Director of Strategic
Solutions Market Development Group,
Most forward-looking businesses today do not need to be sold on the value of mobile computing. What is critically important to business executives is the inherent value that any given set of mobile solutions delivers, the cost of deployment, the longevity of the solution, and the speed at which they will realize a return on their investment.
Achieving Optimum Value
While a vast number of mobile computing technologies are available today, Intel and SAP believe optimum value is achieved through deploying mobile solutions that enable strategic extensions of the enterprise, extending mobile business processes across multiple systems, and standardizing on both applications and technology.
The Difference Between Mobile Computing and Mobile Solutions
Mobile computing may consist of disparate devices running proprietary software to solve very specific needs — perhaps PDAs or cell phones being used to provide a browser view to a backend system. A mobile solution, however, is more all-encompassing, enabling businesses to share data between multiple devices and multiple systems, and is optimized for network usage and performance. To achieve this end, mobilized software is an essential part of the solution.
|Intel and SAP are embracing mobile solutions with mobilized software due to user demands and impressive return on investments. Early results have revealed one major European airport is saving US$100,000 per year through a mobile solution that enables them to eliminate physical archives. Another company, a US-based professional services organization, is improving its operations by invoicing at the customer site — previously a 4-week process. This improves their cash flow and increases consultant and support staff productivity and overall job satisfaction.
Mobilized Software Plays a Critical Role
Mobilized software strategically uses standards and asynchronous messaging to provide four key features:
- Offline capabilities — workers remain productive when traveling beyond network reach or when the network is being serviced or is experiencing an outage
- Application network connectivity
- Multiple device support
- Increased power and performance
With mobilized software, data synchronizes to the devices and can be processed on the devices themselves; this reduces network utilization to just the manipulated data. Since the software separates data from UI, these applications can also share data between multiple devices; data can be synchronized between backend systems, laptops, handhelds, and cell phones. The amount of data exchanged and the manner in which it is displayed alters depending upon the device.
Intel's Role in the Mobile Value Equation
Intel understands the unique needs of mobile and wireless solutions: The balance of performance and low power combined with reduction in components and expansion in storage options to meet form factor and system requirements. Intel provides such innovation today through:
- Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) for cell phones and handheld devices
- Intel Centrino mobile technology for notebook and tablet PCs
In addition to mobile and wireless technologies, Intel facilitates mobile adoption through:
- The flexibility to deploy across a full range of powerful industry-leading platforms (handhelds, tablets, laptops, desktops, and servers)
- The largest ecosystem in the industry offering customer choice of OEMs and operating systems
- SAP Solutions for Mobile Business optimized to run on Intel architecture
- Leadership performance at a fraction of the cost, freeing up IT resources for innovation
- A rich technology roadmap with over
$4 billion in annual R&D spending
- Accelerating global mobile adoption via large investments in mobile infrastructure and standards
Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA)
Intel Personal Client Internet Architecture (Intel PCA) is a hardware and software platform framework for designing cell phones and handheld client devices. It separates computing and communications subsystems for easier development and faster time-to-market.
Intel Centrino Mobile Technology
Intel Centrino mobile technology is designed to help the enterprise fully realize the benefits of wireless mobility.1 It is the first architected CPU, chipset, and wireless LAN from Intel, designed from the ground up to deliver the benefits of mobility for the enterprise — enhanced employee productivity, lower total cost of ownership, and longer platform stability. Intel Centrino mobile technology offers the mobile worker value through its breakthrough mobile performance and extended battery life, in thinner and lighter designs.
1 Wireless connectivity and some features may require you to purchase additional software, services, or external hardware. Availability of public wireless LAN access points limited and some hotspots may not support Linux-based Intel Centrino mobile technology systems. System performance measured by MobileMark* 2002. System performance, battery life, wireless performance, and functionality will vary depending on your specific operating system, hardware, and software configurations. For more information see www.intel.com/products/centrino/more_info.
Optimized Mobile Solutions at Low TCO
For over 10 years, Intel and SAP engineering teams have worked to optimize SAP application performance and scalability on Intel processors. Today, Intel and SAP continue their engineering efforts for second-generation mobile solutions through seamless integration of Intel architecture-based devices with SAP Solutions for Mobile Business and SAP backend servers delivering best-in-class, scalable mobile solutions at a low total cost of ownership.
Creating and Articulating the Advantages of a Mobile Solution Strategy
SAP and Intel believe a well-planned and properly executed mobile business initiative builds stronger bonds with customers, makes organizations more efficient, and provides a technical foundation for the next generation of innovative products and services. Recently, SAP Systems Integration (SI) and Intel Solution Services developed a comprehensive mobility assessment program intended to help customers create and articulate their mobile strategy.
|Intel's engineering collaboration on the SAP NetWeaver technology offers customers a robust set of SAP Solutions for Mobile Business optimized on Intel architecture for a wide range of mobile devices. This collaboration provides customers with a competitive advantage by extending enterprise applications, increasing workforce productivity in connected and disconnected modes, lowering TCO, and maximizing ROI.
Through a rigorous and in-depth program, customers are able to identify and validate the mobile solutions best suited to their specific business needs, goals, and technical environment. The program focuses on business areas that promise the highest cost savings and
efficiency gains, ranging from warehouse management to service, sales, and distribution. SAP SI and Intel Solution Services help companies create and
articulate their mobile strategy through a three-step process:
- Business assessment — Identifies mobile usage models that offer productivity gains and cost savings
- Technical assessment — Analyzes mobile solution based on existing IT landscape, security standards, and emerging technologies
- Prototype and solution architecture validation — Provides working prototype, implementation plan, and cost
Intel is focused on accelerating the adoption of innovation in IT. Innovative mobile solutions can add real business value in any industry; resources for such innovation can be freed up by lowering TCO with Intel architecture-based solutions. Intel and SAP are ready to assist companies in mobilizing their operations faster to gain competitive advantage, and with minimal risk.
To learn more about the mobile
assessment program, visit www.sap.com/mk/get/mbnew.
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