Back in June 2012, stan.stadelman and I in product management brainstormed a “light weight” approach to configuring mobile apps in the cloud. In October 2012, we were invited on stage by sanjay.poonen at the SAPinsider Enterprise Mobility conference to show the mobile platform in the cloud in his keynote (skip to min 44:01 to see the demo - login required) and to portray SAP's "Apple of the Enterprise" vision. At SAPPHIRE in Madrid, we ran a User Experience lab to optimize the administrator user interface of the new mobile platform in the cloud and finally today on March 28, 2013 we released the mobile platform in the cloud to our customers - getting one step closer to making the mobile vision reality.
What is SMP cloud?
The mobile platform in the the cloud makes it simple to create, configure, and distribute mobile applications and to manage them end-to-end without having to install and maintain a platform server on premise. Mobile as a Service hosted in the SAP HANA Cloud (former NetWeaver Cloud aka Neo).
The HTTP REST interfaces for core services exposed by the mobile platform in the cloud are identical to the REST APIs in SAP Mobile Platform on-premise (aka SUP 2.2 and later releases) so apps using the REST API can run on cloud and on-premise deployments. The following graphic provides an overview of the SMP cloud features and benefits:
Let¹s take a look at some of these items in more detail - starting with the new Admin UI that takes on role of the Sybase Control Center:
Also, we vastly improved the application usage reporting - telling you users, connected devices and server requests over time, by type of device, by app etc:
Also, we offer advanced debugging and tracing features to enable swift root cause analysis in case a mobile app runs into errors:
What standard SAP apps run on SMP cloud?
In short, the SMP cloud is focused on HTTP REST based online productivity apps.
Every HTTP REST based app that runs against SUP 2.2 (and higher) will also run against SMP cloud (and vice versa). In addition SAP will release standard productivity apps that can be deployed using the cloud therefore giving you the benefit of the SAP Mobile Platform, without the need to install one yourself on premise. Here is the full list:
The new SMP SDKs are leveraging the HTTP REST services. This SDK can be used for the SMP cloud as well as for SUP 2.2. You can develop against the REST services today without the SDK (for example our Win8 apps listed above are developed directly against the REST APIs).
It should be pretty clear by now, but just in case you are wondering, how the SMP cloud aligns with the mobile platform on premise. SMP cloud is an alternative deployment method of the mobile platform: the HTTP REST interfaces for core services exposed by the mobile platform in the cloud are identical to the REST APIs in SAP Mobile Platform on-premise (aka SUP 2.2 and later releases) so apps using the REST API can run on cloud and on-premise deployments.
Let's look at the 2 options side by side - in a scenario where we are running against and SAP backend with NW Gateway on top:
Keep in mind thought that - as of now - SMP cloud delivers only a subset of the functionality (namely the REST APIs) that we have on premise:
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