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  • enjoying good uptake in the SAP developer community TechEd 2014 has shown the evidence The recent addition of OpenUI5 extended the use case to open source community based extensions of UI5 libraries In both scenarios Gateway and Odata are providing the supported link to the backend system my POV Most SAP customers are now looking at better User Experience UX and implementation of products such as Personas or UI5 which are now included in licence costs and can be downloaded by customers for free Therefore ABAPers are well advised to look into JavaScript jQuery UI5 is based on it and Gateway in order to stay current and deliver the better UX using Fiori like UI5 apps Because of the more imminent customer focus on this topic I see this area as the option with the biggest skills bang for buck for developers Change management and lifecycling using Git might challenge Abapers initially but is likely to become 2nd nature fast Hana XS Launched 2 years ago as part of HANA SP5 XS Extended Application Services it includes a full AS web server and application services in a single place Even die hard abapers rejoice once they discover the opportunities of XS If you already know OData and JavaScript or are thinking of getting into it it s a great opportunity my POV If your company or business is considering application development for non cloud in memory then this should be something for developers to focus on If you know you re way around JavaScript and Gateway OData Services already even better If there is no uptake in your company for HANA XS then this option still represents a great addition to the UI5 option described above as it taps into a very similar skillset Do nothing This is the least favourable option Here ABAPers just keep on doing what they re doing maybe keeping up to date with latest ABAP AS features at a minimum Bluntly it means you are not moving on or aiming to stay current my POV Despite the doom and gloom I d wager very much that there will always be a backend meaning that despite all new these new layers and platforms I ve described above the need for an optimised and up to date ABAP backend will remain As a result this will leave ABAPers with plenty of work for the next years maybe decades At the same time cost pressures and increased levels of commoditisation in the ABAP area will mean that a smaller number of developers might be required In a nutshell you will be very much competing on price and location Posted in ABAP Conferences SAP Market TechEd 1 Comment TechEd Keynotes they ve grown up Posted on October 21 2014 by Michael Koch Bjoern Goerke on stage during the TechEd keynote Having attended both opening presentations of SAP TechEd dcode 2014 in La Vegas it is safe to say that SAP keynotes have grown up By providing a more engaging

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  • » Blogosphere
    specification In addition there should be a standards document that gives the programmer information about naming standards how to structure your code and how interfaces should look like for example If you now say that specifications never live up to the detail they ought to contain in a perfect world then I say this should not be ironed out by a creative programmer who goes away and does his or her own thing If a specification or analysis document is below par then this reveals a poor development process in general which has to be resolved upstream and at the source Otherwise it s like compensating for a bad golf swing by simply moving your body to one side It s lazy Saying this is of course not very fashionable and snazzy especially with all the innovation hype that s pumped out by today s software corporations These days every software developer who is seeking success is easily sucked into thinking that in order to develop the next Instagram or Twitter you have to be perceived as out there creative getting it Here is the kicker as far as the pure programming is concerned you need to stick to agreed rules Am I saying that no creativity is involved My answer Far from it But here is my criticism No one seems to say that coding in itself is not the creative part of developing software successes From my own experience successful software projects are based on all or a combination of these points Good successful software is a team effort this has always been the case in IT history and is not a new paradigm Analysis and gathering requirements with the actual users is important because that s where you ensure your product doesn t suck It s where you listen You never design or specify software in a vacuum Respecting boundaries budgets software platforms languages your customer etc is important It s also an important difference to the work of artists who are not limited by boundaries If you develop in a team environment you need standards and agreements that go beyond the daily programming and span entire projects Finally coding requires focus and discipline You need to stick to what has been agreed and specified In some cases this is one of the last steps of a long software development journey Just a human brain and a machine Of course you can sit at home and hack away to your heart s content I deeply encourage you to do so because it is great for learning You might conjure up some cracking prototypes something that combines technologies and will be the foundation stone of IT s future You will still be restricted many things but this probably is the closest to creativity you can get It s just a human brain and a machine I know this can be thrilling for sure It might be the first of a million baby steps towards something new but it

