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It's that time of year again folks! SAP TechEd && d-code is right around the corner, are you ready?


New Badge Missions!


To help you find and connect with SCN members who are planning to attend, we have a special badge just for registering with your SCN ID, it's the "I'll Be There" badge.


If another SCN member has the badge, and you’re already following each other, you can DM (direct message) each other and plan to connect before, during, or after the event. This is the perfect opportunity to meet face to face and network with the community members you appreciate on SCN!


By hovering over the badges in a user's profile, you can see which location they will be attending. If there are multiple badges, it means they are attending more than one. Once you have received it, you can also click on the badge in your profile to see who else has recently received it and perhaps you'll spot some folks that you'd like to meet when you attend.


Please note that these badges are awarded on a weekly basis, not immediately after you sign up, so you may have to wait a few days for them to appear on your profile. We'll be uploading the Las Vegas badges first, but the rest will follow shortly so make sure you input your SCN ID no matter which location you'll be attending!


Not Registered Yet?


If you haven't already registered, you can do it here! Remember to input your SCN ID when you register (this is NOT your email or username by the way, but you can find your SCN ID using this handy guide) that way you won't miss out on this year's missions and badges.


Already Registered, but Forgot to Input Your SCN ID?


So you registered and didn't input your SCN ID? No worries! You can still add it by accessing your registration account and following these simple steps:


  1. Hop on over to the registration access page.
  2. Input your confirmation number and password. Your confirmation number can be found in the email sent to you when you originally registered. If you can't find it, simply request the confirmation number again from this page!

The Access My Registration Record screen appears.

3. Select Edit your Personal Information.


4. On the Personal Information screen, scroll down past the mobile number and email address and Twitter handle input fields, until you get to the section titled “SAP Community Network (SCN) ID.”

5. Enter your SCN ID in the input field.
(This is an I-, D-, C-, S-, or P-number. Here's how to find your SCN ID.)

6. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the Continue button.


Your changes are saved, and the next time we do an upload of the “I’ll Be There” badge for your location, your badge will appear on your SCN profile Bio tab!



Someone asked me if I would write a blog about how to register for the ASUG Pre-Conference sessions at SAP TechEd && d-code this week after I was able to walk them through the process.  This is if you have an existing TechEd reservation.


Note this is for Monday, October 20th, at SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas only.


Here are the steps:


1. Navigate to the home page at http://sapdcode.com/2014/usa/home.htm


2.  Select Agenda & Activities>Preconference Programs



3. Select "Add seminar to my current registration" (below right green box):



4. Locate your confirmation code.  It should be contained in your registration e-mail from sapd-code at events dot com - see below.



5. Return to the registration site and enter your confirmation code and password



6. Select the hyper link Edit your "Additional Programs"



7. Select desired program



The rest is self-explanatory, I hope.  I think where it might not be obvious is step 6.




ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas - 2014 Blog Collection

ASUG Pre-conference Sessions

ASUG is has opened registration for pre-conferences session at SAP TechEd && d-code on Monday, October, 20th  - see Announcing ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-Conference Sessions


ASUG Pre-Conference Sessions at SAP TechEd && d-code by Joyce Butler


See Your fast track to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at the ASUG pre-conference posted by Rui Nogueira


Join SAP's John Krakowski for  ASUG Pre-Conference SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 Express Delivery to Your Business with SAP Solution Manager


Join Scott Braker for Big Data in Enterprise Information Management for Better Data Governance ASUG / SAP TechEd && d-code Pre-Conference session



Join ASUG in October

I hope you register soon or consider registering to enhance your conference experience.

This TechEd season marks the tenth anniversary of DemoJam, the ultimate geek competition! In its decade old journey, DemoJam has given the audience some of the most exciting, creative and mind blowing live demos using SAP technology. As many of you may know, DemoJam was launched as a way to showcase how SAP NetWeaver worked.


In 2005, Boris Gebhardt and Markus Frick held the winning DemoJam trophy at Boston and Vienna, for their “Cutting-Edge ABAP Editor and Debugger.” The ABAP Editor and Debugger was based on the SAP NetWeaver 2004, which automated and customized syntax coloring, bookmarking and collapsible code views to help better organize and manage even the most complex development tools. The Editor and Debugger introduced code templates, dynamic content and auto-correct options that understood what developers are coding, which helped programmers avoid syntactical errors. This Editor was more sophisticated and provided state of the art user interfaces that included split windows, customized screens to compare different sections of a program and speed development and debugging. What Gebhardt and Frick came up with in 2005, may not seem as exciting as the demos we have seen in recent years; however, it definitely was a vision into the future.


