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  • » Blogosphere
    you re not always on the latest release so checking the ESW is always a good way to see what s around the corner Now you would think that the ESW gives you an easy overview of the services on offer describing to you exactly what each service does especially when you compare them to each other You would probably also think that the ESW gives you a nifty little search engine which enables you to sieve through the 2000 services and get what you want quickly Well things have definitely improved and especially the testing part of the service against SAP s own Discovery System ie an ECC app stack is much better now However much is still left to be desired as far as documentation search facilities and test harness is concerned Oh and while I m at it don t even think about opening up the ESW in browsers such as Firefox Safari or Opera It simply looks to me as if these services have been arranged in such a way so they fit well together with SAP s module documentation and education plans This doesn t always sit in line how other consultants look for services In contrast here is the way how I approach a service from a developer s perspective I know I want to create a sales order in a backend system From my old BAPI days I remember that I need a few parameters to feed the service in order to get order processing going without those elusive error messages You can find the Sales Orders Create service easily enough but of course that s only part of what s needed If you re looking around for services to find sales organisations sales groups divisions et cetera you ll be surprised how difficult it can be to get the information out of the backend that you re looking for Bottom line for me is finding the services you require and testing them is still far from easy Once you start down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny Yoda Star Wars Now as a developer there is an underlying danger in all this Let me tell you what this is The more time you spend looking for those services and collecting your data the more you re inclined to log into the backend using SAP GUI enter the letters S E 8 0 into the top left of the screen and create a little remote enabled function module expose it as a web service using a wizard and get those pesky sales order related details out of the ERP system Even worse you re even contemplating copying a SAP standard function module to extend it so it does what you want it to do Do not give in to the powers of the dark side Now can I just say one thing here I bet there are other ways to retrieve data out of the backend system Whilst I love to hear about them all I want to illustrate here is that I m currently on a long journey during which I will learn how to find the services I require quicker and get the backend to do what I want it to do The benefits will be that the customer I work for have systems that need less support and testing after an upgrade because services to external systems are provided via standard services which are constantly updated and maintained by SAP However a little help from SAP by making the ESW easier to use wouldn t go amiss TO BE CONTINUED Posted in ABAP Blogosphere Tagged ABAP CE SOA an ABAPer s journey to Netweaver CE Posted on June 8 2009 by Michael Koch SAP Mentor Yoda You must unlearn what you have learned Yoda Star Wars Heeding Yoda s advice I m currently in the process of unlearning some but by far not all of the skills I ve acquired over the years as SAP Development Consultant During the past 11 years I ve developed a lot of my applications within the ABAP stack mostly for use within SAP GUI sometimes within a browser Now to some of you this might sound a bit pretentious but I wanted to do something new and different SAP ERP products are great but not perfect I spent over a decade performing ABAP and config work in order to mold SAP ERP systems into a shape so they do exactly what a business wants Make no mistake these years were very valuable for me and my backend expertise is going to come in very handy in my new job But I wanted to get out and explore see what s beyond and discover pastures new Over the years I ve brought a lot of help and value to businesses with my ABAPs and web apps but it always entailed changes or enhancements within the ERP core system Sometimes these changes were not easy to make as end users wanted to keep their system as free of customisation as possible fearing problems and endless regression tests further down the line Moreover before ABAP OO came along reusability of development components DCs was merely restricted to INCLUDEs and Function Modules Thankfully this has all changed now But let s face it adoption of ABAP OO based development principles is still not a reality in every SAP development team Things have definitely improved but it s far from being fully adopted Enter Composition Environment Netweaver Developer Studio Composite Application Framework Visual Composer Guided Procedures Enterprise Services Builder and all these other tools repositories of a new service oriented world that is Enterprise SOA My new world The other side of the pond as I call it Rest Neo The answers are coming Morpheus The Matrix However all these new tools can be quite daunting for a SAP Development Consultant who in the past usually spent most of his time using one single development workbench