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    message regarding innovation and rejuvenation Apart form the keynotes by the co CEOs SAP Mentors and Bloggers had the opportunity to participate in a round table with Jonathan Becher Executive Vice President of Global Field Marketing Jonathan explained more about SAP s aim to use Sapphire to demonstrate to customers the change that is happening within SAP One major attempt in this area is the re branding of Sapphire into SAPPHIRE NOW My take on the conference so far is that SAP has managed to show itself in a much more grounded and listening kind of way A refreshing change from a rather chilled atmosphere not too long ago triggered by topics such as support costs for example For most of the audience the two keynotes by co CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe were the first time they had seen or heard what these two business leaders had to say Where Bill McDermott showed vision and direction Snabe filled the strategy and product gap With Vishal Sikka there is now talk about a virtual 3rd CEO responsible for the technical and architectural part Judging by the Twtterstream during the keynotes and conversations after the speeches my impression was that SAP has bounced back and has so far executed well However the software giant has quite a task on its hands as far as change internally is concerned New paradigms such as the hybrid model for On Demand and talks about the future stack for applications have already caused quite a lot of discussions amongst employees partners and consultants Now everyone is looking towards this afternoon s keynote by Vishal Sikka and the enigmatic Hasso Plattner for some clarity To be continued Posted in SAPPHIRE day 1 at SAPPHIRE Posted on May 18 2010 by Michael Koch I m currently at SAP s annual customer conference SAPPHIRE in Frankfurt SAP is so far pulling out a lot of stops to get back its mojo in terms of innovation and showing leadership within the business application space Many of the mentors are onsite in Frankfurt and Orlando where the other customer event is run in parallel a nice change from an otherwise rather suitey event First session on Monday was a roundtable with SAP s Ingo Benckmann Senior Director Solution Management In Memory Computing Ingo gave us some high level insights into how In Memory Database IMDB is executed SAP very much believes that IMDB is the right technology at the right time Customers have become used to direct immediate system responses and IMDB very much reflects this trend When asked about ways how IMDB will be implemented Benckmann describes a customer s path to SAP delivered in memory technology as a side car approach This means IMDB is added to an existing landscape run in tandem with any relational database and therefore less disruptive more like an addition Answers questions you didn t know you had Ingo Benckmann talked about the power of immediate responses from BI queries and

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  • » TechEd
    Twitter handle on my SAP Mentor shirt Independent SAP Development Consultants like myself can be less influenced by the latest trend and fashion because our work is very often based on current customer project requirements I therefore tend to be more pro customer side trying to keep it real and end user relevant Having said that it s also important to get a glimpse of the future and accustom yourself with upcoming products That s one of the reasons why we re all going to TechEd One more word with regards to SAP Mentors We re a groovy bunch but just because we re Mentors doesn t mean we know everything SAP Land is a vast space and not one single person can claim to have the complete knowledge And to be honest we don t have to because we are a passionate open collaborative and extremely communicative team Believe you me we can talk for hours about SAP stuff If you have a question about Mentors our initiatives or you even want to chat about something that bugs you then let us know We can be quite critical about SAP and its products too and we d love to hear your constructive thoughts And most of all HAVE A GREAT CONFERENCE Posted in Blogosphere Conferences TechEd SAP Development having the guts to be great Posted on November 1 2011 by Michael Koch Some of you might have seen Hugh McLeod s picture about producing something amazing As it happens today I had a work discussion that touched on just that We were faced with the choice between something that ticks the timescale and achievement boxes and something that ticks the appealing and users will love it boxes Suffice to say what the obvious business decision was once again Quality was Job One I see this at a lot of SAP sites The implementation team knows that users are not particularly happy with the system but everyone seems to be getting their work done so why do things different The SAP team therefore focusses on the measurable part the quality They might even say Hey SAP is standard software after all If you want to have fun install Garageband on your own machine at home I used to say that too But not anymore Because things have moved on So here are some key points to all of those who oversee developments and have the power to decide whether a development should do same old same old or push some boundaries trust your senior developers let them loose every now and then use prototyping to explore new areas once in a while not everything has to be done in SAP GUI or downloadable into Excel for that matter send your team to events such as TechEd have the guts to defend your team s efforts and ideas in front of your superiors If you have been affected by the points raised above then please feel free to come and chat to me about it at SAP TechEd Madrid next week Posted in ABAP Blogosphere TechEd Business ByDesign update and SDK Posted on October 15 2010 by Michael Koch This year s SAP TechEd enabled developers for the first time to test drive the toolset to create Business ByDesign BYD extensions These so called add ons can enhance SAP s mid market cloud ERP system Day 1 of TechEd gave me the opportunity to talk to Rainer Zinow SAP s SVP for ByDesign during a Q A session Next day I got my hands dirty in the SDK hands on session Finally on Thursday I helped SAP with some Usability testing for the SDK In other words there were lots of opportunities to gather first hands experience Focus on Partner Ecosystem SAP is still in the process of establishing and educating its BYD partner network As far as BYD add ons are concerned it can be expected that this selective group will be SAP s prime focus for training with the Software Development Kit SDK A post keynote press conference revealed that currently SAP is not planning to reach out to other external communities to increase uptake in developers Whether this is a good move remains to be seen More on this further below when I touch on the tooling and scripting languages No information was available with regards to partner add on pricing My own interpretation is that there are two options for SAP either charge a high entrance fee to become a BYD add on partner and thereby raising exclusivity and limiting development community exposure or keeping the entrance barrier low and attracting a larger community to spur on innovation in this space Should the Walldorf company opt for the high price route it s likely that BYD add on partners aim to recoup the high initial expense with higher prices for their developed extensions This would obviously be counter productive especially when keeping in mind that SAP is going to present an app store like storefront for the BYD add ons later this year My take Leaving out the community focus here can make or break the quality of the add ons offered Client copy and APIs It was good to learn that SAP will enable the copying of data snapshots from productive clients to development test or sandbox environments These copies have to be requested by the customer not the partner and will be executed by SAP It is envisaged that this could become an automated process in the future There will also be 2 different APIs for BYD one internal so called A2A enabling SAP pr partner BYD functionality to talk to each other and A2X external allowing other platforms to interact with BYD cloud apps New scripting languages BODL and ABAPScript SAP seems to have settled on ByDesign Studio as the final name for the add on SDKs Hands on sessions still showed a Copernicus icon on the desktop which was its previous code name