DemoJam 2011 introduced Marek Kowalkiewicz’s winning demo, InnoBoard. When I saw the first sixty seconds of this demo, I thought to myself, what was so great about this demo that it won? I thought it was another application just like Skype and Face Time, but I was honestly too quick to judge. As I sat there and watched the remaining five minutes of this demo, I was surprised and amazed on how unique his demo truly was. InnoBoard transforms any whiteboard or wall into an electric whiteboard by using a smartphone and a projector. The technology enables participants to collaborate from different locations and brainstorm ideas onto the same whiteboard. For example, if I was using InnoBoard and I posted something on my whiteboard, it would start virtually appearing on other peoples’ whiteboards that were using the technology as well. InnoBoard is integrated with SAP Streamwork that allows users to save and access the results after the meeting. Kowalkiewicz’s idea may have seemed simple at first but towards the end, all that came to mind was that InnoBaord really put the “inno” in innovation.


After seeing Keytree’s demo of Store Trek, my definition of creativity had a whole new meaning. I love to shop but at times, I do become quite lazy to go to actual store but, thanks to Store Trek there is a solution for that. Using SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Platform (formerly known as SAP NetWeaver Cloud), Will Powell and Nic Doodson created Store Trek, a combination of in-person and online shopping experience. They took an entire product database from a store and put it inside SAP HANA Cloud and stored it inside of SAP HANA. To make StoreTrek a virtual reality, they used a TV, PC and Microsoft Connect to view the store’s live products, compare sizes, see offers, and peruse the market. Since the product database is stored in SAP HANA, shoppers have the option of using SAP HANA Analytics to filter the products, allowing them to shop exactly the way they want to. This winning demo gave people the insight on how it would feel to shop in a 3D store without leaving the comfort of their own home which is definitely something to look forward to in the future.



Creativity is all around us, and most importantly within us. So don’t wait much longer as DemoJam submission date is just around the corner! DemoJam is accepting demo submissions until September 10th, 2014, submit you demo NOW!



Continuing the ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code meet the speaker series (Las Vegas), please meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code speaker Karin Tillotson who is a well-known SAP Archiving expert and ASUG Volunteer.  Her session is DMM122 SAP Archiving and SAP Information Lifecycle Management.


The session abstract states:

Attend this session to hear about the SAP archiving and SAP Information Lifecycle Management. Learn how to start an archiving project, hear some archiving best practices, and find out about SAP Information Lifecycle Management.


Karin has spoken at an ASUG TechEd session before.  I located this from an ASUG BI 2009 Newsletter that one of our volunteers wrote:


"BW Archiving.  MANY attendees; this is a popular topic.  Valero bought the PBS tool.  They use ADK-based archiving (for creating the data archiving processes).  They run the archiving processes once / year. "


Karin has also spoken at ASUG Annual Conference about archiving.  A co-worker of mine, who did not know archiving, returned from attending her session and sounded very knowledgeable about the topic.  This is a true testimony of how much you will get out of this session.


I asked Karin what she hopes attendees will get out of her session and she said the following:


I want people to learn about starting a SAP archiving project, best practices and to let them know about the SAP ILM Solution.  I have been working with SAP Archiving since 1999.  I have been an ASUG volunteer since 2003 (for the Archiving and ILM SIG) as well as the BITI Influence Community Facilitator since 2009.


Learn more about Karin below from her "SCNotty" entry a few years back:



Here are some really great blogs by Karin:


Tennis Anyone?

SAP Data Archiving Changes in ERP 60 EhP 6

Why I believe in the power of ASUG Influence Councils Part 1

Blog it Forward - Karin Tillotson


On a personal level Karin has taken the time to mentor me and other ASUG volunteers on how to run successful influence councils.  I also learned more about archiving too from her.



ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas - 2014 Blog Collection

ASUG Pre-conference Sessions

ASUG is has opened registration for pre-conferences session at SAP TechEd && d-code on Monday, October, 20th  - see Announcing ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-Conference Sessions


See Your fast track to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at the ASUG pre-conference posted by Rui Nogueira


Join SAP's John Krakowski for  ASUG Pre-Conference SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 Express Delivery to Your Business with SAP Solution Manager



Join ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code

Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center

ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here





Join ASUG in October and meet Karin in person.

This is the first time that I am going to a d-Code event and I am really excited about it. The last time I went to a technical conference was the ‘Sun Tech Days’ during my second year in college and I had no idea what I was doing there. But I am sure that won’t be the case this time at d-Code.

I am looking forward to meet in person all the great folks that we meet in SCN every day.


  • The Location: Las Vegas or Berlin? Las Vegas. Flying across the continent from East Coast to West Coast is lot cheaper than flying across the Pacific and off-course no visa hassles


  • My plan:

Session ID





Getting Started with SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Getting Started with XS-Based Development


