live blogging this session. (well sort of)
James Governor introducing Matthias Zeller from Adobe. James talking about co-innovation and the excellent SAP-Adobe relationship, and the power of the community, moving beyond press-release partnerships. James mentions T-Mobile’s use of flex with SAP HR.
Matthias spends some of his time evangelising Adobe tools within SAP, and also in the broader community. (he is also a twitter king)
Adobe is about engaging experience…
Business applications are ugly, because it is serious stuff (roll laughter) , but this world is changing because of the casual user. Adobe is everywhere.
Adobe integrated Runtime. (AIR) (used to be called Apollo)
Why do you need the browser? The browser is a document paradigm. This reminds me of what Allan Cooper said about the browser. (alt-tab over to google and voila)
Air runs on windows, mac and linux.
Some demos. Ebay Desktop Client. Salesbuilder. Very interesting visualisation options, well beyond what a traditional browser can do. ooooooooooooh. Sweet. Drag the graph and it updates the pipeline. No data entry. Looks remarkably easy to use. Next demo, google analytics frontend using Air. Looks awesome, mashups…..
SAP Briefing book demo. hooks into SAP procurement app (spend analytics) , developed with flex, for the demo, now embedded in AIR. Drag back and forth with excel. Very very sweet charting features.
You can develop AIR either with Flex or HTML AJAX…Matthais demoed the development environment in Flexbuilder.
Business model. Air is free. but goals are to.
1. Drives design tools sales
2. Drives server and synchronisation tools. (lifecycle data services)
3. Use it to develop their own applications. (Amp, photoshop online,….)
(similar to the pdf reader model I guess)
Matthias presents really well and he knows his stuff. Time to get him in a corner and talk HR related specifics.
The more I look at this Adobe stuff, the more impressed I become.