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  • » This Week in SAP
    home market engl version here Just in time the Enterprise Geeks with the last installment on an Introduction to WDA pt 7 Dennis Howlett comments on SAP s release of ByDesign Feature Pack 2 5 Still strikes me as new to see price offerings from SAP like this see the 3 starter packs but it s a taste of what s to come in the not too distant future See also my comment re SDK and partner add ons for more reading also see my recent post ByDesign ByCommunity And here comes Mr T with a bit of spice this week me thinks ZiaYusuf Delighted to announce that I have joined key sap partner and talent management leader nakisainc as Board Advisor http bit ly cYLoRA jonerp As per thomas jung at sapitstl SAP Business Suite is gradually being rewritten from SAP GUI to Web Dynpro ABAP jonerp Interesting piece by computerworlduk reporting SAP user survey on ByD and Saas http dlvr it 3BWWw but SHOCKED doesn t mention surveyed monkchips esjewett the sap enterprise workspaces page is not even funny file under poor marketing cc jbecher vlvl esjewett Another misguided in memory SAP marketing blog on SDN http bit ly 93jTcm The non in memory stuff seems alright ewH I am now being followed by shortdumps as an ABAPer that is not a good omen thomas jung Just followed shortdumps if this account turns out to not be ABAP related I don t think I want to see the content they post mprosceno Nice recognition for SDN and the SAP Community Networks in the Washington Post http bit ly adewZZ This entry was posted in Uncategorized Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed About me My name is Michael Koch SAP Solution Architect Mentor and SAP Press Author This is

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  • » Berlin
    Air During RIA Hacker Night I even managed to win a Adobe Flex Development Pro SDK and a Flex Book No more excuses SOA and Composition Environment During Community Day I attended Owen Pettiford s founding member of BPX network interesting SOA session He talked about the framework and approach he uses in his daily work I like his approach to deal with small pains first keeping it simple and making use of existing perfect systems by bringing them together with SAP Composition Environment for example Inspired by this I decided to learn more about CE on Community Day I might be way off here and there is lots more to get into but especially in the current economic climate CE might play a larger role in the short to mid term Atlantic I attended a 1 hr session on Atlantic s state of play a joint development venture between SAP and IBM A lot of my clients use Lotus Notes and have asked me many times about planed or existing interfaces and integration between these two worlds The presented product hinges on Notes 8 02 as installed base and enabled SAP workflow integration into a Notes context not vice versa The usual holiday or Purchase Order Approval apps were demoed no surprise there I have to say though that the 2 presenters from SAP and IBM weren t exactly geling which may or may not say a lot about the cooperation I can t help but thinking that IBM needs this project more than SAP does TDMS Test Data Migration Server As I ve been involved in many data migration projects in the past I decided to learn more about this product I didn t even know it existed TDMS provides a fairly lightweight migration server that lets you specify business objects and Z tables that you want to migrate Several migration scenarios timeslice or object related for example can also help in keeping your dev and QA enviroments in a healthier data state always a winner in my book According to other consultants I spoke to it seems to come with a hefty price tag depending on your db size but I d hazard a guess that you could recoup your investment within 6 12 months A very interesting session which was slightly marred by a very arrogant presenter general observations Mac Books Mac Book Pros iPhones Thanks to Boot Camp and Parallels Apple products have certainly hit the SAP community Three years ago in Vienna I remember being the only one with a Mac at SAP TechEd someone actually saw me getting out my Powerbook and commented At least one person with a REAL computer at this convention describing Berlin ICC as a starship is well deserved and apt I still get lost in the vaults of this monster of a building whilst trying to find my way to Lecture Hall 1 or was that Room 5 I think by the time I got to grips with