Enabling Predictive Analytics in SAP HANA Native Applications


SAP HANA Native Application Development


SQLScript – Push Code Down into SAP HANA to Achieve Maximum Performance


Developing Native SAP HANA Applications with SAP River


SAP HANA Scalability and Performance


SAP Business Warehouse 7.4, SP8 powered by SAP HANA and Road Map


SAP HANA Live and SAP BW – A Perfect Match


Extending the Reach of LSA++ Using the New SAP BW 7.40 Artifacts


Advanced Data Modeling in SAP HANA


Modeling a Logical Data Warehouse with SAP Business Warehouse on SAP HANA


World Premiere of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.4


Known Unknowns – Exploring SAP Lumira's Discovery Services


SAP Lumira – Tips, Tricks, and Community Experiences from the Real World


Using SAP Predictive Analysis with SAP Business Warehouse and SAP HANA


Deep-Dive into SAP Lumira – Desktop, to Server, Cloud, or BI Platform


SAP Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio BW Integration


Understand the SAP HANA Security Model


SAP HANA LIVE – Customizing and Consumption of Standard Information Views


SAP HANA Security – How Newell Rubbermaid Simplified Security Administration


Less Than 12 Hours for an SAP BW on SAP HANA Migration – Pepsi's Approach


A New Approach to Data Warehousing with SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA


Yeah, I know that’s a lot and nearly half of them are hands-on sessions but I am still working on an elaborate plan to fit everything in, drawing up the schedules etc.


I am looking forward to attending,

DMM270 Advanced Data Modeling in SAP HANA: When I saw the title for this session and the speaker Henrique Pinto I was automatically drawn to it. Henrique has really good insights into the working of HANA engines and he has always provided thorough explanations and solutions in the HANA forums

DEV161 SQLScript – Push Code Down into SAP HANA to Achieve Maximum Performance: I haven’t used a lot of SQL in our current development but I am interested in finding out if anything I gain from this session can be used to improve the design or performance of our artifacts

EA161 Using SAP Predictive Analysis with SAP Business Warehouse and SAP HANA

EA163 Deep-Dive into SAP Lumira – Desktop, to Server, Cloud, or BI Platform

Both these tools I have used a little and I am looking forward to knowing more about these tools. Both Ingo Hilgefort and Tammy Powlas are well known in SCN and their documents and blogs always interest people. I am sure the sessions would be great


CJ608 Getting Started with SAP HANA Cloud Platform

CJ624 Getting Started with XS-Based Development

Both these topics I have followed keenly on Open SAP courses. I have been trying really hard to get a steady footing with the basics and JavaScript. I admire both the speakers Thomas Jung and Rui Nogueira for their style of taking a presentation through, with no slack and keeping the participants attention.




  • What I am looking forward to the most: Everything! Since this is my first time I will poke my head into every available space that I am allowed into and get a feel of everything DemoJam, Hacker Night and I have signed up for the 5K too. If you see a person on all fours crawling towards the finish line, that’d be meJ. I used to do 500km cycling trips during my under-graduation years, but that was 10 years ago. Let’s see what’s left of that active guy.


  • Advice for first timers: I have none. Since this is my first time I will take all the advice that I am bestowed upon.



Looking forward to meeting you at Vegas,


Craig Cmehil

DemoJam NEEDS your help!

Posted by Craig Cmehil Aug 26, 2014

Did you know that the DemoJam this year is going to be turing 10 years old? That's right this is the 10th anniversary of the SAP DemoJam event and we wanted to see if anyone can dust off some of their photo albums and share their coolest moments with us? Have a story to share about your favorite DemoJam experience?


For me I thought I would share a moment in DemoJam history involving two great friends and a defining moment in what DemoJam was and is all about. The year was 2006 and we were in Las Vegas. It was my second year at SAP and also a defining moment for myself in terms of this particular event. Ed and Dan (fellow Enterpise Geeks) were on stage presenting the infamous SAPLink. To this day I still vividly remember the second their demo was over and the audience voted (we voted after each demo at that time) Shai Agassi stood up and started asking questions (this was unplanned and has never happened before or since) he was so in awe of the demo and what it could do that he wanted to know more! Dan and Ed did an awesome job responding. The won in the end as well!



This was also the first time just "two guys" submitted a demo in the past it had always been organizations and companies. It was not the first "ABAP" demo though :-)


Another bit of personal side history was this was also the first DemoJam (Demo Jam) back then where Shai actually threatened to pull out his 100s of Power points if the audience in the very back did not settle down and show a bit of respect. Which when we went on to Amsterdam resulted in them asking me to go on stage and be the "warm act" which later went on to taking over the hosting of the event for a few years.


DemoJam is an awesome event and one that spawns not only memories but the imagination around technology!


What is your fondest or most dominant memory of the event? When ESME went on stage? When the "shark" pulled through in the end? When we allowed Powerpoint for the first and only time?


Whats your memory? Share with us with #sapDJflashback


Please share your memories and any photos or videos you have laying around we'd love to see them!


If you have a demo of your own to submit this year then be sure to do so BEFORE Sept. 10th!

It’s All Right.  By the time 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 rolls around, we know you’ve spent a long week Workin’ For A Livin’ at SAP TechEd && d-code.  You’ve put your Heart and Soul into training, networking, and learning.  Step by step, rung by rung, you’ve been climbing Jacob’s Ladder, and in a Perfect World, you’d have a Couple Days Off.  But instead, we’re Stuck With You – and you with us – until those flights take off on Friday.


