Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 24 February 2015

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ISBN-10: 0738454087
ISBN-13: 9780738454085
IBM Form #: REDP-5136-00
(110 pages)

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Authors: Khirallah Birkler


SAP solutions provide a rich set of composable application modules, and configurable functional capabilities that are expected from a comprehensive enterprise business application software suite.

Enabling mobile access to SAP business functions and data for enterprise clients, employees, and business partners is a typical requirement for SAP projects.

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the benefits of the IBM MobileFirst™ Platform Foundation security framework, which is an essential building block of the IBM MobileFirst platform. This paper also discusses key capabilities in IBM MobileFirst Platform to authenticate with SAP business systems from mobile applications.

The scenarios in this paper demonstrate these features:

  • How to develop a custom login module with IBM MobileFirst to authenticate mobile user access to an SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
  • How to implement single sign-on (SSO) authentication in a mobile application to access SAP business systems using a pre-built adapter for IBM Cast Iron included with IBM MobileFirst and the ready-to-use adapter for SAP NetWeaver Gateway, also included with IBM MobileFirst.
  • How to take advantage of the offline capabilities included in IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation V6.3 to store business data locally, act on this data, and synchronize the data with the originating SAP ERP system.

This paper is for mobile application developers and technical consultants who design and build systems of engagement to interact with SAP solutions in the heterogeneous enterprise.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Mobile authentication with SAP Business Suite
Chapter 2. Mobile application single sign-on for SAP business systems
Chapter 3. Offline SAP business data storage and synchronizationin mobile scenarios
Appendix A. Samples included with this paper
Appendix B. Additional material

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