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  • code in anger Posted on September 1 2011 by Michael Koch An interesting conversation was sparked off by this tweet today My response to this was if you work in a department that has time to revisit code then somethings wrong too I rarely get that opportunity To round it all off here was Ethan Jewett s response Disagree Something is very very right in that case Question is why it never happens in SAP space Within Enterprise Software one important thing to keep in mind is the purpose of the project you re working on A lot of my work focusses on Enhancements and Exits in standard SAP modules another sizeable chunk is in bespoke SAP developments Whilst the latter tend to be rightfully graced with more design thinking Enhancements and Exits are very often one shots A functional consultant and or myself perform analysis and risk impact implement the enhancement exit develop the business logic and test it Once the work is done and does the job as intended everyone is happy Bigger fish to fry Now some time down the line the code for this enhancement might become dated This can happen if syntax tooling or standards have improved But unless there is a pressing business reason to change the coding everything is kept as it is More than often there are good reasons for this Additional development overhead new developments upgrades and the ever popular regression testing are only a few things that spring to my mind A keen developer might look back at his code in anger but let s not forget that code stability is also important in business What if your code might be up to scratch with the latest release but fails to create the invoices it is intended to do Does it mean that ABAP development leads should not even for smaller enhancements preach things such as OO thinking reusability peer reviews and unit testing Far from it In times of shrinking budgets and shorter implementation times it is even more important to apply more design thinking improve your dev teams skills base and promote better team communication because that s what it often boils down to Posted in ABAP 1 Comment on blogging Posted on August 19 2011 by Michael Koch There s an interesting blog post by Hugh McLeod aka Gapingvoid announcing that henceforth he will stop using Twitter and Facebook His explanations about taking a stand see in the comments got me thinking Twitter Facebook and even Blogging have become a very crowded space I get what Hugh says about reclaiming blogging it remains an area where you can put your own stamp on something on your own site To a large degree that s why I always blogged very little on SDN Having said that even attempts to create something new can easily be copied and claimed by the pros like TWIS It was a commented link list and I didn t find very satisfying over time

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  • » interesting conversation on SAP Outsourcing
    for money Nowadays outsourcing of SAP resources has become commonplace Standards and SLAs have improved the overall service provided However I have yet to speak to a client who wholeheartedly loves it Most of them do it driven by cost pressures not conviction or deep belief in its merits As mentioned in my comments I compare it to the big mains gas or water utilities that bring in expertise to deliver a service to your street or door Skilled in house teams or freelance resources then get it into your home It s not what outsourcers will tell you but it s what my experience has shown me I m looking forward to the next instalments This entry was posted in Blogosphere 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 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

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  • » HANA and Watson – the elevator pitch
    space Key message of the day was the announcement of the roadmap for new In Memory Computing applications I will post a separate item on the event for now I d like to mention something else I have also posted a separate article on this here This entry was posted in Blogosphere 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 2009 January 2009 December

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  • » Customisations – an ERP for you and you and you
    conducted amongst 185 customers who have implemented ERP it appears that customisations are back on the block While 2009 28 3 of implementations were free of any customisations 2010 only 15 left their ERP system in its original condition I think the following additional findings of the report need to be taken into account here shorter implementation cycles if less time is consumed to implement the system the more can be spent on customisations more implementations with a business case those customers who do their homework are obviously also more clued up when it comes to requirements for their customisations It also has to be pointed out that for example the tooling used for SAP ERP customisation have become more reliable more flexible yet have also become safer and standard conform However it has to be emphasised that the calibre of consultants performing the customisations is paramount A future without customisations When looking at the survey results from a Software as a Service SaaS angle there is obviously another interesting aspect Software vendors like SAP emphasise the fact that its Business ByDesign suite is not customisable at the core and thus provides more stability and rapid innovation It s important to note that ByDesign is an offering for small and medium sized enterprises Plus smaller customisations and add ons can be developed for ByDesign using a SDK Software Development Kit but it still remains to be seen whether that is enough for customers in this category Do the survey results show that customers want their system again Don t IT Departments fetch the development toolkits again in order to give their ERP system an IT driven competitive advantage No matter how customisable and flexible ERP systems of the future will be As little as possible as much as required will