But It’s Alright.  Really. We’re happy to be Stuck With You.  Because we’re taking a trip Back In Time to The Heart of Rock and Roll -- when it was Hip To Be Square -- with Huey Lewis and the News!


The band really needs no introduction.  They’ve sold more than 20 million albums worldwide since forming 35 years ago from two rival bands in the San Francisco Bay Area.  They’ve had 19 top 10 singles on the Billboard charts.  All five albums they released between 1982 and 1991 -- Picture This (1982); Sports (1983);  Fore! (1986); Small World (1988); Hard At Play (1991) -- reached the top 30 on the Billboard 200 album chart and have been certified Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum.  And they’ve written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as The Power Of Love; Do You Believe In Love; If This Is It; Doing It All For My Baby; and I Know What I Like (in addition to the classics noted above.)




They’re Grammy winners, Academy Award nominees, and they deliver a phenomenal live performance.   Unlike a lot of the AutoTuned artists dominating the airwaves, these guys can really sing!  Just check out these clips of a few of their a capella renditions of some early rock and roll classics:


So dig into the back of your closet for your favorite eighties attire, and wear it proudly, because we’re celebrating #ThrowbackThursday at SAP TechEd && d-code.  Acid washed jeans.  Double-layered Izod shirts with popped collars.  Members Only jackets.  Rubber bracelets.  Anything neon.  Jellies. (Personally, I’m still beating myself up over getting rid of my beloved baby blue fringed cowboy boots.  Maybe I can find some on ebay, or Zappos.)  Even your favorite vintage concert tee will do.


We’ll have a VJ on hand before Huey Lewis and the News take the stage, to get you in the mood with some of your favorite old videos.  Let us know if you have any requests in the comments section.  I’ve asked the team to look into wine coolers and Tab, but we’re not sure we can get either of those in Las Vegas in 2014.  So tell us what your drink of choice was back in the day, and maybe we’ll surprise you with it!


Those of you who have been regular attendees of SAP TechEd in the past may be thinking that this approach to the celebration night is a departure for us – and you’d be right. So I’d like to share some insight into our thought process.


A few months back, we sent a follow-up survey to those of you who attended SAP TechEd Las Vegas last year.  We wanted to find out if you’re still finding the information you learned at the conference valuable, several months down the line, and if so, how you’re accessing that information.  We wanted your input about some new ideas and changes under consideration for this year’s program.  And we wanted to get a better sense of your taste in music and entertainment.  How important is the concert to you as a part of your overall SAP TechEd (&& d-code) experience?  Are there other types of activities you’d prefer instead of a concert?  And what kind of music do you want to hear?


Honestly, I was a little surprised by the results.  Only 37% said the concert was an important or very important part of your conference experience.  34% were neutral on the subject, and 28% said it was not very or not at all important to you. That being said, if we’re going to host a celebration night, the majority of you agreed you prefer a concert with an original artist as the entertainment of choice.  Your musical tastes also vary – but are definitely skewed towards Classic Rock, Pop, and Alternative (69%).


Our takeaway from the survey was that we could make some changes to the celebration night format – within certain parameters.  Keep the concert – but look beyond the “SAP TechEd-style band” of recent years.  The team brainstormed.  We checked into the availability of a variety of artists.  We narrowed down the list.  And we couldn’t decide which approach to take.  So we called on the SAP Mentors to participate in a confidential poll.  We asked them which of 3 choices they thought the SAP TechEd && d-code audience would most enjoy – and 50% picked Huey Lewis and the News and a #ThrowbackThursday celebration.

Personally, I’m excited about the choice, and I hope you are, too!


Follow Huey Lewis and the News on Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.



Continuing the ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code meet the speaker series (Las Vegas), please meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code speaker Manish Umarwardia.  His speaker profile says "Mr. Umarwadia consults at leading CPG companies. His BI experience encompasses architecture & landscape design, data acquisition, data warehousing & modeling, information delivery, data mining and performance tuning. "



His session is DMM236 Extending the Reach of LSA++ Using the New SAP BW 7.40 Artifacts


I asked him the following:


Please tell us about your session:

This session highlights an actual use case of leveraging the new modeling and data acquisition options available with SAP Business Warehouse 7.40 SP5. We briefly examine the evolution of LSA to LSA++ and then explain how using Open ODS views, operational data provisioning, and the new composite provider opens up creative ways of extending LSA++.


Please tell us about yourself:

My favorite hobby is running and actually my motto is the Latin phrase “Curro Ergo Sum” (I run therefore I am). After five marathons, I no longer run long distance, electing to “save my miles and knees” for continuing to run injury free and for a long time.


Circa 1997, a close friend working for SAP America overcame my resistance to a career in SAP with the argument that it’s a lot easier teaching SAP to folks with a solid business and process background than vice versa.


What do you hope attendees take away from your session?

I am hoping that attendees to my session walk away excited about SAP’s ongoing commitment to SAP Business Warehouse (“BW is not going away”) and new and creative ways for addressing some age-old pain points in the data warehousing area with BW 7.40.


