Friday, October 31, 2014

Expose SAP data via Office 365 API to iOS and Android?

At Microsoft TechEd Europe, an important announcement is the new Office 365 APIs for iOS and Android (native) Apps. Through the Office 365 APIs, iOS and Android developers will be enabled to directly consume and utilize Office 365 entities in native mobile Apps. Initial this encompasses Office 365 mails, calendar, contacts and files/documents. Later on the roadmap also tasks, Yammer (social) and Office Graph will be made available via the Office 365 APIs.
In my previous posting I reported on the latest version of SAP Gateway for Microsoft ('GWM Azure'), that enables access to SAP data into the Office 365 context. With the announcement of the new Office 365 APIs, this gives an interesting lookout. Will it also be possible to disclose SAP data by the combination of GWM + Office 365 APIs, for usage in native iOS and Android Apps? If so, some strong use cases for new type of composite business Apps will be made possible; in which Office 365 (personal) productivity data is combined with the business data in SAP. Direct available on the nowadays preferred business channel, being tablets and smartphones. Will be interesting to closely watch the actions of SAP and Microsoft on this…

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