use cases for mobile finance users that are available in SAP Mobile Start?
SAP Mobile Start serves as the native entry point to your business applications. This means that you can easily access all your web and native applications as well as web-links or newsfeeds centrally from one place. This ensures that you will have all information required easily available.
Below are some examples of web applications* for finance users that are easily accessible through SAP Mobile Start and help the user to stay informed and manage the business processes from any place.
General Ledger Overview
Display Financial Statement
Accounts Payables Overview
Accounts Receivables Overview
Days Sales Outstanding
Treasury Executive Dashboard
Market Data Overview
Foreign Exchange Overview
Manage Payment Blocks
Manage Payment Plans
My Ongoing Audits
*Please note that this is only a selection of available web applications.
Finance applications in SAP Mobile Start
An additional, very important aspect is the handling of workflows and approval processes. Thanks to the integration of SAP Task Center into SAP Mobile Start, all your approvals and workflows from SAP solutions (e.g. SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Fieldglass) are available on your mobile device where you can quickly access them.
For a detailed explanation of the integration of SAP Task Center into SAP Mobile Start, please have a look at the blog post of my colleague Ivan:
Below is a selection of standard workflows* in SAP S/4HANA that are available in SAP Task Center. Please note, that more workflows from other source systems such as SAP SuccessFactors and also custom workflows are available in SAP Task Center.
GL Journal Entry
Verify Currency Adjustments
Reconciliation Close Process
Review Purchase Order Accrual
Workflow for Installment Plan
Workflow for Write-Off Run
Workflow for Rejected Payments
Workflow for Bank Account Requests
Workflow for Posting Documents
Workflow for Document Changes
Workflow for Document Reversal
*Please note that this is only a selection of available workflows.
To dos in SAP Mobile Start
What are the most important native features of SAP Mobile Start?
SAP Mobile Start leverages several native features of the mobile operating system, allowing you to use the app exactly as you use any other of your apps.
SAP Mobile Start leverages the SAP BTP notification service (part of SAP Launchpad service) that can federate notifications from various solutions, so that they can be presented to you in one uniform list. This way, you will never miss an important business update.
You can easily add widgets to your home screen to always keep an overview of your most important facts and figures – just as you do it with your weather forecast. This allows you to monitor your business without even opening the application itself.
SAP Mobile Start Widgets
Native Device Search
SAP Mobile Start enables you to quickly search and open your native and web-based SAP apps directly through the native device search, such as the Apple Spotlight Search. It indexes your web-optimized apps and then leverages to device search capabilities.
How to get started?
To get a first impression of the app, feel free to download SAP Mobile Start free of charge from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and test out the features using the integrated offline demo.
For a detailed instruction on how to get started with SAP Mobile Start, please check the blog post by my colleague Shabeer:
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