Manish works for Tek-Link.  Tek-Link co-presented with Molex last week on a very successful and popular topic, BW Workspaces last week.  Tek-Link gave a webcast on LSA++ last year (logon required) and it was very popular


Manish has presented for ASUG before on BW topics, BusinessObjects Explorer, Analysis for OLAP and more.


ASUG Pre-conference Sessions

ASUG is has opened registration for pre-conferences session at SAP TechEd && d-code on Monday, October, 20th  - see Announcing ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-Conference Sessions


See Your fast track to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at the ASUG pre-conference posted by Rui Nogueira


Join SAP's John Krakowski for  ASUG Pre-Conference SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 Express Delivery to Your Business with SAP Solution Manager



Join ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code

Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center

ASUG SAP d-code Las Vegas sessions are now published - for a complete listing please see here



End Analysis Paralysis with the ASUG Analysis Influence Council - Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Joyce Butler

Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Charles Reeves - Implementing Enterprise Master Data Management

ASUG SAP d-code SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA Speaker - Introducing Pawel Mierski

ASUG SAP d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors

Journey to Mobile BI - Meet ASUG SAP d-code Speaker Peter Chen

Did you know?

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Kumar Chidambaram - Holistic BI BW on HANA Approach

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Heiko Zuerker - Solution Manager

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Sue Keohan - Customer Connection for Workflow

Effective SAP ERP on HANA Migration Strategy - ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Rajesh Gupta

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Girish Manmadkar - SAP HANA on VMWare Best Practices

Newell Rubbermaid Mobile Story to Improve Sales - ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Mohammed Siddiqui

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Sue Keohan - Customer Connection for Workflow

ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Profile - Martin Maguth - Top 10 Tools for Workflow Administrators

Comprehensive SAP Monitoring – Recognize Problems Before Your Users Do - Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Jon Friesen

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Dave Beldyk of DuPont - Learn about Wood Turning

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Jolene Jonas and Learn about Intel's Master Data Program

Meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Speaker Kyle Wardell - Migrating Dual Stack Systems - Jump


Join ASUG in October and meet Manish in person.

Hi all,

this year is my first time that I take part of d-code. I’m really looking forward to meet a lot people I just know from SCN right now. So for me the d-code is a win-win event. I will meet people face to face and get a lot of experience out of it to improve my skills.

This is my win big entry.

I just picked some of my sessions. So here we go…

The Location: Las Vegas or Berlin?

For me it is Berlin, Las Vegas would be cool, but I think I don't can get my boss that far he will pay for my trip there*haha*

I’m from Germany, so it does not make any sense to me to go to Las Vegas, except I would spend my holiday there to combine both (I have to talk to my wife, sounds like a plan).

Your Plan?

Right at the moment this is my plan (not finished yet). I try to clone myself to get involved in a lot more sessions. In the end I hope that I can take part at a lot of sessions, but I think I have to make myself a decision-card to spot the most important to me.

Another solution could that I find TARDIS…


Which sessions are you most excited about?

There are too much sessions to name it all here. I’m pretty interested in a lot of the new stuff, but when I have to choose (and it looks like I have to) the Hands-On workshops.

Why are you so pumped about attending them?

The Hands-On workshops are a very cool way to get in touch with new techniques and get a guided tour by experts on this topic. Here I can name the ABAP in Eclipse Workshop (DEV165).

I really looking forward and I’m very excited to get an inside in the new features and how the ABAP-eclipse user experience is influencing the product itself. As a moderator of the space and also being a hoster (and of course also an attendee) of a Codejam about this topic earlier this year I’m really connected to this workshop.

This Hands-On is also a favorite of mine, right at the moment I work through a lot content how to build UI5-Apps by my own and there is a lot good content available here in SCN (for example: SAPUI5 project setup for beginners with HTML views - Part1: Installation) already, but I think being right next to the developers, who use this stuff every day will solve a lot of little questions in a very short time and additional to that I will see new possibilities I never had thought about before. So I’m really looking forward to get afterwards a cool fiori-app.

Get more in touch with Lumira is another goal of mine. I use Lumira from time to time and at the moment I do my first steps with a database connection and real data. There are so much new possibilities and with a good update-rhythm a lot of new features are implemented. Now I want to get new ways of thinking what to do with such a powerful tool. I like the tool, the handling and how easy it is to use. Now I want to infect other with it, so it might be useful to me to get more arguments why Lumira is great.

And last but not least I’m looking forward to another app-builder. As mentioned in the beginning my time is limited and that’s not just at the d-code itself is normal. I did not find any time right now to have a deeper look at Kapsel and so I hope to get a good guiding and get my hands on Kapsel. That’s why I do not just want to attend the hands-on workshop and additional to that (of course before) take the lecture MOB101 as shown below in the screen.

What you're looking forward to the most: DemoJam? Hacker Night?

I’m very excited about the Hacker’s Night, absolutely for sure!

