There’s already no shortage of file synchronization options for mobile computing devices. But as mobile computing becomes an increasingly important part of almost every business process, managing file synchronization has become a more strategic function within the enterprise.
SAP today announced it’s entering the file synchronization space with a new SAP Mobile Documents offering. According to Bryan Whitmarsh, senior director for mobile solutions management at SAP, file synchronization is a natural extension of the mobile computing platform that SAP gained when it acquired Sybase in 2010.
Key features of SAP Mobile Documents include a software development kit (SDK) for easily embedding file distribution capabilities into SAP and non-SAP applications, support for individual file synchronization, shared corporate accounts, and integration with content management systems such as Microsoft Sharepoint and the SAP Netweaver Portal component via the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard.
Whitmarsh says SAP Mobile Documents is meant to fill a “last-mile” mobile computing gap that exists in most enterprise content management systems (ECMS). While many organizations currently rely on either consumer-grade services such as Dropbox.com or have crafted their own file synchronization service to fill that gap, Whitmarsh says SAP Mobile Documents is designed to provide a secure approach to file synchronization supported by SAP that can run on premise or in the cloud.
As mobile computing becomes more prevalent across the enterprise, it’s pretty clear that these devices will soon begin transforming how entire business processes are constructed and managed. File synchronization services are critical enabling technology that will allow that transformation to occur.