Mobile first, cloud first

"Mobile first, cloud first." - This is Microsoft’s new strategy, which Sataya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, just announced a week or so ago.

 

In my last blog post I talked about BYOD and how Sitrion One can help you on this approach. Looking at Microsoft’s new strategy compared with the Sitrion mobile approach in combination with a BYOD strategy, I believe Sitrion One is one of the best solutions in the market when it comes to the challenge “mobilize your business.”

Sataya Nadella mentioned during his speech that someone recently asked him if he had issues with ordinal numbers  because there can be only one “first” and not two. Looking at our Sitrion One approach it seems that there can be two “firsts.”

 

Sitrion One is cloud-based and focuses on mobile devices. But how does this help you mobilize your business? You may not have a variety of developers to mobilize all of your (custom) processes for a wide range of devices which are brought into your company by following a BYOD strategy.

 

Let me share some details about myself with you. Based on my very own nature, I’m a .Net, mainly C#, developer. And here the first hurdle starts. By introducing BYOD you’ll now probably have iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices in your company since these are the three major operating systems for mobile devices. I have no clue how to build an iOS app and I don’t know about Android development. But I could probably build you a Windows Phone app based on my .Net skills.

 

The Sitrion One platform not only provides you the infrastructure, like described in Markus’s blog post, “All the important work stuff you care about in ONE app,” it also provides you with a Visual Studio extension. This gives your Microsoft developers the capability to build a mobile app – we call this a micro-app – based on your existing Microsoft .Net skills.

 

Given this and the whole infrastructure around it, you can now build micro-apps within your developer’s comfort zone – your Visual Studio environment – and deploy it to the Sitrion One cloud environment to your specific company tenant. Once this is done you only need to assign the micro-apps in the cloud-based portal to your users, and they will have the different micro-apps right away on their device in the Sitrion One “container” app.

 

The “real” app - the Sitrion One “container” app – can be download from the Apple App Store, the Microsoft Marketplace for Windows Phone, or from the Google Play Store.

 

So, you really only need to build it once to use it with different mobile devices which not only works on phone devices, but it also works on tablets. Of course since tablets have more space on the screen you can build a separate screen layout for a tablet if you’d like to get more information on the screen.

 

Based on this amazing platform I would be willing to bet that we can create your first micro-app, for instance, providing SAP integration for your users on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone in less than one hour. Take the challenge, contact us today!

 

PS – If you missed my Q&A with SAPinsider last week on tips for mobilizing your workforce and SAP processes, check out the archive.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Björn Nee, Technology Evangelist

Björn works in our Oldenburg, Germany office, joined the company in 2007 and has held various positions from Director of Solutions, to Senior Architect, to Services Lead. Previously, Björn worked for industrial and consulting companies including BASF IT Services and Schenker where his key goal was to make work better by developing great IT and software solutions. His passion is to inspire people to be more efficient, productive, and happy at work using Sitrion's solutions. 

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