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MOBILE INTEGRATION

Our customer, an international beverage manufacturer, recognized early on the potential of collaboration and customer contact via smartphones and tablets. However, various situations from recent years have given rise to numerous insular solutions that are no longer suitable for the inter-relationships between different end devices, applications and backend systems. Together with the customer, we tackled this subject and the associated challenges.

Ho­lis­tic ap­proach

The cust­o­m­er re­cei­ves the best so­lu­ti­on tailo­red to its nee­ds

The fo­cal point of the co­ope­ra­ti­on was the con­so­li­da­ti­on of exis­ting ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons as well as the draf­ting of cle­ar, fu­ture-pro­of con­cepts for the de­ve­lop­ment and ma­nage­ment of apps. To iden­ti­fy spe­ci­fic are­as in need of ac­tion, we ana­ly­zed the cur­rent si­tua­ti­on first of all and de­fi­ned the cust­o­m­er’s spe­ci­fic re­qui­re­ments using tar­ge­ted ques­ti­ons.

It’s only pos­si­ble to move for­ward, when ever­yo­ne acts in con­cert!

Du­ring a work­shop, all of the pro­blems were dis­cus­sed by the par­ti­ci­pants. The ob­jec­tive was to de­ve­lop a mo­bi­le stra­te­gy, which could be an­cho­red long-term wi­t­hin the cor­po­ra­te phi­lo­so­phy. Par­ti­ci­pants: re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves from the spe­cia­list are­as, users, pro­duct ma­na­gers (incl. SAP) and also mo­bi­le ex­perts from EXXETA AG. In clo­se co­ope­ra­ti­on with the cust­o­m­er, the EXXETA spe­cia­lists de­ve­l­o­ped a so­lu­ti­on that was ge­a­red towards the spe­ci­fic nee­ds and de­man­ds of the cust­o­m­er: the Mo­bi­le In­te­gra­ti­on Lay­er.

The three pil­lars of the Mo­bi­le In­te­gra­ti­on Lay­er

I. General information and technical documentation

An in­tra­net por­tal ser­ves as the cen­tral hub for all par­ti­ci­pants. In ad­di­ti­on to ge­ne­ral in­for­ma­ti­on and check­lists for the va­rious spe­cia­list are­as, gra­phic de­si­gners can also find user in­ter­face gui­de­li­nes and de­ve­l­o­pers can find tech­ni­cal do­cu­men­ta­ti­on.

II. Tool support & infrastructure

A spe­cial in­fra­struc­tu­re sup­ports the de­ve­lop­ment of mo­bi­le ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons with con­ti­nuous tests, which helps to en­su­re com­p­li­an­ce with de­fi­ned stan­dards whi­le main­tai­ning a high le­vel of qua­li­ty.

III. Mobile framework: client and server components

Chal­len­ges that are en­coun­te­red time and again are re­sol­ved once and for all with well-do­cu­men­ted and tested com­po­n­ents, which are then avail­able for all mo­bi­le ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons:

  • Security with LDAP connection
  • Synchronization of business data
  • Offline mode
  • Device logging and monitoring
  • Integration of SAP, other backend systems and databases

Chal­len­ges

  • Development of a mobile strategy that is anchored within the company and which links new technologies with technical requirements
  • Transparent and reliable operation of enterprise mobile apps
  • High level of security and quality for the mobile apps through the introduction of standards and guidelines
  • Holistic design of a basic infrastructure, which ensures the smooth interaction of end devices, mobile applications and backend systems
  • Evaluation and consulting during the ’make-or-buy’ decision

Tech­no­lo­gies used

  • Cross Platform in HTML5 and Advanced JavaScript
  • Native for iOS in Objective-C with Cocoa Touch
  • Java EE 6
  • SAP connection via jCo and SAP NetWeaver Gateway
  • REST-based synchronization protocol

Benefits

Complete integration of the solution into the existing infrastructure while maintaining existing security mechanisms

Intelligent handling of large data quantities and critical data from different sources

High development speed (Time-to-Market) and quality assurance thanks to the continually tested components framework

Compliance with process and security guidelines and UI standards throughout the company thanks to a central intranet platform with all required information and documentation for employees and external partners

The framework remains extendable and future proof through the use of open, standard technologies

As the solution was developed by EXXETA , it is provider-independent with no license costs

EXXETA's cont­ri­bu­ti­on

  • Strong affinity to technology and expertise in the field of new and open technologies
  • Interlinking of research, education and practical application promotes future-oriented solutions (teaching assignments of EXXETA AG at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology / internal research projects)
  • Interdisciplinary EXXETA team of mobile experts
  • Reference projects for successful integration solutions in complex company environments
  • Professional and agile approach with absolute focus on the customer
  • Overall project responsibility from architecture to implementation

Testimonial


“To ensure no chances were missed, mobile apps were churned out continually. This meant development or design standards were often completely ignored. The expensive and complex situation that our application management had ended up in has been resolved for good with the Mobile Integration Layer solution.”

Specialist responsible at the customer


 

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Peer Becker, Director bei EXXETA AG

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