Thursday, October 31, 2013

The 2013 SAP TechEd Topic Top 10

SAP TechEd in Amsterdam coming up, counting down … 5 days to go. Time to compose an annual SAP TechEd Topic Top 10. With 955 entries in this years agenda there is enough to choose from. 


For the ‘official’ Topics Top 10 I used the sessions download file from the SAP TechEd site and narrowed the list down to cover ‘only’ Lectures and Hands On Workshops, just like I did previously. That list still contained 380 (!) sessions to choose from and to fit in your 3-day agenda ;-)

Here we go … (drumroll) … what will be number 1 in 2013? Still SAP NetWeaver ...




No, it's HANA. Guess you didn't see that one coming ;-)

#Last yearsTopic# Sessions
12, 4, -, -, -HANA125
21, 1, 1, 1, 1SAP NetWeaver53
33, 3, 7, -, -Mobile (Mobility, Syclo, SMP, Agentry)46
44, -, -, -, -Cloud43
55, 2, 2, 2, 10Business Objects (Business Intelligence)25
66, 5, 3, 3, 6ABAP20
7-, -, -, -, -SAPUI515
87, 9, -, -, -Portal15
98, 6, 4, 5, 4BPM (Process Orchestration)14
109, -, -, -, -Gateway4

So what do we learn from this years SAP TechEd sessions?
  • HANA is here to replace SAP NetWeaver. With both HANA and runner up HANA Cloud Platform (#SAPHCP), the hegemony from SAP NetWeaver as THE number 1 is finally broken.
  • Numbers 3, 4, 5, and 6 keeping their position steady.
  • And new in our Top 10 - SAPUI5, of course ;-)
  • SAP PI is renamed to SAP PO, Process Orchestration. Hope this helps in bringing more of BPM to our customers. With the rebranding, SAP PI dropped out of this list.
  • I expected Gateway to end up higher, but its position in this list doesn’t reflects its importance. Although maybe not mentioned in the session title you will for sure meet SAP NetWeaver Gateway within sessions about SAPUI5, mobile and ABAP. Now we can only wait for a rebranding to SAP HANA Gateway ;-)
  • No Design Thinking? How is that possible? Enough of Design Thinking at InnoJam? Lucky there are several expert sessions about Design Thinking - I can highly recommend this topic to you when you live in the world of mobile applications or improving user experience.
  • And just like last year, no Java, no Duet, no Microsoft, no SharePoint.
  • Looking back, 2008 was all about Service Oriented Architecture, Enterprise Services. 2013 is all about HANA (In Memory), Mobile and Cloud. How time flies when you’re having fun ;-)


For your convenience:
See you all next week in Amsterdam.

(BTW, ping me if you like to stick a "I Love SAP TechEd" sticker to your notebook. I will bring them to Amsterdam) 


Sunday, October 27, 2013

SAP CodeJam ABAP on HANA

Another successful SAP CodeJam in the Netherlands. The ABAP on HANA CodeJam in Eindhoven. Organized by Roel van den Berge and hosted by Thorsten Schneider.

I surely recommend attending an SAP CodeJam, a day of serious coding on a specific topic accompanied by SAP experts. It is just like an SAP TechEd HandsOn Workshop, but outside of SAP TechEd season ;-)

What do you get:
  • Deep knowledge on the topic
  • Hands on exercises 
  • Support by SAP experts
  • Meet up with fellow enthusiasts
  • Great food!!

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Roel opening the event.

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Thorsten kicks off the ABAP on HANA coding.

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Let the fun begin.

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Sven van Leuken dressed up especially for the event.

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Coffee, ABAP Code and Coke - what more can you wish for?

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FUN!


The complete event in pictures at Flickr.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SAP Mobile Platform Wishlist

It’s almost that time of the year. A period where you start writing down your wishes in a letter and hope that your wishes get fulfilled … so here we go.

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Dear Santa,


I have been a good boy this year. Please ...

(or in business language ;-)

Dear SMP Product Owner,


SAP TechEd just kicked off today in Las Vegas, so sorry that I can’t join you to hear and learn all about SMP3 now. Glad with the preview blogs by Jens Koerner (SMP3 Launch) and John Wargo (Kapsel) and really looking forward to SAP TechEd in Amsterdam.


