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  • » Business ByDesign update and SDK
    hiccups such as login popups to renew sessions but in conclusion the SDK worked well and seemed stable At the end of the hands on workshop questions were asked around numbering ranges and localizations and the answer was that features such as this are not available for add ons yet but are being looked at One disappointment was the skin that was used to display BYD screens during TechEd SAP chose a tradeshow like design in Silverlight that basically gave BYD a very SAP like look and feel In my view this is a wasted opportunity to create something new and fresh I remember that during SAPPHIRE a different fresher skin was used to show off the product Why such a boring skin was chosen is hard to understand especially if one keeps in mind that Silverlight is used as the UI weapon of choice here Summary In summary my first impression of the SDK was slightly positive The product seemed stable and ready The choice of scripting languages BODL and a reduced C dialect seems odd and might turn out to be a bad call in terms of community engagement a key ingredient when trying to create an online app store like experience for BYD Main reasoning here seems to be cloud app security and that s fine However I m convinced SAP will pull something smarter out of its hat in the future Whether it will hem add on developer uptake remains to be seen I also heard that SAP in the future plans to offer trial like versions of BYD SDK for non partners which would be an important and welcoming move Let s watch this space SAP has got to decide if and how to engage with a larger community I hope it chooses a route where developers are involved and entry barriers are low so the BYD app store can show a larger number of innovative add ons at a reasonable price I m looking forward to the presentation of a BYD app store later this year and can t wait to see the first add ons doing some BYD magic This entry was posted in ByDesign TechEd Bookmark the permalink 14 thoughts on Business ByDesign update and SDK Permalink Tweets that mention Pixelbase Business ByDesign update and SDK Topsy com October 15 2010 at 5 42pm This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jon Reed and Michael Koch Jon Reed Jon Reed said news Business ByDesign update and SDK http dlvr it 74QS5 via jonerp Permalink Fred Verheul October 15 2010 at 7 07pm Hi Michael I was there as well i e in the hands on session and heard from a fellow attendee that to his experience SMB s with in house IT could learn this scripting language s in a couple of weeks So the need for partners developing add ons remains to be seen The opportunity might not be as big as partners would like it to be This in contrast to the big enterprise world where the need for specialized partners is clearly established Just a complimentary thought Cheers Fred Permalink Michael October 15 2010 at 7 26pm Hi Fred Excellent point you are raising Yes I agree that the scripting language should be easy to learn Upcoming documentation will reveal more here but there shouldn t be too much of a learning curve But like with ABAP which has a bigger learning curve agreed the REAL art lies in knowing the business objects and functionality This might be the decisive area Also some SMBs I ve worked for around 200 employees has a multi skilled IT team where 1 team member looks after several areas SAP Notes network admin I can t see smaller companies getting their hands dirty themselves Maybe for a little fast ordering screen like the one we created in the workshop but not a larger solution like travel expenses or a wine yard add on These solutions would be provided by externals I m not saying partners here on purpose Kind regards M Permalink Holger October 16 2010 at 1 48pm Hi there you might be interested in the following PSN German Speaking https www xing com net cloudsters English Speaking http www linkedin com groups mostPopular gid 836457 We offer training and demo capability for SAP ByD as a none for profit organzation BRgds Holger Permalink Michael Koch October 16 2010 at 1 58pm Hi Holger Thanks for the link Yes I m already in contact with Damian M Permalink SAP TechEd the wrap ZDNet October 22 2010 at 3 50pm a hands on developer session designed to demonstrate BYD s customisation capabilities Michael Koch provides the SAP developer perspective from his attendance at the TechEd Berlin event My take is that SAP developers with a knowledge of Permalink Faycal Chraibi October 25 2010 at 10 21am Hi Michael Nice overview there I was interested in the hands on and usability tests unfortunately it conflicted with other sessions This looks promising Although from an SAP perspective it might be surprising to opt for a derivative of C my previous experience has shown that this is the preferred language for SMEs There is a widespread range of skillset that should allow them to build and maintain their apps Now it would be interesting to see how this works Entrance model for the partners What about customers Will they be allowed in Sales channel for the apps Will there be a store where customers could find potentially interesting apps for them Ability to integrate ByD with other cloud services by leveraging APIs Will there be an API for Business By Design After a few ups and downs ByD seems to be on a pretty good shape and I have the feeling that there will be some interesting developments to come in the near future Permalink Michael Koch October 25 2010 at 9 13pm Hi Faycal Re customers and allowing them in Given the size of BYD