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  • » Blogosphere
    Sikka Amit Bendov s good TechEd Prep post A solid run down of how to prepare and make TechEd work for you great TechEd closing comments by Jon Reed I was expecting SAP to serve up something technically meaty SAP did that though not in nearly as much detail as many in attendance would have liked and The questioning of NetWeaver has in turn created customer confusion and undermined confidence in SAP s technical direction I couldn t agree more here To lament ongoing discussions over stack wars for example whilst creating uncertainty has been a weakness Jon also sets the expectations for a SAPPHIRE 2011 if SAP can bring a 4 6C customer onstage that can show off how they were able to move more products or save piles of cash based on their ability to build off of older R 3 using Gateway or HANA that will be a big moment Dennis Howlett chimes in with his summary wrap of TechEd 2010 Nuff said fellow mentor Thorsten Franz with interesting observations on announcements around WebDynpro Java and some insightful feedback on Innovation Weekend John Appleby comments on the state of the technolgy platform that 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 Hommage to the Certification 5 Posted on April 20 2010 by Michael Koch Can we meet again next week same time How does that suit everybody else A simple question however finding the answer is a little bit more tricky because the meeting participants live in 5 different countries 4 different time zones and on 2 continents Those involved are SAP Mentors Dennis Howlett Jon Reed Leonardo de Araujo Martin Gillet and myself Michael Koch Meeting venue is the world wide web Skype conference calls to be precise So what have we been up to then Over the last 9 months we ve been fighting time zones meeting calendars and busy social diaries for one thing SAP Certification well collaborating to manifest our view on it make a critical statement and suggest what can be improved If that s not true passion for SAP then I don t know what is We ve created a SAP White Paper document that s evolved over time had several reviews and feedback including SAP s So why should you pay attention to our White Paper Because I think it is an important stake that is being firmly placed in the ground by a group of five committed individuals Moreover we approach SAP Certification Land from different angles There is Dennis Howlett an experienced industry blogger and consultant on social computing projects Jon

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  • » SAP ByDesign SDK – A River runs through it
    is good Partners are better At the TechEd 2010 Press Conference I asked the SAP panel whether or not a larger community was approached to help the BYD SDK to gain momentum I thought the fact that BYD SDK is based on C and uses MS Visual Studio as its development environment would be a perfect shoe in for a large part of Microsoft s C community Back then the gist of the answer from SAP was that a more exclusive partner programme is the preferred way forward Such a programme will also come with an entrance barrier attached to it basically a monetary entrance ticket to the world of BYD add on development While such a partner price tag is not unheard of in the enterprise application space it is clear that a higher fee will be hard to swallow for small flexible software outlets and freelancers Moreover a move such as this would be even more surprising given the fact that SAP has been harping on about Innovation since SAPPHIRE NOW 2010 A final decision on entrance barriers for the solution partner programme has officially still not been made In addition it appears that SAP is banking on consulting partners from the tried and tested On Premise world A lot of noise was made at the recent SAP Influencer Summit about the fact that Accenture will become a BYD solution partner Question here is whether this will really be the kind of inspired breakthrough in the consulting business that customers want to see more agile approaches shorter implementation virtual consulting less consulting overhead or if it s just a sign that the real aim is to deliver the same old same old at equally high rates A major point here will be the flexibility that bigger consulting players have got to offer Or as a spectator in the SAP space commented in a conversation with me If you can t play you can t innovate BYD UI question needs to be solved mid term SAP could also have problems on its hands with regards to the Silverlight UI that was chosen for BYD Microsoft recently shifted Silverlight s focus to the Windows Mobile world which will have implications in the mid term for SAP s UI strategy for BYD My take is that BYD s external APIs could play a significant role for smaller consultancies that snub a potentially pricey partner programme and innovate on the fringes of BYD 2011 Outlook In 2011 SAP has to deliver a lot on its various promises HANA mobile BYD River to mention a few With a new conference concept 2 SAPPHIRE NOWs May 2011 in Orlando then November 2011 in Madrid for a combined SAPPHIRE TechEd the Walldorf concern certainly doesn t shy away from the limelight We are in for an exciting twelve months ahead This entry was posted in ByDesign Bookmark the permalink 2 thoughts on SAP ByDesign SDK A River runs through it Permalink Tweets that mention Pixelbase

