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It has been a while since I have seen such a passionate CEO. I read her Message of the Day every morning which helps me start my day with optimism and a great belief in the human spirit. I follow her blog series about the impact Design Thinking is bringing to the IT world and now I’m excited not only because her company’s new app is the first Fiori app that was certified by SAP but because it also won the 2014 SAP and Google Apps Challenge.

I’m talking about Sana Salam, the president and founder of Sodales Solutions. The company is a certified SAP partner focused on mobile and big data solutions. The company believes in bringing the human factor to the technology world, resulting in an easy user experience within the constraints of a business environment.

The winning app is their Labor Cockpit App, a mobile app following the SAP Fiori design guidelines. It allows the collaboration between companies, their external recruitment agencies, various regulatory bodies and of course the candidates around labor management processes. Using this app will result in higher efficiencies and transparency. Using its self-service, personalized Launchpad, hiring teams and project managers can save time and costs and quickly onboard, assign work, schedule and track staff productivity and share documentation such as policies and licenses.

When I was reviewing the app, I could really see how teams can take faster (and better) informed decisions backed by analytics that will surely improve profitability down the road.

Now that the Labor Cockpit app is certified, customers can get it via the SAP Store, which will feature partner apps that expand the SAP Fiori app portfolio for various industries, lines of business and roles.

The certification process ensures that all apps built are robust regardless of the creator (SAP or a partner). When submitting apps for the certification program, partners need to provide relevant documentation on the UI design (e.g. following SAP Fiori Design guidelines, app template, and product definition) and complete a Technical Product Profile (TPP). Then SAP staff technically test the apps on their installation and configuration, registered development namespaces and usage, SAP Gateway content configuration and more. Functional spot checks will be performed alongside a review of the documented comprehensive test scenario performed by the partner. 

Stay tuned for other blog posts about partners providing Fiori apps.