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    as well as development and configuration for IS Automotive Dealer Business Management DBM and Vehicle Management System VMS Michael also provides Quality Assurance services for SAP projects functional technical and coding reviews gives advice on SAP Architecture and provides SAP Development training In October 2012 SAP Press published Michael s first book on ABAP Development for Sales and Distribution in SAP Exits BAdIs and Enhancements see link below under Publications Michael has been a SAP Mentor since March 2009 The SAP Mentor initiative identifies and provides special status to exceptional and high value members of SAP Developer Network SDN Business Objects BOBJ as well as Business Process Expert BPX communities Pixelbase aims to stay at the leading edge of SAP Development Consulting by constantly updating the skill set it offers Please get in contact regarding availability and consultancy rates About me My name is Michael Koch SAP Solution Architect Mentor and SAP Press Author This is my company profile and site ABAP Development for SD book Pixelbase Electric Looking for my the blog musings about electric vehicles and transportation Follow this link to Pixelbase Electric Recent Posts Come and see me at SAP Insider Events in 2015 A double Logo SAP 2015 Trends for ABAPers a brief overview Archives Archives Select Month October 2015 November 2014 October 2014 April 2013 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 May 2012 March 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 October 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 April 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007

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  • » Come and see me at SAP Insider Events in 2015
    little known features of SAP NetWeaver AS and Object Oriented ABAP Get up to speed on ABAP for SAP HANA which is different than traditional ABAP Evaluate the various tools for web enabling your system like Web Dynpro ABAP and SAPUI5 Better communicate with business users Compare the latest project methodologies their value and their tradeoffs and select which is best suited to your organization Increase your SAP ABAP IQ with field tested techniques your company can implement right away upon your return to the office This is a great relevant and wide range of interesting topics which should give attendants an update on the latest tools techniques and provide real world experiences Make sure you mark the dates for Las Vegas 17 19 11 2015 and Amsterdam 7 9 12 2015 in your calendar It would be great to meet you there This entry was posted in ABAP Conferences SAP Market Bookmark the permalink Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email will not be published Name and Email fields are required Comment Name Email Website About me My name is Michael Koch SAP Solution Architect Mentor and SAP Press Author This is my company profile and site ABAP Development for SD book Pixelbase Electric Looking for my the blog musings about electric vehicles and transportation Follow this link to Pixelbase Electric Recent Posts Come and see me at SAP Insider Events in 2015 A double Logo SAP 2015 Trends for ABAPers a brief overview Archives Archives Select Month October 2015 November 2014 October 2014 April 2013 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 May 2012 March 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February