The  hacker night events are in my opinion a very cool way to get in touch with other developers and shift the knowledge of each involved person. Discuss stuff, have fun, make new friends and again, have fun. I’m really looking forward to be part of these awesome cool sessions. I never attended to such event and so I hope to have a great time and I’m pretty sure I will not be disappointed.

Advice for first timers (optional):


I’m a first timer and so I do not have to share a thing here, but luckily a colleague attended last year in Amsterdam and he told me a lot about the event. What I took out of it is that you really need a good organized day and if possible make yourself familiar with the location so you will find the correct spot in time, especially for the reserved seats

Thank you for reading my thought's about D-Code. Hope I will meet a lot of you at Berlin.

As usual, feel free to add a comment if I passed something out or even there is another view to the event.



This year I'm going to SAP Teched Las Vegas.  I'm excited to be going, but I also admit I want chance to get a third hands-on workshop.  So I wanted to mention the sessions at Teched that will make me attempt to "run" past you to get a seat.  I will promise to make sure my path is clear before rushing off.  Due to the fact I'm traveling on Friday, I will focus Monday through Thursday.

Monday October 20th

Guest Keynote

I'm going to have to edit this blog later to tell you whether I want to attend this.  Based on past experiences it's always been someone interesting.


Tuesday October 21st

UXP111 SAPUI5 Face-to-Face

It's an ASUG session content featuring SAP Mentor Graham Robinson talking on SAP UI5.  I have had the priviledge of talking to Graham at previous SAP events and look forward to his insight


TEC103 Suite on SAP HANA Strategy and Road Map

My company runs the SAP Business Suite and therefore it's important for me to understand how SAP is evolving the business suite on HANA.


Wednesday October 22nd

5K Fun Run


I have run on the Las Vegas Strip before(just not at teched) and I want to do this again.  The 5K is much shorter than my run from Mirage to the "Las Vegas Sign"(that's a 10K).  I'm also what you will call a social runner, so the real debate will be the shirt selection for this event.


DEV212 - How to Architect ABAP Applications for SAP HANA

Besides the topic this session excites me because of the speaker Thorsten Franz.  It's rare to meet and listen to people with a such a unique and brilliant insight and Thorsten is one of those people.  I have met Thorsten at previous teched's and exchange a few technical e-mails with him.  I'm truly looking forward to his insights on this issue.



Honestly if you attend Teched and skip DemoJam you made a big mistake.  If we could only hold SAP product pitches to the standards of DemoJam the world would be a much better place.  My recommendation is arrive early for close up seat, and enjoy the show.


Thursday October 23rd

DEV204 Custom ABAP Code – Get Ready for SAP HANA!

DEV205 Building an End-to-End App from SAP HANA via ABAP to SAP Fiori


ABAP, HANA, and Fiori, oh my!




Other Activities

I doubt this will happen again, but you never know who you will see in Las Vegas @ Teched



Or this:


Tips for first time attendees

The Venetian|Palazzo Conference area can be quite pricey for food, beverages, snacks.  If you don't want to pay full price there is a Walgreens at the street level on the Palazzo side of the conference area close to Wynn.  You can find things here not marked up as much, but still more than back home.  Another must hit for bargain hunters is ABC Stores in the Las Vegas Fashion Mall.


You really need to wear comfortable shoes.  You will be walking a lot during the conference.  Update:  You also need to make sure you put enough time for walking between sessions.  Depending on the floor plan usage it can be a long walk from Level 5 to Level 1, even if you use the escalators.  You should also make sure you allow for "conversation time".  I have missed sessions from talking to people that I met.


You also need to make sure you get outside and see the Las Vegas Strip.


What could be better than two hands-on workshop reservations at SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas and Berlin? How about a third?

The SAP TechEd && d-code Hands-On Workshop Challenge is one of the new offerings available to full conference registrants. For a shot at a guaranteed seat in a third hands-on workshop, where you can dig deep into SAP technologies and tools, just write a blog post that features:

  • The Location: Las Vegas or Berlin? You can even grab an extra seat for conferences in both the U.S. and Germany but you must publish a blog post for each location.SAP_TechEd_2013_AMS_07579.jpg
  • Your Plan: Which sessions are you most excited about? Why are you so pumped about attending them? We’re looking for entries that superbly explain why each session sparked your interest.
  • What you’re looking forward to the most: DemoJam? Hacker Night? Or for the crazy ones, our second annual 5K in Las Vegas?
  • Advice for first timers (optional): Two decades of SAP TechEd conveys a lot of lessons learned. We ask that the veterans share tips that newbies should know before they go.

Publish your blog post in the SAP TechEd && d-code space, or in the SCN area that’s most related to the sessions you’ll be writing about. BI-related content, for example, should go under Business Intelligence.

Be sure to tag your blog with the sap_teched event tag. And use the official conference hashtag, #SAPtd, when you promote your blog on Twitter!

How to Submit

Add the URL of your SAP TechEd && d-code blog post in the comments section below! You will be able to reserve your preferred third hands-on workshop after we launch the agenda builders (see the timetable below). You can switch to a different workshop any time before the event.

