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  • » SAP
    the SAP arena There is no doubt about it When I saw the opening of the Ask the SAP Execs competition in which carefully selected video questions are played to SAP Executives during their keynote I just couldn t resist Have a look at my entry for yourselves Some years ago I asked Shai Agassi the same question and he told me that this would be something SAP has to look into Posted in Blogosphere SAP Market Tagged ask the execs attendance fees Berlin SAP TechEd Leave a comment Starship Enterprisey reloaded Posted on July 16 2008 by Michael Koch Craig s revived the Enterprisey Mediacast and feed so I reflected the changes on here Some time ago I wrote about the I Love ABAP episode which I can only highly recommend to you Craig keeps on churning out this stuff I don t know how he does it Posted in Blogosphere Tagged Craig Cmehil SAP Starship Enterprisey Leave a comment Berlin here I come Posted on July 16 2008 by Michael Koch I am really looking forward to be at this year s SAP TechEd in Berlin Come this October it s been 3 years since my last visit to SAP s annual conference on technical education and things have certainly moved on in SAP Land It s also been over 4 years since my last visit to my capital city At TechEd 2005 in Vienna I focussed on learning more about XI now renamed to PI Consuming Web Services and a little bit of WD4A WebDynpro ABAP As far as this year s session offerings are concerned I actually haven t made up my mind just yet but I ll probably go for a mix of advanced ABAP and beginner s Composition I ll also be able to access Virtual SAP TechEd for the first time a good opportunity for me to see all those sessions missed I ve been very critical about Virtual TechEd in the past but things move on simple as that I expect a lot of valuable information I remember sitting on the plane back from Vienna in 2005 with my head buzzing This time round it will probably be worse S ocial networking has changed the way how the SAP community communicates and a lot of the key people will be joining the party in Berlin So most of all I am excited about putting faces to names For example the ESME Enterprise Social Messaging Experiment project is going to be part of the Demo Jam Whenever time allows I try to keep up to speed with what s happening there and seeing it demoed in Berlin will surely be a treat They ve achieved so far in such short space of time I wonder what it will look like in October Posted in Blogosphere Tagged Berlin SAP TechEd Leave a comment barrels of laughs Posted on April 10 2008 by Michael Koch those developers at SAP truly must be Viewing table T616

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    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 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 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 About Pixelbase Pixelbase provides services in SAP Development Consulting and is based near

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  • » MySQL
    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 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 About Pixelbase Pixelbase provides services in SAP Development Consulting and is based near Rugby Midlands United Kingdom Working in IT since 1990 Pixelbase has

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  • » SAP upgrades drive talent demand
    closed 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 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 About Pixelbase Pixelbase provides services in SAP Development Consulting and is based near Rugby Midlands United Kingdom Working in IT

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  • » Business Apps on Microsoft Surface?
    concern in any area business or consumer And what about portability Most people work on laptops these days It would mean you still have your laptop or similar device in order to work whilst on the move I personally want to see Pong on it first This entry was posted in Blogosphere SAP Market Bookmark the permalink One thought on Business Apps on Microsoft Surface Permalink Craig Cmehil June 11 2007 at 12 25pm I d go for Space Invaders first myself Some cool ideas there my first thoughts were around scheduling in either MM or even in higher education but basically all around screen real estate Imagine have your whole manufacturing floor all production lines everything laid out in a cool UI where you have cameras monitoring the lines etc You are altered to a problem with part of the line you work your way into that part via the gui and can instantly grab all the info you need from the cameras reporting etc all on to your screen at once and have the whole overview Including a pass off of data to enabled laptop or other device for the engineer to take back to their desk to work on the problem I don t see these as individual works areas but more like central control centers for large groups etc maybe even something as simple as a print shop where each person comes in and grabs their work for the day from the table and then brings it back at the end of the day where they also have a wrap up meeting we are getting so isolated and virtual that I think sometimes that end of the day wrap up would be a most valuable item for teams to work back into their schedules Comments are