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    into a very similar skillset Do nothing This is the least favourable option Here ABAPers just keep on doing what they re doing maybe keeping up to date with latest ABAP AS features at a minimum Bluntly it means you are not moving on or aiming to stay current my POV Despite the doom and gloom I d wager very much that there will always be a backend meaning that despite all new these new layers and platforms I ve described above the need for an optimised and up to date ABAP backend will remain As a result this will leave ABAPers with plenty of work for the next years maybe decades At the same time cost pressures and increased levels of commoditisation in the ABAP area will mean that a smaller number of developers might be required In a nutshell you will be very much competing on price and location Posted in ABAP Conferences SAP Market TechEd 1 Comment TechEd Keynotes they ve grown up Posted on October 21 2014 by Michael Koch Bjoern Goerke on stage during the TechEd keynote Having attended both opening presentations of SAP TechEd dcode 2014 in La Vegas it is safe to say that SAP keynotes have grown up By providing a more engaging style of delivery Steve Lucas and Bjoern Goerke have managed to capture the audience s imagination This is a change that was long overdue While Lucas style was more off the cuff it was Goerke who offered the necessary Ueberbau the almost academic foundation which is an important aspect and will go down well with long time SAP customers The Monday night opening was also a big advert for SAP s product and community advocates SAP Mentors Altogether 4 of the group s existing and alumni members came onstage to showcase solutions This in itself is a case in point that Mentors are more than an illustrious group of experts who provide a sounding board for the german software business they re agents of innovation Bjoern Goerke s demo on Tuesday morning driven by an as always bubbly and entertaining Ian Kimball was another highlight and example for the change of keynote delivery style we re witnessing In a suit geek style the duo built a mobile application in 3 simple steps An exec building an app on stage surely has to be a first within the Enterprise software arena All in all this change in delivery style is promising and provides a hopeful lookout For me at least Disclosure as a member of the Mentor program my conference attendance ticket is paid for by SAP Posted in ABAP Blogosphere Conferences TechEd ABAP Development for SD in SAP Exits BAdIs and Enhancements Posted on October 7 2012 by Michael Koch A few weeks ago when I announced my first SAP publication ABAP Development for Sales and Distribution in SAP I promised a post in which I delve a little deeper into the book its background and how it came

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    work for the next years maybe decades At the same time cost pressures and increased levels of commoditisation in the ABAP area will mean that a smaller number of developers might be required In a nutshell you will be very much competing on price and location Posted in ABAP Conferences SAP Market TechEd 1 Comment TechEd Keynotes they ve grown up Posted on October 21 2014 by Michael Koch Bjoern Goerke on stage during the TechEd keynote Having attended both opening presentations of SAP TechEd dcode 2014 in La Vegas it is safe to say that SAP keynotes have grown up By providing a more engaging style of delivery Steve Lucas and Bjoern Goerke have managed to capture the audience s imagination This is a change that was long overdue While Lucas style was more off the cuff it was Goerke who offered the necessary Ueberbau the almost academic foundation which is an important aspect and will go down well with long time SAP customers The Monday night opening was also a big advert for SAP s product and community advocates SAP Mentors Altogether 4 of the group s existing and alumni members came onstage to showcase solutions This in itself is a case in point that Mentors are more than an illustrious group of experts who provide a sounding board for the german software business they re agents of innovation Bjoern Goerke s demo on Tuesday morning driven by an as always bubbly and entertaining Ian Kimball was another highlight and example for the change of keynote delivery style we re witnessing In a suit geek style the duo built a mobile application in 3 simple steps An exec building an app on stage surely has to be a first within the Enterprise software arena All in all this change in delivery style is promising and provides a hopeful lookout For me at least Disclosure as a member of the Mentor program my conference attendance ticket is paid for by SAP Posted in ABAP Blogosphere Conferences TechEd If you spot me at SAP TechEd Las Vegas Posted on October 13 2012 by Michael Koch SAP CTO Vishal Sikka meeting Mentors at Tech Madrid 2011 photo M Gillet please come and say Hello I might be deep in conversation thoughts making sense of it all or have my nose in a Latte In any case please feel free to interrupt for a chat You ll usually recognize me by my SAP Mentor shirt with the Pixelbase Twitter handle and the number 70 on the back If you don t want to talk to me then you can still go and discuss all things SAP with any of the other mentors Believe me these guys and gals feel as passionate about SAP as you and we are always interested in your views Continue reading Posted in Blogosphere Conferences TechEd 1 Comment Technology Forum UK Day 1 a summary Posted on March 21 2012 by Michael Koch At a time when lots

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