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  • » TechEd Berlin 2008 roundup
    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 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

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  • » SAP Mentor !
    they are ONE important facet of a complex ecosystem Looking ahead I hope that SAP Mentorship will enable me to contribute to an even larger audience with a stronger voice I also hope that my contributions will help new and aspiring SAP consultants by giving them down to earth advice Thank You for appointing me This entry was posted in Blogosphere Bookmark the permalink 8 thoughts on SAP Mentor Permalink ewH March 6 2009 at 2 31am Congrats Michael Permalink Thomas Otter March 6 2009 at 8 01am Well done Michael Excellent news and by all accounts well deserved Permalink Darren Hague March 6 2009 at 9 39am Michael This is long overdue recognition richly deserved Keep up the commentary Cheers Darren Permalink Klaus March 6 2009 at 9 42am Congrats you deserved it Permalink Florian March 6 2009 at 5 38pm Hi well guess I am using that great award to write you finally here as you really seem to use xing more or less not at all Big congratulations for that recognition hope keeps on motivating you Flo we met teched this year PS you tried IT Crowd Permalink Michael Koch March 6 2009 at 7 57pm Guys Thanks to all of you for your kind words I shall try my best M Permalink Srini Tanikella March 7 2009 at 7 06pm Thanks Michael Congratulations to you too Look forward to seeing you at the SAP events Regards Srini Permalink Pixelbase Berlin what a difference two years can make October 10 2010 at 8 39pm did I know that 2 years later I would return to the same place as a fully fledged SAP Mentor talking about the Certification 5 keen to learn more about BusinessByDesign SDK In Memory Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email will not

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  • » what is wrong with SAP TechEd Demo Jam 2009?
    cheers for them That s the spirit and I hope SAP is going to keep it Cheers Thorsten Permalink Graham Robbo October 4 2009 at 4 52am I can t help but agree with all these comments Even if the motives of the DJ selection committee are pure it is hard to understand how they couldn t foresee this adverse response and mitigate against it Cheers Graham Robbo Permalink Jon Reed October 4 2009 at 5 43am Agreed Graham I ve been on judging panels before and it s never easy to make those calls It s important to realize as you said that the intentions may be good on all sides but the result is something you have to anticipate and think about and knowing all the buzz around submittals this year you can see the issue coming I like what Thorsten said too about the spirit of the underdog being so important to a competition like this so you want to make sure that this vibe is protected Well hopefully positive things will come out of this Permalink Amit Bendov October 4 2009 at 7 04am I agree with you Michael I d also add to some 20 of TechEd attendees are SAP employees by far more Clapometer Decibel potential than any other contestants For disclosure my team came in 2nd last year in Vegas DJ so nothing to complain about personally but I agree with you that this isn t the best policy to cultivate community innovation Amit Permalink InTheKnow October 4 2009 at 11 55am Such is life in the post Shai era The more appropriate vehicle for SAP internal innovations is an innovation station at TechEd which could show off the work of SAP Research SAP Imagineering SAP Inspire SAP Global Business Incubator and other work throughout the company Or even better include some of the most cool SAP demos but they need to be off the charts cool as part of Demo Jam but not as part of the competition just as teasers to get the crowd excited TechEd Demo Jam should focus on external innovations from partners and customers Permalink ewH October 4 2009 at 1 34pm I have known some of the individuals from past SAP demo jam entries These demos are from individuals or small teams coming up with cool innovations on their own and not part of a company sponsored roadmap product As I understand it the selection committee did not have access to the names or companies of the entrants I don t believe this to be part of any hype machine or underhanded way of slipping in a sales pitch it s about seeing the best demos and cool innovations up on stage regardless of the company Cheers ewH Permalink Yariv Zur October 4 2009 at 1 43pm Disclosure SAP Employee And as usual my opinions reflect my own and not SAP s That being said I have seen several demo jam submissions made by SAP employees All of them have been done as spare time projects and not part of your standard portfolio process These are usually individuals with innovation burning inside and not your global marketing machine leveraging another channel At least that s my personal experience Permalink Thomas Jung October 4 2009 at 1 47pm I m a little torn on the subject of SAP demos in Demo Jam Full discloser I work for SAP and have presented in Demo Jam myself as an SAP employee I think that demos from SAP that have been innovations done by small groups under the radar can be a good thing These can be projects that would have gone unnoticed otherwise I think about the ABAP Editor demo jam winner from a few years ago The crowd reaction really helped to show that there was tremendous support of additional investment in the ABAP environment Would we have a very active ABAP in Eclipse project today if it weren t for this original demo jam winner I don t know Keep in mind that this project also started very much in the spirit of Demo Jam people working in their personal time on a project they cared deeply about They just happened to be SAP employees On the other hand I would hate to see Demo Jam become just another outlet for the marketing opportunities SAP Partner or Customer That will surely lead to the death of Demo Jam Lets face it people are tired by that time of the day Most attendees have been exposed to about 10 000 PowerPoint slides by that point of the conference They choose to stick around the convention center rather than getting a good meal or resting because they want to see something special something they won t see anywhere else during TechEd Permalink Gregor Wolf October 4 2009 at 4 21pm Hope that ewH is right and the DJ selection committee made it s decision only by seeing the Demo s I was selected for DemoJam in Vienna this year with my Web Application Testing with Selenium for ABAP Demo http tinyurl com seleniumABAP Unfortunately the List of the Demo Jam Competitors in Vienna isn t yet online http www sapteched com emea activities demojam htm I can say from a invitation mail that I got that there will be at least 3 external companies competing in the Demo Jam Vienna Let the crowd decide Best regards Gregor Permalink Michael Koch October 4 2009 at 6 41pm Hi Thomas Thanks for sharing your views with us I ve only just spotted your comment in the spam checker Not to take personally As I ve tried to point out in several comments now I don t think there s a problem with SAP employees taking part but not 4 out of 7 and not without keeping in mind that SAP employees have a tremendous advantage when building their entries over SAP Outsiders You have access to the actual developers of the very