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  • » ByDesign
    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 the groups have a distinct advantage which is slightly disappointing All in all I have to admit that the concept of a generated ABAP code base is understandable due to stability considerations However I think that SAP misses a trick here by offering 2 new scripting languages that do not really fit into any camp Maybe a Javascript based framework would have been better as it is wider adopted and known I am convinced though that we have not seen the end of the line here yet SAP is slowly feeling its way into the unknown caverns of SaaS and cloud land I am sure we will see smarter solutions here in the future Overall impressions stability and skins Generally my observations were that BYD Studio worked reasonably well BYD Studio is part of feature pack FP 2 6 Since this release is still under development the hands on students had to cope with a few hiccups such as login popups to renew sessions but in conclusion the SDK worked well and seemed stable At the end of the hands on workshop questions were asked around numbering ranges and localizations and the answer was that features such as this are not available for add ons yet but are being looked at One disappointment was the skin that was used to display BYD screens during TechEd SAP chose a tradeshow like design in Silverlight that basically gave BYD a very SAP like look and feel In my view this is a wasted opportunity to create something new and fresh I remember that during SAPPHIRE a different fresher skin was used to show off the product Why such a boring skin was chosen is hard to understand especially if one keeps in mind that Silverlight is used as the UI weapon of choice here Summary In summary my first impression of the SDK was slightly positive The product seemed stable and ready The choice of scripting languages BODL and a reduced C dialect seems odd and might turn out to be a bad call in terms of community engagement a key ingredient when trying to create an online app store like experience for BYD Main reasoning here seems to be cloud app security and that s fine However I m convinced SAP will pull something smarter out of its hat in the future Whether it will hem add on developer uptake remains to be seen I also heard that SAP in the future plans to offer trial like versions of BYD SDK for non partners which would be an important and welcoming move Let s watch this space SAP has got to decide if and how to engage with a larger community I hope it chooses a route where developers are involved and entry barriers are low so the BYD app store can show a larger number of innovative add ons at a reasonable price I m looking forward to the presentation of a BYD app store later this year and can t wait to see the first add ons doing some BYD magic Posted in ByDesign TechEd 14 Comments ByDesign ByCommunity Posted on July 23 2010 by Michael Koch It s been

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  • » TechEd
    October 3 2009 by Michael Koch Let me start off with a little made up story Imagine for a moment you are a car mechanic You know your stuff and so do your colleagues at the garage where you work Said garage specializes in selling repairing checking and tuning cars manufactured by company XXL All the staff at the garage love XXL cars and you all strive to pass that passion on to your customers Now XXL is very keen to keep all garage mechanics up to speed with their latest cars products and developments It therefore holds a big training session every year for them Part of this training session is an open competition in which teams can show how far they can take XXL s cars in terms of design performance and appeal You and your colleagues really want to show what you re made of and together you submit what you think is a great idea for the competition However it doesn t convince the preliminary jury and a few weeks after submission you re being told that you have not been picked for the final at XXL s next annual training session Never mind everyone at the garage says Everyone suspects the other entries to be strong with brilliant ideas from other teams After all XXL products are great and spur the imagination So why shouldn t other teams come up with even better entries for the competition Shortly before the annual training session XXL announces the teams that have been picked for the competition final It turns out that the majority of finalists actually consist of XXL staff You and your colleagues are a little disgruntled about this as XXL staff has not only much better access to original XXL spare parts but can also speak exclusively to XXL s engineers and therefore can quickly tap into a resource pool that is at the core of each of XXL s products Completely unmatched to what you and your colleagues have at your disposal Packed Demo Jam crowd at SAP TechEd 07 Las Vegas In case you ve seen the line up of the next SAP TechEd 2009 Demo Jam competition the above may sound familiar to you In Phoenix this year SAP s Demo Jam hosts 4 out of 7 entries from SAP themselves Furthermore your trained eye might also have observed that another Demo Jam entry is from Sybase presenting an entry called Mobilizing SAP CRM and Workflow on iPhone which sounds very much like what said company advertises under the name iAnywhere Whilst this surely is a great product sales pitches are not allowed during Demo Jam and therefore this is an obvious violation against Demo Jam rules Hang on Now isn t Demo Jam not just a little bit of beer inspired Tuesday night clapping fun Does this all REALLY matter Am I blowing this out of proportion Unfortunately not Demo Jam can mean big business to some A past winner even

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  • » ABAP Development for SD in SAP: Exits, BAdIs and Enhancements
    shrouded in I picked scenarios and example projects of varying degrees of difficulty which are based on my own experiences in the field such as Validating sales order data Capturing and saving additional fields in sales order processing Creating CRM activities after SD order billing Filtering pricing data within a web service Using custom fields in SD pricing Setting a delivery block on header level Keeping track of delivery KPIs Enhance the outbound delivery monitor Invoice splitting using VOFM Changing reference number and number range in billing In an initial chapter readers are also introduced to practical relevant aspects of user exits customer exits enhancements and BAdIs This should give them a good foundation for future enhancement projects Starting with the end Writing the book was very challenging as every chapter more or less had to be re engineered starting with the end in mind Once I knew what I wanted to bring across I had to reverse engineer a little project in which Christine and Sean played their parts This was usually the most interesting but also the hardest part Once the plot was ready everything else seemed to slot into place Another thing I noted was that I very much enjoy writing My experience as a SAP blogger came in very handy here I am particularly proud of the introductory and outlook chapters of the book where I am trying to deliver a perspective for consultants and developers providing an informative view that goes further An Enhancement Dilemma A first ABAP Development for SD in SAP is also the first SAP Press publication that uses a cartoon illustration A good friend of mine Stuart Trotter of Rockpool Children s Books produced a great illustration which emphasised my introductory message I still can t believe my luck in knowing someone like Stuart who s work further enhanced my book Working with him and spanning the disciplines added yet another interesting facet to my project Acknowledgements Lastly I would like to thank the SAP Mentor initiative especially its wolf pack leader Mark Finnern who helped me enormously at an early stage to connect dots and people Martin Lang Matthias Steiner and Thomas Jung also helped me significantly in the early stages when I needed system access for enhancement coding SAP Press very own Kelly Harris and Laura Korslund helped me throughout the project needless to say that without them none of this could have been achieved I would also like to thank friends and colleagues Peter Richardson Zoe Gill Arpit Oberoi Ben McGrail Stefan Karaivanov Thomas Otter and Nick Watkins for their feedback advice criticism and ideas which were essential for the completion of the book Special thanks go to Cath Laursen and Arran McMillan for their assistance with questions around SAP CRM Most importantly my family provided me with plenty of support and help during the 8 months of writing Thank You to you all A Discount Code Use discount code UO2JL8WB1 now and receive 10 off the purchase

