Integration Gateway in SAP Mobile Platform 3.0Posted: July 6, 2014
Main features of SMP 3.0 :
– SUP, Agentry and Mobiliser combined. This itself is a pretty big as each of the platforms had an integration framework and it had to be harmonised . It’s simplified to just use SMP with services exposed in oData format.
– Through SMP 3.0, services from ABAP backend ( using SAP Gateway ) and non SAP backends can be easily consumed. This is pretty powerful as data could be spread out over multiple kinds of data sources. It allows for data consumption from JPA, JDBC , SOAP etc.
– Eclipse GWPA has been enhanced for new features – to consume services from different backend types.
– A big drawback I see is that it doesn’t seem to talk about MBO based replication. My first iOS mobility project involved creating an iOS ( iPAD app ) using SUP which was based on MBOs and it’s sad to see them go. Support for offline capabilities is planned from later releases of SMP 3.0.
– A big positive is the ability to schedule different data based on speed ( or other requirements ) – the ability to assign priorities in scheduling is a big one – our users were extremely frustrated that they can’t control the information they wanted and had to wait for sync of everything from past before relevant data for today could be synced.
Comparisons between SAP Gateway and SAP Integration Gateway:
– ABAP based vs Lean Java server ( Java, OSGI ).
– Supports SAP vs Supports both SAP and non-SAP data sources.
– Available as a standalone solution vs embedded inside SMP 3.0 .
– On premse vs On premise / Cloud.