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Android for ERP applications

Sri Jaganathan
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I am currently working on an major ERP application that is widely used (sorry, due to employment clauses i cannot reveal with ERP product and the targeted vertical). We are currently thinking of leveraging Adroid to enable users to do simple tasks from their mobile devices. For example, approve a purchase request or to approve a timesheet etc.

How good is Android in this area? Is it mature enough now to support this kind of applications?
(I am pretty new to Android. So pardon me if my question is silly.)

Thanks.
Ed Burnette
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As long as you can get access to the ERP application through some kind of external web service then you can do it. REST and JSON are built-in, but with some extra work you can do SOAP (search this forum for links).

If your network requires both the client and the server to be inside a firewall then no, because VPN is not currently supported. This is one difference between the Android and Blackberry platforms right now. A Blackberry device can access intranet resources and sites just as if you were sitting at your office desk.


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Sri Jaganathan
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Ed, I already found that articles on REST and some on SOAP. Thanks for that.

Regarding VPN not being supported by Android, is it the current limitation that could be overcome in future releases or it was a conscious decision to not support VPN?

Ed Burnette wrote:As long as you can get access to the ERP application through some kind of external web service then you can do it. REST and JSON are built-in, but with some extra work you can do SOAP (search this forum for links).

If your network requires both the client and the server to be inside a firewall then no, because VPN is not currently supported. This is one difference between the Android and Blackberry platforms right now. A Blackberry device can access intranet resources and sites just as if you were sitting at your office desk.
Sri Jaganathan
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Seems like there are already some form of secure tunneling that is available that can be made use of:
http://code.google.com/p/connectbot/

Also seems there is this product/dev solution out there that provides VPN capability for Android phones.

http://www.mocana.com/NanoPhone-Android.html
Ed Burnette
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Regarding VPN not being supported by Android, is it the current limitation that could be overcome in future releases or it was a conscious decision to not support VPN?


The lack of VPN is just a current limitation, that could be addressed by a 3rd party application or built into a future release of the Android platform.

Related article (no time frame available on this, though):
http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=211300198
Michael Rivera
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doing that in a different project already eheheh


So many things to do so little time !!!
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