19 September 2012

SAP Opens New Mobility Design Center in Palo Alto, California

Palo Alto, Calif. – 19 September 2012 - SAP AG today announced the opening of the new SAP Mobility Design Center to help customers meet the growing need for individualized mobile solutions. Headquartered on the company’s campus in Palo Alto, Calif., the center is focused on enabling companies to keep up with the consumerization of IT trend by conceptualizing, designing and building mobile solutions to better connect with employees and consumers. 

To achieve consumer-grade experiences, customers collaborate with a team of user experience (UX) designers, architects and developers. The team employs design thinking principles and validates mobile solutions with end users continually throughout the build process. The SAP Mobility Design Center is a one-stop shop for designing, developing and validating customer-specific mobile enterprise solutions that are intuitive for users and leverage features such as touch, camera, GPS and other device functionality across a variety of device platforms. 

Mobile application development has become a top concern for enterprises and their CIOs. According to the 2012 Gartner CIO Survey, 61 percent of respondents plan to enhance their mobile capability during the next three years, with 48 percent believing they will become leaders by fully adopting innovative mobile solutions.1 

Mobile apps have become a priority for businesses today. Yet many companies struggle to build solutions fast enough and cannot find the right kind of talent,” said Sanjay Poonen, president, Mobile Division, SAP. “One of the sweet spots of the new SAP Mobility Design Center is developing beautiful mission-critical mobile solutions that can transform how companies do business. The center offers customers an innovative and collaborative alternative to rapidly mobilize their business with design thinking resulting in delightful consumer-like solutions, which is what users expect.” 

At the SAP Mobility Design Center, the focus is on the end-user during the development process. Starting with the user experience, user input is quickly translated into first mock-ups of the envisioned solution, which are used for end-user validation. Based on feedback collected from the end users, the mobile solution is built with a connection to the back-end application and deployed into the target landscape for productive use. The highly iterative and collaborative process helps make certain that end users adopt and enjoy the experience of working with the solution. 

The SAP Mobility Design Center is dedicated to ensuring the same level of quality, scalability and security that companies expect of all SAP solutions. The mobile solutions developed by the center often cover customers’ mission-critical business processes. To help ensure safe deployment, these solutions are built according to development guidelines based on the SAP mobile platform. The center takes care that solutions work reliably in productive environments and also offers maintenance services to customers. 

The SAP Mobility Design Center is the latest workspace development in a multi-year campus transformation initiative underway at SAP in Palo Alto. SAP has undertaken a significant investment in the Palo Alto campus and other locations worldwide to foster innovation and create an environment focused on delivering customer-centric solutions. Other recent transformations on the Palo Alto campus include a new cloud computing development center and the “AppHaus,” where teams focus on building new applications on top of the SAP HANA® platform. SAP aims to provide a next-generation work environment that inspires creativity, fosters innovation and accelerates the pace of innovation for its customers. 

Source: SAP