msc mobile Named a Finalist for 2014 SAP® Pinnacle Award

msc mobile Named a Finalist for 2014 SAP® Pinnacle Award in Application Development Partner of the Year Category

 

sap_pinnacle2014_fin_rgb_lgAugsburg— April, 2014 — msc mobile today announced it is a 2014 SAP® Pinnacle award finalist in the Application Development Partner of the Year category.  SAP Pinnacle awards are presented annually to leading SAP partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP (NYSE: SAP) and driving customer success.  Finalists and winners in 21 categories were based on field recommendations, customer feedback and performance indicators in the following five umbrella categories: Run Together (for co-innovation), Run Further (for market expansion), Run Clever (for service delivery), Run Sustainably (for sustainability) and new for 2014 Customers’ Choice.

“We are so proud to be a finalist of the 2014 SAP Pinnacle Award, as it affirms the great work we do for our customers every day,” said Thomas Weber, Product Manager Sales Plus for SAP ERP at msc mobile. “We are completely dedicated to improve the business processes by providing easy to use solutions for the desktop and the mobile world.”

The award recognizes the ability of msc mobile to build innovative solutions based on SAP technologies that address critical customer needs and support SAP technology adoption. msc mobile was recognized as the winner of the SAP Mobile Game On App Contest in January 2014 and is present in the SAP Store with their solution Sales Plus for SAP ERP.

“Being a finalist of the SAP Pinnacle Award is additional motivation for us to continue to create new innovative solutions that help to transform business and help them to run better” said Alexander Ilg, Managing Director of msc mobile.

The SAP Pinnacle awards allow SAP to shine a spotlight on its leading partners that have excelled in their partnership with SAP and in growing mutual business by helping customers run better.

 

About msc mobile

With everything we do, we want to make the work life of people easier. We believe that people should be able to focus on their work, instead of spending their time on administrative tasks, paper or software.

The way we make the life of people easier is by providing easy to use solutions for the mobile world and the desktop. We implement standard SAP Mobile solutions and develop custom applications.

Founded in 2006, winner of the “2014 SAP Mobile Game On App Contest” and finalist of the 2014 SAP Pinnacle Award, msc mobile is an SAP platform partner with a proven track record in enterprise mobility.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Europe:

Stavros Giogiakas

Stavros.giogiakas@msc-mobile.com

+49 151 46 31 43 01

 

http://www.msc-mobile.com

North America:

Carl Boivin

Carl.Boivin@msc-mobile.com

+1 514.295.9655

 

http://www.msc-mobile.com/press/SAPPinnacleAwards2014_FinalistPR-mscmobile.pdf

Bringing SAP Travel Management to the iPad

In an unparalleled project, we enabled 30 000 users to run SAP Travel Management on their iPad’s. The customer is the worlds 5th largest pharmaceutical company and they replaced their sales reps laptops with iPads.

Functionality

The challenge with this project was that we did not need to mobilize parts of SAP Travel Management, but the whole process. This includes:

  • My Trips And Expenses
  • Create Travel Request
  • Create Expense Report
  • My Employees
  • My Approvals
  • Manage Substitution for Approval Process
  • Delegate to Assistant

The application had to be written with the customisation options of Travel Management in mind, as the app was rolled out world wide. Each country has their own legal requirements, each country has their own travel policies and each country has their own receipt types.

So we had to make the application fully aware of the SAP configuration and customizing. All options that you can configure in SPRO are available in the mobile application. Because of that we were able to rollout the app to all countries without changing the code. In fact, we could install the app against any SAP system in which Travel Management is customised and it would run out-of-the-box.

The app supports everything that is possible in the Enterprise Portal and a lot more. For example we allow the user to access his Exchange calendar from within the app to select participants of a meeting. These participants will be copied into the participant-list of specific expense types, which is saving the user a lot of time. Instead of manually entering them, they can add them with just two touches.

Usability

The most important part of the project was the design of the user interface. And design is more than colours and font type. A good design also makes sure that the user can reach his goals as easy as possible.

The following shows the user interface of the app, running on iOS7:

Architecture

For this pure online application, we decided to write a BSP application on the ABAP stack that communicates with the iPad via JSON. In the backend, the BSP application interacts with the same SAP function modules than the standard SAP Portal solution. On the device we went with a native application because this guaranties us the best possible usability. Each request to the server returns us two things:

  • MetaData/Customizing – what should be displayed? Which fields are read only, which ones are editable? Localised labels and texts, etc..
  • Data – the business data that is displayed on the screen.

We soon found out that the performance of this approach is better than the one of the Web DynPro applications in the enterprise portal. We save a lot of overhead, as we do not need to send all the HTML code and JavaScript to the client.

The project was a big success and the rollout went smooth and without a lot of issues. The application got a fantastic user feedback, which is the biggest compliment that we can get!

SAP Travel Management on the iPad

We are looking for SAP Mobile Experts in Canada

We are currently looking for talented and ambitious SAP Mobile Architects/Consultants to join its team in Montreal.

Do you know SAP UI5, Gateway, SMP, Syclo, Mobilink, ABAP, Objective C, Java or do you want to learn it? Then msc mobile is the right place for you!

For more info you can click on the following link: http://www.msc-mobile.com/sap_mobile_career_mobile_architect.jsp

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msc mobile – the SAP Mobile Experts

 

Improved usability for SAP SRM with UI5 and Gateway

For the last few years, usability has been one of our core battle, especially around SAP products. Although we’ve witnessed a recent awareness and good initiatives on this matter from SAP, there’s still a lot to be done to make people’s work easier and better.

We recently faced such challenge regarding the SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) brand new user interface. SAP acknowledged that the standard SRM solution that was in place for years was way too complex for most users. User who’d like to, let say, order office supplies or a new smartphone once a year. By leveraging their latest UI technology (SAP UI5) and Gateway, they created a solution that is a lot easier to apprehend and fits modern Web standards.

Yet, customers always want more. And in our case, the customer is a world wide operating pharmaceutical company with headquarter in Basel, Switzerland. Although they appreciated the effort made by SAP, most of the screens and flows had to be changed/enhanced. New functionalities were also required such as:

  • Editing of the purchase order
  • Partial and full confirmation of the purchase order
  • Partial and full return of the purchase order

This involved enhancing deeply the standard application to the point where new views had to be created along with new Gateway services, and even new customer specific SAP UI5 controls. The stylesheet had to be completely revisited and adjusted to match customer’s branding.

Here is a screenshot of the enhanced and re-branded Shopping cart home page.

 MSC_SRM

Next step is the development of the approvals for both the requesters and approvers using the same concepts.

SAP UI and Gatway Development

Impressions of SAP at CeBit 2014

I went to CeBit in Hannover yesterday to meet with the specialised sales mobility at the SAP booth. As always, the booth has been huge and impressive. The main topics SAP pushed this year have been Hana and cloud – not a big surprise if you know in which direction SAP is heading.

They also showed mobility, the internet of things, Ariba  and other stuff. Here are some impressions from the SAP booth at CeBit:

SAP Mobile Solutions

Teaser – Sales Plus for SAP ERP – Smartphone version

We are currently porting our Sales Plus for SAP ERP app from tablets to smartphones. First we target the iPhone, but we will come up with the support for Windows Phone 8 and Android soon as well.

The teaser image here shows the customer details dialog.

sales-plus-smartphone-customer-details

Sales Plus supports sales reps with their daily work. It contains customer information, contact persons, order history, reports, products and enables the sales rep to create sales orders at customer site without network connection. Sales Plus is a offline application built on top of the SAP Mobile Platform.