SAP unveils mobile enterprise apps with consumer feel
Enterprise software giant SAP has unveiled consumer-style apps for the mobile enterprise under the Fiori name.
Fiori is a collection of apps that offer a consumer type of user experience for SAP enterprise software for tablets and smartphones, as well as PCs.
SAP Fiori, which supports HTML 5, can be deployed in a number of ways: as a collection of apps with a single launchpad or in multiple web apps. SAP Fiori can also be configured to give access to a sub-set of apps based on user roles.
The first release of SAP Fiori includes apps for the following four user roles: manager, employee, sales representative and purchasing agent. Some of the example apps are: approve leave requests, approve travel expenses, timesheet, paystubs, create sales orders, customer invoices and track purchase orders.
"SAP and Google are working together to make it easy for application developers to create real-time products on HANA and easily put them on Google Chrome or Android. For example, you could build an application that builds a personalised app for the user based on the point-of-sale data that's in HANA, so when the user clicks on an advert on the web, by the time they get to the merchant's website it'll already offer a personalised experience. This will be amazingly powerful," said Google's Vice President of Enterprise Amit Singh, according to the report.
SAP said it developed Fiori with over 250 customers, including Colgate-Palmolive.
"We have deployed SAP Fiori at Colgate and the feedback from our first group of business users has been very positive. They are excited about the ease of use and simplicity of the app. We worked very closely with SAP on the vision and mission of SAP Fiori and we think the first release looks great. We believe SAP Fiori will help to provide a consumer-grade user experiences to our employees," said Tom Greene, chief information and business services officer at Colgate.