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Offline/disconnected SAP functionality – ideas?

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on April 20, 2007


A client has SAP ERP deployed at a single location with users accessing the SAP system from multiple sites – a fairly common situation but in this case they have significant communication problems between the various sites and the SAP system. As a result, they experience frequent outages which are obviously not acceptable. They are looking to resolve this problem and I am looking for ideas/comments on possible approaches.

What they need is offline or disconnected SAP  functionality at each user location that can automatically synchronize with the main SAP system whenever connectivity is available. Building such a functionality from scratch for this client is obviously not a cost-effective solution. So, I am looking for off-the-shelf products that might help solve the problem – a couple of possibilities that I ran into that seem worthy of further investigation are –

  • SAP Solutions for Mobile Business – need to look at this more to understand how seamless you can make the online/offline modes from a user perspective.
  • SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe – this option looks less appealing as the online/offline modes are dramatically different from a user perspective

I still have not googled adequately for other possible alternatives and will be doing so as well. However, I was wondering if there are any suggestions from SAP professionals on what may be good options for me to look at.

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One Response to “Offline/disconnected SAP functionality – ideas?”

  1. Bill Heye said

    Vivek – if you will excuse the shameless self-promotion, you can contact us at BackWeb. We have a general purpose offline web technology and we can discuss whether or not it applies to your client’s situation. We have some experience with SAP applications and portals.

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