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  • » Demo Jam
    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 mentioned a pickup in business of 500 after Demo Jam victory There have always been home grown SAP contributions to Demo Jam in the past but this year s SAP landslide is a bit much There should be no deterrent for SAP s own staff to take center stage but 4 out of 7 entries appears too much to me Doesn t Demo Jam not just become yet another pat on the shoulder exercise if there s more or less only SAP or partners presenting their own products

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  • » TechEd 2009
    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 mentioned a pickup in business of 500 after Demo Jam victory There have always been home grown SAP contributions to Demo Jam in the past but this year s SAP landslide is a bit much There should be no deterrent for SAP s own staff to take center stage but 4 out of 7 entries appears too much to me Doesn t Demo Jam not just become yet another pat on the shoulder exercise if there s more or less only SAP or partners presenting their own products

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  • » Looking back at your ABAP code in anger ?
    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 This entry was posted in ABAP Bookmark the permalink One thought on Looking back at your ABAP code in anger Permalink Martin English September 2 2011 at 2 16am 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 I think you need to view this from a higher level Not so much teaching developers how to use OO principals for an enhancement but reminding them of more basic principals such as a Fully investigating configuration options before starting to code b There are better ways to perform enhancements than direct modification of standard code b OO is not appropriate for ALL design problems 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

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  • » SAP from the Apple tree
    to comment Permalink Michael Koch April 9 2010 at 10 39am Hi Jan I think the basic difference of what you re describing here is the fact that SAP s software is for access to a server or central instance allowing this via defined APIs which have mostly ABAP under the bonnet In contrast iPhone is a mobile end user client device Also don t forget that there are still the web apps that can be developed in net for example for iPhone s Safari But you can t get away from the fact that both companies use proprietary languages or dev platforms to achieve stability reliability and maximum performance And that s not a bad thing Permalink Darren Hague April 9 2010 at 10 48am One word Java SAP gives you a vendor supported open standard write once run anywhere option for development Apple not so much Permalink Michael Koch April 9 2010 at 11 08am Darren My point was more general about the strengths of a proprietary language in SAP s and Apple s case And If you invest into the development of a hardware platform do you want to see it becoming unstable by 3rd party APIs and pre compilers that generate code you can t control I wouldn t If I would develop something like this for ABAP then the first thing I need to do is become a SAP partner which costs a tidy sum if SAP would let me become a partner for that reason in the first place Openness Permalink Mrinal Wadhwa April 9 2010 at 11 42am Michael Platforms are based on the premise that third partys will build on it X platform exposes an Interface an API they control and then third partys talk to the platform via the api a cross compiled app or a hand coded app both talk via the same interface both can be just same amount unstable Compilers are just translators Also what Apple is doing can get pretty nasty very quick so Apple says if you want to build for our platform use C C or Objective C microsoft says C C C that s the two main platforms what happens to all the other programming languages in the world dead that includes ABAP JAVA Python and all of these http en wikipedia org wiki List of programming languages dead since all of them translate to in the best case machine assembly who s platform is that Intel s you see Mrinal Permalink VJ April 9 2010 at 1 51pm I think Apple is way too popular in the market to get hit by this policy From an end user perspective I don t care about the technology and as long as I am willing to spend money on Apple developers will have an incentive in writing code that sells even if they have to do it in COBOL again Permalink Ethan Jewett April 11 2010 at 4 00pm Mrinal Wadhwa My reading of the

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  • » an ABAPer’s journey to Netweaver CE (#2)
    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

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