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  • » SAP Market
    some of the cloud platforms like Amazon and Google We haven t yet announced any relationships but you ll start to see us doing things of this sort It will be interesting to see what the collaboration with cloud platforms will entail When asked about the cooperation with Microsoft and Duet in particular he responded We have different development philosophies Microsoft is much more volume oriented and more consumer focused But we have a great relationship with them This statement puzzles me slightly OK Microsoft is to a large extend putting software onto people s desktop and the large majority of them are end consumers hence a larger installation base But I can t understand why the development philosophies are so different I particularly don t understand why MS is supposed to be more consumer focused If I try to interpret this does it mean for example MS puts more focus on UIs because they are more consumer oriented and SAP less Aren t a lot of the great conversations that are happening on SDN and in the SAP Blogsphere trying to do exactly the opposite making SAP more consumer focused think of the Wiimote experiment as a lighthearted example Posted in Blogosphere SAP Market Oracle Hyperion deal CIOs and CFOs Posted on March 2 2007 by Michael Koch ZDNet reports on SAPs reaction over Oracle s purchase of Hyperion what I find more interesting is the actual reasoning behind the deal that Oracle president Charles Phillips gave to ZDNet Hyperion s software wraps up financial information into a dashboard and helps companies deliver their regulatory filings to the SEC While CFOs may write checks for other applications they know Hyperion s software well There are a lot of other tools we have that we can sell Normally the CIO reports to the CFO so that relationship was important said Phillips Oracle s game plan Use Hyperion s access to the CFO office to sell other applications CIOs are critical but CFOs call the shots This reminded me of Dan McWeeney s post on SAP users of tomorrow Dan quite rightly emphasised the importance of UIs in the future and how they will influence key decision makers One thing I d to add to this is that in my view Oracle is for once using a clever approach here the CFOs are the ones who sign the cheques I am probably out on a limb here but my guess is that even in the future it will mostly be CIOs who are getting excited about a good UI not the CFOs So trying to get a communication route directly to the key people sounds like a plan to me Posted in Blogosphere SAP Market Contract rates for SAP skills Posted on March 1 2007 by Michael Koch I came across this very interesting analysis of the UK ABAP contract market Surprisingly enough it s all available for free As usual with stats they have to be taken with a pinch

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  • is Netweaver Must read Jon Reed also posted a great video blog with Karin Tillotson and SAP s Yariv Zur on SAP Java UIs Richard Hirsch wants SAP to change their minds and offer an Innovation Weekend at TechEd Bangalore but it also depends on interested attendees Silicon de sees a Renaissance for Netweaver english version here too Nothing on the Twitterverse this week Haven t forgotten about it though Posted in Blogosphere 1 Comment 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 BYD Studio is based on Microsoft s Visual Studio which was a conscious decision by the Walldorf software engineers as their analysis revealed that about 60 of mid market partners are already familiar with this development environment for Net and C On the language side it was previously mentioned that C would be the basis for BYD SDK but SAP decided to choose a different route in this respect Logic for BYD add ons is written in two scripting languages called Business Object Description Language BODL and Advanced Business Script I ve also seen it called ABAPScript during the hands on workshop This obviously throws up a few questions Why two scripting languages and why not use C First of all BODL is used to define any additional Business Objects for BYD add ons Obviously SAP made a conscious decision here to not integrate it into the BO layer in the BYD cloud backend but instead define using BODL code in BYD Studio According to SAP C would not have been flexible enough for BO definitions thus the creation of BODL See an example of some BODL script below On the business logic side for add ons BYD Studio uses a reduced scripting set which is based on C These scripts are deployed onto the BYD SaaS system and then generated into ABAP statements Yes you have read correctly ABAP code is created from the scripts you define in BYD Studio When asking about the reasoning for this I basically received two answers Firstly SAP expects more partners to be conversant with a C based scripting language as this is what the current tooling for a lot of partners is This was also the reason why it was chosen over ABAP which could have been the obvious development weapon of choicechoice Secondly the cloud based nature of BYD forced SAP to build a protected and walled garden around any code changes that are made A reduced instruction set which then generates ABAP code in the cloud was seen as the safest choice here Impact on skills These surprise developments bring up a few questions around skills for me What is the potential skills mix for a BYD add on developer My take is that experienced C developers might shy away from a reduced version of the language However they have the advantage of knowing the tooling from the bat and can tuck right in ABAP developers might have a slim advantage in terms of creating performant code as they understand the generated code base better even though they can never see it In conclusion I would say that none of

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  • » Blogosphere
    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 the corrisors and escalators it s Thursday evening No but seriously I love the ICC and its starship style

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