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  • » ein Buch, un livre, a book !
    will introduce enhancement methods to you and compare them so you understand the pros and cons With this book I am hoping to give consultants a better understanding of the enhancement process how to find enhancements choosing the right method implementing them properly You can pre order the book now from the SAP Press online store but I ve been assured that there will be many ways to get hold of it once it has been published There s a lot more to report especially on the process of writing Once published October 2012 I will talk more about the book and how it came about This entry was posted in ABAP ABAP for SD book Bookmark the permalink 3 thoughts on ein Buch un livre a book Permalink David Lees August 24 2012 at 2 38pm Looking forward to taking a look Michael I have no doubt it will be good Permalink martin english August 25 2012 at 1 48am Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby I know it took longer than 9 months Permalink ABAP Development for SD in SAP Exits BAdIs and Enhancements Pixelbase October 7 2012 at 9 30pm 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 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

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  • » SAP Personas – silver bullet for UI simplification?
    simplify SAP UIs Personas adds another facet here A customer trial or sandbox system would obviously be a great way to demo this to customers but the custom development route chosen does not allow this at this point in time which is a slight disappointment This simplification technology will still put a lot of admin effort on the already stacked up plate of IT departments who will have to deal with life cycling template groups training et al In addition Personas very core principle suggests that SAP customers are willing to switch to a potentially slower SAP UI technology in the browser which is likely to filter some potential customers out In my view a true simplification technology for good old SAP GUI for Windows would be a much bigger winner but currently there s no time on SAP s high speed train to Innovation Central for anything like this A mixed bag but interesting Despite being a mixed bag Personas is a move in the right direction Usage of Silverlight will prove to be the biggest drawback Important features such as messaging and lifecycling using SAP s own transport system are provided which is a plus from a development and admin perspective Whether customers are willing to switch parts of their user base to a WebUI like experience remains to be seen However I was impressed by the lightweightness of the solution from a system architectural perspective leaving the utilisation of Silverlight aside for a moment In my view an interesting product to keep an eye on I am going to take the opportunity to speak to Personas development team and customers who currently use it during my upcoming visit at SAP TechEd Las Vegas to get an even closer view at this product Watch this space Update here is a link to the public slide deck used for the Mentor webinar This entry was posted in ABAP and tagged GUI Personas Silverlight UI Bookmark the permalink 5 thoughts on SAP Personas silver bullet for UI simplification Permalink Steve Rumsby September 24 2012 at 8 13am So Silverlight eh That makes it an entirely non mobile technology well apart from Windows Phone perhaps As this is all about making simpler more friendly interfaces to SAP it seems an obvious thing to be able to make work on both mobile and non mobile platforms Or am I misunderstanding Let s hope the a move to something other that Silverlight does indeed happen and soon Permalink Michael Koch September 24 2012 at 9 09am Hi Steve For now Personas is purely regarded as desktop browser solution but Microsoft s commitment with regards to Silverlight is also waning in this sector mentioning that HTML5 covers more scenarios You are absolutely right to mention the mobile side though and it s something to look out for I guess application complexity and compatibility were seen as too high an obstacle for this first version Maybe it would be a good idea to offer the

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  • » GUI
    a certain level of personalisation easier Personalisation Transaction Variants GuiXT Screen Exits Screen Enhancement BAdIs and in more recent years the ill named Floorplan Manager FPM were one of the vast number of attempts by SAP to make the building process of friendly user interfaces simpler and easier Continue reading Posted in ABAP Tagged GUI Personas Silverlight UI 5 Comments 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

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  • » Personas
    a certain level of personalisation easier Personalisation Transaction Variants GuiXT Screen Exits Screen Enhancement BAdIs and in more recent years the ill named Floorplan Manager FPM were one of the vast number of attempts by SAP to make the building process of friendly user interfaces simpler and easier Continue reading Posted in ABAP Tagged GUI Personas Silverlight UI 5 Comments 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

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