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  • » ByDesign? ByCommunity!
    to help clients move towards implementing best practices and processes I ve argued many times that practitioners have these skills they just don t necessarily know it Now is the time to think this through and think about how and where you ll start assembling teams The likelihood is you ll need to look outside your own walls Greenbaum diverts the saas interested audience to another topic which especially in SAP BYD Land is going to hot up even further over the coming months BYD enhancements and tooling The good news for SAP is that ByD will have an xRM like development environment by year s end one that can theoretically tap into a richer palate of processes via ByD than xRM can via Dynamics CRM Expect long queues when SAP s BYD SDK ByDesign Studio now renamed from Copernicus will be available for 4 hour hands on sessions at this year s TechEd What we know so far is that ByDesign Studio will be based on Microsoft s Visual Studio C and potentially SQL Server Despite some noises from the developer community I think this was a good choice as SAP is able to tap into a pool of millions of developers who can innovate and extend BYD to their heart s content in a partner layer It can be expected that these ByDesign Studio based add ons will use web services to access the ABAP OO based BYD cloud system and leverage BYD s Silverlight UI Skyytek s Ray Tetlow believes that only larger custom developments like for example a call center extension are best use cases for partner solutions Smaller extensions like custom fields or table enhancements can be customised by implementation teams and with little effort But where are solution partners going to market their extensions and add ons in order to tap into the long tail A go to market strategy for this still remains to be seen and answers will hopefully be provided during this year s TechEd Excitement for ByDesign Studio could be significantly hampered if SAP misses out to provide clarity on this when presenting ByDesign Studio This is especially important with regards to pricing if SAP is planning to take a cut in a BYD App Store Moreover it will be important for SAP to mobilise beyond the existing developer and BPX community it has today of which a large part has little or no C skills You might think that SAP ERP core skills are not that relevant anymore in this new field and you would probably be right However if ByDesign Studio really leverages web services then everyone who has used SAP web services before is in an advantageous position In the long run it can be expected that these skills will become commoditised but for the next 3 5 years SAP is going to have to engage not only with their existing community but also reach out even further to those Microsoft developers it will eventually need Given

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  • » Berlin – what a difference 2 years can make
    and attempts to showcase innovation I m very much looking forward to the Certification 5 networking lounge session this Wednesday from 13 30 14 00 during which we want to take the opportunity to show what dedication and passion can achieve Martin Gillet and I will give a brief run down of our story so far talk about the interim results of our ongoing survey and also update the community on our ongoing fruitful dialogue with SAP Fellow C5 er Jon Reed has posted a magnificent summary post about all things C5 at Teched Another focus of mine will be the much awaited Business ByDesign Partner SDK SAP is entering new territory here and community interaction is key see also my previous post with regards to this I can t wait to be one of the first to run the SDK through its paces during the hands on workshop There s nothing more to say really than see you all in Berlin tomorrow This entry was posted in TechEd Bookmark the permalink 2 thoughts on Berlin what a difference 2 years can make Permalink Tweets that mention Pixelbase Berlin what a difference 2 years can make Topsy com October 10 2010 at 9 33pm This post was mentioned on Twitter by Michael Koch Jon Reed Jon Reed said news Berlin what a difference 2 years can make http dlvr it 6s5bz via jonerp Permalink Ryan Lowdermilk October 14 2010 at 3 12pm Michael I will be very interested in hearing your thoughts comments regarding the ByD SDK Travel safely 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

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