We’ll start awarding third workshops about a week after we launch each agenda builder: Las Vegas will be around Friday, Sept. 26, and Berlin around Friday, Oct. 17. The challenge will end for Las Vegas attendees on Friday, October 17th and Berlin attendees on Friday, November 7th.

Blogs that are accepted will be credited to attendees on a weekly basis. You’ll be notified via e-mail with instructions on how to redeem your 3rd workshop reservation once it’s available. See our session types and policies for more information on hands-on workshops.

Please note: Only full conference attendees can qualify for a 3rd workshop. If you registered with a group under our Buy 4, Get 5 group discount then you can also participate in the challenge. If you haven’t already registered, it’s time to get on board!

Running is good for you. At DataVard, we are helping our customers run their SAP systems better, and also we encourage our team to join all kinds of running events - team relays, half- and full marathons, and crazy events like 200 mile team races.

One of the best ways how to get to know any place is to go running. Therefore, it was exciting last year to hear about the SAP TechEd run in Vegas. The complete DataVard team going to TechEd last year registered immediately.

So, here is why we do this: Running events is not only a healthy excuse for opulent meals and unhealthy partying!

Distance running also helps you to learn all about pacing yourself, about endurance and determination. You build physical and mental stamina. You start something, and finish as a team. If you have a bad day, your team will help you. If you have a great day, you help others by cheering them along. At the end of the day, you are always happy and proud you did something good.

All of these are also vital IT skills which help you when Murphy’s law strikes yet again, when you pull an all-nighter, or simply when the daily grinder gets at you.

There is nothing better than starting the day at sunrise time with hundreds of other enthusiasts (or crazy lunatics?!) and go for a run. This year in the newly named D-Code we from DataVard want to share this great feeling with all of you!

There will be a day when you can no longer run. Today is not that day. So, when your alarm will wake up early in the morning in Vegas this year, you’ll know what time it is. Time to run! And remember: Today’s run ends, running does not!"


This is our crew from last year.


Happy before image:



And even happier after image:


SAPFreeway_winner1.jpgTen glorious years have passed since the ultimate geek competition came into the limelight, which means ten years of live demos, loud applauses, large audiences, and of course WINNERS.


I was discussing with my fellow colleagues, Helena and Craig, about blog topics for the upcoming DemoJam when I suggested that we should write a recap of all the winners we have had in the past. Craig basically laughed it off and said, “If you can find all the winners since 2004, I will buy you dinner.” I thought to myself, how hard could it really be to find information on past DemoJam winners, like come on, we live in the age of the Internet where almost everything can be found easily by the click of a button, right?


Wrong!! Yes, it’s not impossible to find the winners but I’m speaking from experience that it definitely was a struggle.  Over the past couple days, I must have read hundreds of blogs (not exaggerating) and watched several videos all regarding DemoJam. I have seriously become an expert. But I can proudly say that Craig will have to buy me dinner because I have tracked down all the winners’ names since 2004!


There is a reason why DemoJam is referred to as the American Idol for Geeks, because it’s a huge deal! Contestants on American Idol gain recognition from people all over the country similarly, DemoJam participants get a chance to showcase their skills and talent to the whole SAP ecosystems; it’s a technology-driven dream come true! DemoJam participants are given six minutes to present their demos and in those six minutes they get recognition among peers and have the satisfaction of earning cheers from the audience who are actually voting for their demo as the best in the competition.


All the winners from the past were not chosen by a panel of judges but by the audience, and here is a quick recap of all the winners from the past:



  • SAP TechEd San Diego: Guido Schroeder: High Performance Analytics



  • SAP TechEd Boston: Boris Gebhardt and Markus Frick: Cutting Edge ABAP
  • SAP TechEd Vienna: Boris Gebhardt and Markus Frick: Cutting Edge ABAP



  • SAP TechEd Las Vegas: Ed Hermann and Dan McWeeney: SAPlink Changing the SAP Ecosystem
  • SAP TechEd Amsterdam: Ed Hermann and Dan McWeeney: SAPlink Changing the SAP Ecosystem
  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Gaurav Walia



  • SAP TechEd Las Vegas: Brian Yarnell and Thomas Ellenberg: Supporting Data-Driven Presentation Needs of Sales Force with XP3 and SAP Net Weaver  watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Munich: Regina Sheynblat : Enterprise Widgets
  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Santhosh Naidu and Sujeet Rathod: Mobilizing



  • SAP TechEd Berlin: Pakdi Decnud and Louenas Hamdi: The Ajax Composition Platform
  • SAP TechEd Las Vegas: Micheal Portner: Spell Checker
  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Jasvir Gill and Badri Gururajan: AlertAction



  • SAP TechEd Vienna: Alexis Naibo: SAP BusinessObjects Explorer on iPhone
  • SAP TechEd Phoenix: Sebastian Steinhauer and Tobias Queck: “No Hands”
  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Savio Sebastian: “Sirius-Social Analytics”