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  • » RIA Hacker Night
    is on its way out SearchSAP can you hear me has to have a serious problem I attended 2 WDA sessions one of them an update on the WDA dev stack and the other one about WDA and Enhancement Framework which opened an entirely new perspective to me because so far I never thought about changing SAP standard WDA applications as there aren t that many WDA integration into the Enhancement Framework has been executed well and will on one hand give consultants a lot of flexibility and relieve end users from painful upgrades on the other RIA RCA A 1 hour session on RIAs Rich Internet Apps and RCAs Rich Client Apps and how they fit into SAP s GUI strategy turned out to be a very valuable one I ve heard about Business Client before and it was good to hear a little bit more about it We were assured that BC will not replace SAP GUI but I wouldn t be surprised if this would change over the coming years It was also interesting to learn a little bit more about RCA and RIA dev apps from Adobe Flex and Air During RIA Hacker Night I even managed to win a Adobe Flex Development Pro SDK and a Flex Book No more excuses SOA and Composition Environment During Community Day I attended Owen Pettiford s founding member of BPX network interesting SOA session He talked about the framework and approach he uses in his daily work I like his approach to deal with small pains first keeping it simple and making use of existing perfect systems by bringing them together with SAP Composition Environment for example Inspired by this I decided to learn more about CE on Community Day I might be way off here and there is lots more to get into but especially in the current economic climate CE might play a larger role in the short to mid term Atlantic I attended a 1 hr session on Atlantic s state of play a joint development venture between SAP and IBM A lot of my clients use Lotus Notes and have asked me many times about planed or existing interfaces and integration between these two worlds The presented product hinges on Notes 8 02 as installed base and enabled SAP workflow integration into a Notes context not vice versa The usual holiday or Purchase Order Approval apps were demoed no surprise there I have to say though that the 2 presenters from SAP and IBM weren t exactly geling which may or may not say a lot about the cooperation I can t help but thinking that IBM needs this project more than SAP does TDMS Test Data Migration Server As I ve been involved in many data migration projects in the past I decided to learn more about this product I didn t even know it existed TDMS provides a fairly lightweight migration server that lets you specify business objects and Z tables that

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  • » TechEd 2008
    on its way out SearchSAP can you hear me has to have a serious problem I attended 2 WDA sessions one of them an update on the WDA dev stack and the other one about WDA and Enhancement Framework which opened an entirely new perspective to me because so far I never thought about changing SAP standard WDA applications as there aren t that many WDA integration into the Enhancement Framework has been executed well and will on one hand give consultants a lot of flexibility and relieve end users from painful upgrades on the other RIA RCA A 1 hour session on RIAs Rich Internet Apps and RCAs Rich Client Apps and how they fit into SAP s GUI strategy turned out to be a very valuable one I ve heard about Business Client before and it was good to hear a little bit more about it We were assured that BC will not replace SAP GUI but I wouldn t be surprised if this would change over the coming years It was also interesting to learn a little bit more about RCA and RIA dev apps from Adobe Flex and Air During RIA Hacker Night I even managed to win a Adobe Flex Development Pro SDK and a Flex Book No more excuses SOA and Composition Environment During Community Day I attended Owen Pettiford s founding member of BPX network interesting SOA session He talked about the framework and approach he uses in his daily work I like his approach to deal with small pains first keeping it simple and making use of existing perfect systems by bringing them together with SAP Composition Environment for example Inspired by this I decided to learn more about CE on Community Day I might be way off here and there is lots more to get into but especially in the current economic climate CE might play a larger role in the short to mid term Atlantic I attended a 1 hr session on Atlantic s state of play a joint development venture between SAP and IBM A lot of my clients use Lotus Notes and have asked me many times about planed or existing interfaces and integration between these two worlds The presented product hinges on Notes 8 02 as installed base and enabled SAP workflow integration into a Notes context not vice versa The usual holiday or Purchase Order Approval apps were demoed no surprise there I have to say though that the 2 presenters from SAP and IBM weren t exactly geling which may or may not say a lot about the cooperation I can t help but thinking that IBM needs this project more than SAP does TDMS Test Data Migration Server As I ve been involved in many data migration projects in the past I decided to learn more about this product I didn t even know it existed TDMS provides a fairly lightweight migration server that lets you specify business objects and Z tables that you

