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  • » Why I think coding is not creative
    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 does not resemble the creation of something that is scalable timeless and profit making which are the hallmarks of successfully designed software Successful software is brought

    Original URL path: http://www.pixelbase.co.uk/?p=1460 (2016-02-11)
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  • » Technology Forum, UK, Day 1 – a summary
    there were no specific news on SAP s new UI framework UI5 which is jQuery based However according to the SAP partners I spoke to it is something everyone is looking into now Keytree mentioned they are using Sencha libraries a Javascript framework on top to add touch interface capabilities to UI5 which currently only is for desktop Personally I am excited about UI5 and expect further developments on tooling and framework from SAP later this year Gateway I liked that most presentations clarified that not just SUP can be used for consumption which was in contrast to information available during TechEd 2011 in Madrid where participants often thought SUP is the only way to consume Gateway I attended two interesting sessions by SAP labs very own Yaad Oren including a Kinect enabled Gateway solution and a Siri based prototype called SiPi using Open Ears In the latter a video showed a SAP CRM lead being created using iPhone voice recognition and later an image was added to the CRM business partner by searching the person on Facebook based on facial details This is a very likely future use case yet it still makes me slightly shudder Disclaimer the app is only a prototype As far as a wider developer engagement for Gateway is concerned it seems that a reliance on the SAP partnering framework is the chosen path for now Whether this will hamper the billion users ambitions SAP has remains to be seen This entry was posted in Blogosphere Conferences SAP Market Bookmark the permalink Comments are 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

    Original URL path: http://www.pixelbase.co.uk/?p=1440 (2016-02-11)
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  • » So if you’re at SAPPHIRE NOW / TechEd Madrid…
    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 This entry was posted in Blogosphere Conferences TechEd Bookmark the permalink Comments are 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

    Original URL path: http://www.pixelbase.co.uk/?p=1424 (2016-02-11)
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  • » Blogosphere
    by the pros like TWIS It was a commented link list and I didn t find very satisfying over time Within reason it gave me popularity and clicks yes but it was not my own content really So much for the sour grapes Nevertheless blogging can still give you that sovereignty that Hugh is talking about So here s to more blogging new ideas and sovereignty on Pixelbase co uk Posted in Blogosphere 1 Comment SAP announces In Memory App Roadmap Posted on March 16 2011 by Michael Koch During the Run Better Tour in Boston last Wednesday SAP announced an Applications Roadmap for its In Memory Technology HANA High Performance Analytical Appliance Invited as a blogger and SAP Mentor I had the opportunity to take part in meetings with SAP board member Vishal Sikka and CIO Oliver Bussmann Continue reading Posted in Blogosphere SAP Market 3 Comments HANA and Watson the elevator pitch Posted on March 10 2011 by Michael Koch Last Wednesday analysts industry experts influencers bloggers mentors and other luminous individuals gathered for a day in Boston to attend the Run Better Tour and an influencer event with SAP board member Vishal Sikka I managed to get a few seconds with Vijay Vijayasankar of IBM and asked him for an elevator pitch about his recent thoughts on HANA and Watson opportunities See the video below There is also an funny and very insightful video by Dennis Howlett of Vijay and Vishal Sikka talking about the same topic Vijay is rocking this topic so watch this space Continue reading Posted in Blogosphere Customisations an ERP for you and you and you Posted on February 23 2011 by Michael Koch note this post was originally published in German on my Blog on Silicon de The problem is as old as ERP standard software itself Customisations On the one hand customers want their software and processes to be as aligned as possible On the other hand software vendors such as SAP warn customers who go too far with their mods as these might threaten future upgrades could even make them impossible As little as possible as much as required During the late nineties when I started out as SAP Developer I pretty soon learned the golden rule of customisation As little as possible as much as required Meanwhile SAP tried to promote topics such as Best Practices And there was a good reason for that the Walldorf concern has insight into a vast amount of corporate processes and value chains this knowledge is leveraged in Best Practices We want to be different but how Halfway through the past decade it seemed as if the protagonists of vanilla SAP ERP system had won the customisation battle Meanwhile many customers started comparing a SAP Implementation with pouring concrete of their processes set in stone forever While I always thought this view was slightly exaggerated you can t help but ask yourself the question where IT relevant competitive advantage is supposed to come

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  • » day 3 at SAPPHIRE
    his usual off the cuff style which can be very entertaining It certainly demonstrated the power this sort of technology has especially its non disruptive nature Biggest take away for me on day 3 was Business By Design BBD though At a round table with SAP Go To Market SVP Markus Schwarz and Eric Luengen we were given a demo of BBD version 2 5 the latest version of the on demand SME solution It was the first time I had seen BBD in the flesh and I have to admit that I liked UI look and feel I know that the UI is not everyone s cup of tea Customers should basically be able to re configure simple things in their system themselves whilst more complex changes or additions extensions would be developed by an SDK to be released later this year The SDK will be based as mentioned before by Anne Petteroe on the Microsft Visual Studio and C Dennis Howlett mentions some concerns around the possibility of SAP outsourcing the BBD infrastructure to third parties Once SAP s BBD team has found a good way how enhancements and plugins developed with this SDK can be marketed there could be a big potential for a new or enlarged partner ecosystem Let s also hope SAP s marketing efforts are strong enough to get all of this off the ground as Dennis points out he knows more about SME SaaS than me On the whole it was a good and down to earth SAPPHIRE for me I was expecting more fluffy hot air type of stuff but actually walked away with more hands on info than I thought This is also down to the great work of Mark Finnern Craig Cmehil Oliver Kohl and also the SAP Global Communications

    Original URL path: http://www.pixelbase.co.uk/?p=895 (2016-02-11)
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  • » day 2 at SAPPHIRE
    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 This entry was posted in SAPPHIRE Bookmark the permalink Comments are 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

    Original URL path: http://www.pixelbase.co.uk/?p=892 (2016-02-11)
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  • » day 1 at SAPPHIRE
    SAP s technical conference later this year Keynotes SAP is trying to walk the talk and tried out a new approach to the way how Sapphire is run This year s conference is held in parallel in Orlando FL and Frankfurt Germany Keynotes were presented in both locations and via real time multicast emphasising the on demand immediate and real time message Overall both keynotes by Sir Richard Branson and former US Vice President Al Gore lived up to expectation albeit a strange interview format with Branson Panel Discussion with Jim Hagemann Snabe On Tuesday morning a CIO panel discussing customer demand in a changing business environment was asked questions by SAP Mentors note I m part of the SAP Mentor group regarding outlook and commitment on Agile project methodologies Wolfgang Gaertner CIO of Deutsche Bank couldn t see any reasons why agile methodologies shouldn t be adopted where it makes sense and is safe Co CEO Jim Snabe emphasised once again SAP s commitment to make Agile part of SAP s lifeblood Another interesting question was asked by SAP Mentor Richard Hirsch with regards to the role of SIs and SAP Partners in an on demand software model Snabe s view is that SAP s job is to create and maintain a stable core platform with various business processes leaving the differentiation to the partners I can imagine that this would mean quite a game changer for SAP partners and potentially a lot less project work During the same session Snabe also emphasised a hybrid model of on premise and on demand software for many years to come According to Snabe On premise is going to become more shrink wrapped which was most likely a hint towards more Best Practices All in all a good start to Sapphire and

    Original URL path: http://www.pixelbase.co.uk/?p=882 (2016-02-11)
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  • » SAP Development: having the guts to be great
    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 This entry was posted in ABAP Blogosphere TechEd Bookmark the permalink Comments are 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

    Original URL path: http://www.pixelbase.co.uk/?p=1419 (2016-02-11)
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