  • SAP TechEd Berlin: Tobias Queck and Florian Schutlz: Smartpen & Paper Collaboration Livescribe
  • Watch Highlights
  • SAP TechEd Las Vegas: Matt Harding and Al Templeton: Super-Generic Mobile App watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Rupam Bhattacharya and Jai Santhosh: SAP Augmented Reality on Mobile (Android Platform



  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Tom Nelson and Marek Kowalkiewicz: GlobeMasters watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Las Vegas: Marek Kowalkiewicz: InnoBoard watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Madrid: John Astill: Save the Planet watch demo



  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Trincy Hazarika, Raju Borda, Narin Nandivada, Tanushree Das: SAP Freeway watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Madrid: Will Powell and Nic Doodson: CEO Vision watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Las Vegas: Will Powell and Nic Doodson: Store Trek watch demo



  • SAP TechEd Bangalore: Krishna Kumar and Prashant Nirmale: SAP HANA Based M-Tolling watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Amsterdam: Matthew Riches and Andreas Profitlich: CloudSitter watch demo
  • SAP TechEd Las Vegas: Will Powell and Nic Doodson: Keytree HANADeck watch demo


DemoJam is accepting demo submissions till September 10th, 2014! Who knows? Next year your name can get added to this list of winners as well!

Last year at SAP TechEd Las Vegas, we held the inaugural 5K Fun Run/Walk.

If you missed it, you'll get another chance! The 5K Fun Run/Walk is coming back for another lap at SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 in Las Vegas!


I know what you're thinking. You must be crazy to want to get up so early on a conference day to go and run down the Las Vegas strip in the morning.

Yeah, maybe a little crazy, but....


Here are some reasons you should join us this year:

  • You will absorb more knowledge in sessions later that day because you got up and exercised. :-)
  • You will be surrounded by about 200 other crazies that got up early to get some fresh air
  • The Las Vegas Strip is actually pretty quiet in the morning. It is a refreshing change from the mobs the night before.
  • The Strip is FLAT. You don't have to worry about any hills on this run.
  • The air is DRY. You won't sweat all that much. Well... maybe a little. Results may vary.
  • There may be a few surprise guests hiding amongst the runners. You never know who might show up!


We had a blast at this event last year. It was a whole heap of fun to get outside of the conference center for a little while and sweat it out a little bit with some fellow techies. Please join us again this year. Registration will be open soon and we do expect this event will fill up pretty quickly.

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This was a webcast given by SAP Mentor Matthias Steiner this past week.


One of the comments at the beginning of the webcast that he made was "IT is a means to serve business goals".


In a company, your end users, developers and your company have wants and needs.  End users want easy to use apps, to not worry about updating software all the time and they want them on demand.


Figure 1: Source: SAP


SaaS is like Google mail; you just use it


PaaS is design and run time environment to build service and the applications that run on the platform


Developers build apps


Hybrid IT landscapes include when you keep data on premise, use cloud as outbound channel to consume


Figure 2: Source: SAP


In Figure 2 you can see the ISO and security certifications; Matthias suggested visiting SAP Datacenter


The Hana Cloud Platform data centers are located in the East Coast of the US (near me) and Germany.


Figure 3: Source: SAP


On this slide you can see how things are changing, especially with open source and "agile".


Figure 4: Source: SAP


Figure 4 shows the available packages.


With the app services you use the XS app server, you can expose data use OData protocol


Figure 5: Source: SAP


Figure 5 shows all the services many of which you can try yourself using the free trial (more below).


Figure 6: Source: SAP


For development, you use the HANA Studio in an Eclipse environment.  Again you can try this with the trial.


Figure 7: Source: SAP


On this slide Matthias said you can consume BAPI’s via remote function calls in the Cloud


You can use HANA Cloud Integration with Gateway as a cloud component


If Gateway is not installed on premise use Gateway as a Service


The HANA Cloud Platform also uses a managed identity service to ensure data is secure in the cloud.


Figure 8: Source: SAP


The HANA Cloud Portal is not the same as the Enterprise portal.


It is an easy tool to create new applications to expose to outside world, suppliers


It can be customized and branding


It has underlying technology to power extensions


SuccessFactors uses the extensions


Figure 9: Source: SAP


Matthias said there is "No universal killer app"


It has to be specific to your enterprise, needs


He suggested starting small with something like self service or a Fiori Service


Figure 10: Source: SAP


New apps in cloud include line of business, verticals, and self service


On-premise apps is where you build extensions for on-premise using the hybrid IT approach


On the right of Figure 10  - build extensions for cloud apps – SuccessFactors Employee Central and soon Ariba


Figure 11: Source: SAP


So why did I post this in the TechEd space?  Because of course ASUG has a pre-conference session on HANA Cloud Platform at SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas.  See more details at Your fast track to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at the ASUG pre-conference


Also see Announcing ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-Conference Sessions


For the trial, please see SAP HANA Cloud Platform



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