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  • » Web Dynpro
    on its way out SearchSAP can you hear me has to have a serious problem I attended 2 WDA sessions one of them an update on the WDA dev stack and the other one about WDA and Enhancement Framework which opened an entirely new perspective to me because so far I never thought about changing SAP standard WDA applications as there aren t that many WDA integration into the Enhancement Framework has been executed well and will on one hand give consultants a lot of flexibility and relieve end users from painful upgrades on the other RIA RCA A 1 hour session on RIAs Rich Internet Apps and RCAs Rich Client Apps and how they fit into SAP s GUI strategy turned out to be a very valuable one I ve heard about Business Client before and it was good to hear a little bit more about it We were assured that BC will not replace SAP GUI but I wouldn t be surprised if this would change over the coming years It was also interesting to learn a little bit more about RCA and RIA dev apps from Adobe Flex and Air During RIA Hacker Night I even managed to win a Adobe Flex Development Pro SDK and a Flex Book No more excuses SOA and Composition Environment During Community Day I attended Owen Pettiford s founding member of BPX network interesting SOA session He talked about the framework and approach he uses in his daily work I like his approach to deal with small pains first keeping it simple and making use of existing perfect systems by bringing them together with SAP Composition Environment for example Inspired by this I decided to learn more about CE on Community Day I might be way off here and there is lots more to get into but especially in the current economic climate CE might play a larger role in the short to mid term Atlantic I attended a 1 hr session on Atlantic s state of play a joint development venture between SAP and IBM A lot of my clients use Lotus Notes and have asked me many times about planed or existing interfaces and integration between these two worlds The presented product hinges on Notes 8 02 as installed base and enabled SAP workflow integration into a Notes context not vice versa The usual holiday or Purchase Order Approval apps were demoed no surprise there I have to say though that the 2 presenters from SAP and IBM weren t exactly geling which may or may not say a lot about the cooperation I can t help but thinking that IBM needs this project more than SAP does TDMS Test Data Migration Server As I ve been involved in many data migration projects in the past I decided to learn more about this product I didn t even know it existed TDMS provides a fairly lightweight migration server that lets you specify business objects and Z tables that you

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  • » An Entirely Virtual SAP TechEd?
    give an event such as this the feel of true collaboration Granted the devil is in the detail here but there are only a few software companies on the planet that could pull this one off In my view SAP is one of them The benefits and opportunities for such an idea real savings for customers a truly green event bigger reach to even more developers and BPXers great extension to the current Virtual TechEd format real online collaboration target group for this already used to the web format Now I can hear some people shouting Bah Humbug already argueing that for example the organisational effort for an event such as this would be phenomenal Another one What about face to face meetings networking and collaboration Well maybe but would not tools such as Twitter to some degree prove these critics wrong There could potentially be small compromises For example similar to the break up of SAPphire EMEA into smaller more regional events TechEd could go an analogous route by hosting one small main event with speakers mentors and several satellite venues which would provide web video links to the main event yet still giving participants a face to face option to network and collaborate locally Now I can imagine that clever TechEd people such as Chip Rodgers Amir Blich Marylin Pratt or Craig Cmehil Second Life have already been hatching a Virtual TechEd Masterplan such as this or at least I hope they have This entry was posted in Blogosphere and tagged SAP TechEd Bookmark the permalink One thought on An Entirely Virtual SAP TechEd Permalink Nathan Leach February 10 2009 at 3 31am I think it s a great idea I would welcome a virtual conference Not only would it give my company a chance to save money

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  • » use Twitter to find SAP contracts within EMEA
    Permalink Oliver December 8 2008 at 10 16pm Hi Michael thanks for providing another source on Twitter to pull data from I think this will be an interesting experiment Twitter is at the moment the fastest way to spread information a fact that could become quite useful when searching for a job Did you already got any feedback Cheers Oliver Permalink Michael Koch December 9 2008 at 8 47am Hey Oliver No worries glad to provide some input into this I ve also started to use one of the feeds that SAP JOBS uses as inputs to my Yahoo Pipe Next steps would be to get some more feeds set up by each continent and maybe some countries as well although I found in the past that some ads are not always properly assigned to countries like Amsterdam UK as some roles are split over several locations I ve also been thinking about tagging the tweeds so people using Twitterscope et al could separate job feeds easier It s all very much like RSS Readers really but I think folks might like the fact that all of this is integrated into your Twitter timeline Another idea would be to use a job keyword count to create stats similar to what ITjobswatch do http www itjobswatch co uk contracts uk sap do This could be used to indicate some trends M 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

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