Wish list

MDD and its UI
  • Please update the out of the box UI components for all platforms. They are worth investing in and expanding their lifespan. It provides the possibility of having an approach that supports “Build once and Deploy anywhere”, very handy in the enterprise world. The current “Windows 3.1” look and feel is really outdated.
  • With OpenUI coming to the MDD approach (formerly known as Agentry) it will be possible to integrate native UI components with out of the box SMP UI components. That is a cool feature, but doesn’t help in the “Build once and Deploy anywhere”.

Synchronization
  • Please help in tweaking the performance. Synchronization is not something an end-user requested for. So a quick and painless synchronization is key in user experience.

Strategy
  • Please help us consultants in explaining SAP’s mobile strategy. With all the news around SMP3 I really think SAP is stabilizing its mobile roadmap. That’s good news as we all know what a bumpy road that was. I sure hope that things get clear and we can help our customers with an advice that lasts longer than 6 months.
  • Please help positioning OData. It is it quite clear that this is the way to go. But where to position OData? Is it the successor of Sybase MBO and Agentry MDD? Or a new alternative to build offline apps that need to synchronize with a backend system.

Development support
  • Please help developers in their development process. Just like with Sybase where MBO’s were graphically designed and generated “under water”. This sure speeds up the developments. Especially when you compare this with Agentry and requested custom developments. To create your own data exchange tables is a leap back in time without a ‘wizard’ helping you out.
  • Please deliver the AppDesigner also to the MDD world. The AppDesigner is a long awaited tool to design online HTML5 mobile interfaces, it will sure come in handy to design great looking mobile interfaces based on the MDD approach.


Yours sincerely,
Twan van den Broek – who will be waiting to see what cool features will be delivered to his Christmas Stockings ;-)


Also posted on SCN.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Birthday #sitNL, 5 years old now

SAP Inside Track Netherlands - #sitNL - turns 5.

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2013 is a year of celebrating community milestones. Our own SCN clubhouse for example, celebrates its 10thanniversary. Well from my part: Happy Birthday dear SCN. Thanks for bringing us together.

Clean the carpet, open the doors, as we celebrate another anniversary.

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This year sitnl will turn 5! A 5th episode of us SAP NetWeaver geeks coming together on a Saturday, somewhere in Eindhoven ;-)
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SAP Inside Track NL – The SAP TechEd XPerience
Saturday November 23rd, 2013
10:00 – 19:00
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Registration is open, please go to our Wiki page to register for the event.

Hold on, not sure why you should attend?
Maybe a view into history will help:

Last year’s top valued sessions where:

And when that is not enough, let’s quote some participants:

Ab-so-lu-tely brilliant!

No problem to use my Saturday for this. I would do it again!

Still not convinced? Let me try another direction.

Again our favorite chef Haseenah will cook us dinner. A not-to-miss-sitNL-evening-event.

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Please please please pretty please book her for the next decade of sitNL!

What about our community Quiz?

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Starring our fabulous QuizMaster Sven Van Leuken

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Great community quiz. Entertaining!

Convinced? Sure!
Let’s have a look at last year’s predictions.

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OData and Design Thinking – Think we were quite right last year.
Flamenco by @ttrapp – Let’s open a poll to make sure that Tobias Trapp provides a workshop or demo 

What about the 2013 agenda?
We can’t do it on our own. So please share your session proposals on our Wiki page. Together we can make it a high quality event again!

Your organization geeks for this year

Unfortunately we have to do the 2013 version without Pim de Wit as he has a family celebration that weekend. Hope we can count on you for 2014 ;-)

We hope to see you all in Amsterdam at sapteched_amsterdam or at sitnl . Any ideas, tips or suggestions are highly appreciated.


Also posted on SCN.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Run like never before

Just like SAP's slogan "Run like never before" - that's exactly what I did ;-) I ran my second half marathon in Eindhoven. As being a "laptop junky" - I am proud with the results.



Hurrah, 1:53:29 !! (My own timing on Runkeeper was not as sharp)

Why running? It helps me in 'washing off' the results of a busy day at work. And we all know how busy a day can be. Usually I start running being tired and end up being more fit than before ;-)