In our online careers fair in October 2012 Damien Murphy from SAP will be taking your questions about what it’s like working in mobile app development, what the lifestyle is like and what he studied at school and college.
Here he talks about his work as a developer in SAP’s Mobility Innovation Center.
Q: Tell us a little about your background in mobile apps
A: I developed and published my first mobile J2ME game in 2006, “DredBrick”, closely followed by a GPS-enabled Windows Mobile PDA application called “TrailBlazer”.
The suite of AirAsia apps has well over one million downloads combined from Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia apps.
I joined SAP as a mobility specialist in November 2011 and have worked on over 50 apps to help the pre-sales team win deals.
Q: What’s your main role at SAP?
The centre’s main function is to provide support to both pre-sales and custom development teams, with rapid prototypes built on the Sybase Unwired Platform.
The MIC is tasked with making mobile apps with a wow factor. The centre has produced mobile apps with a wide variety of features – including augmented reality, voice recognition, computer vision, 3D graphics and amazing designs to mention but a few.
Q: What’s your daily routine like?
A: It involves development of rapid prototypes and backend connectivity of PoC (proof of concept) apps for industry. Design and development cycles can be as short as three days, or as long as one month.
I also spend a lot of time on R&D in order to keep up with the cutting-edge mobile technologies. I specialise in augmented reality and 3D graphics and have worked on several high-profile apps such as Hydro One and PanoPrada which have been demoing across the world.
I have also joined sales teams in London and Madrid as a technical consultant to help with presentations and demo some of the MIC’s apps.
Q: Tell us a little about your team
A: The MIC is made up of several teams from across the world. MIC EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) is based in Ireland. MIC US is based in Atlanta Georgia and MIC APJ is based in Singapore. My colleagues in the MIC Ireland team are:
- Manuel Saez – MIC Ireland Director
- Pierre Alain-Bouchard – MIC Ireland Architect and Engagement Lead
- Sean Long – UI and UX Expert and Engagement Lead
- Egle Venclovaite – UI and UX Designer
- Brian Doyle – iOS Developer