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In this year’s TechEd at Las Vegas, I was among few other colleagues from our department to represent SAP IT. Our objective was to share the inside story as how SAP runs SAP. A fact that we are our own customer as well and why wouldn’t we be, as best run companies runs SAP!!

 

Mainly we were presenting HANA, Simplified finance, Cloud for Customer, BI, Infrastructure and mobility. My team represented the Enterprise mobility team (Martin Lang, Sanket Firodiya, Lisa Brown, Julia Lakatos and Florian Heretsch). While other colleagues (Harry Hundermark, Barbara Lapp, Leonid (Lenny) Nisenzon, Nathan Oyler, Mike Golz, Eileen Butler, Thomas Delaloy and MadanKumar Pichamuthu) were representing the other topics.

 

At our booths, we talked to various customers, partners and colleagues; sharing our experience as how we implement and support our internal systems. Most of the attendees were curious about how we went about it and of course, we were happy to go over the details and engaged them into discussing relevant areas.

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Mike Golz having discussions with attendees


On the mobility topic, we addressed generic queries like what is our mobile strategy, what apps have we implemented, why have we implemented native as well as Fiori/SAPUI5 apps. What are the pros and cons for going native versus Fiori/SAP UI5. Our take on the performance, maturity of the products like Netweaver Gateway and Fiori/SAP UI5, some asked about Hana Cloud Platform and were pleasantly surprised to know that we have apps running on it!

We shared our stories and experience about implementing standard native (device specific) apps, standard Fiori apps as well as custom apps (again both native and SAP UI5 based) that we have developed and deployed in our mobile landscape.

 

By the way, when I say standard apps; I mean apps that were developed by the SAP Product team which are available on app store (Apple app store/Google play) and backend add-ons available at SAP Market place for customers to download and implement. Apps like “SAP Customer Financial Factsheet”, “Receivables Manager”, “Cloud for Customer”, “Travel and Expense for Cloud” to name a few. Fiori app examples includes Purchase Order approval, Invoice approval, Shopping cart approval, Shopping cart tracking app etc. which were made available and improved during various Fiori waves.

The popular (inside SAP) examples of some of the custom apps that we have developed and shared included SAP EasyConnect, SAP Wire, SAP Pricing etc. We have also developed a tracking frame work to keep track of the usage of these applications (which just happens to be on HANA cloud). These ‘custom’ apps are something we developed to tailor our business requirements and are not available as a product that could be sold (yet).

 

We shared how we went about implementing these apps, how our mobile landscape looks like (End-to-End connectivity), how we developed gateway services or installed add-ons to enable them, how we develop native apps and how we engage designers and UX experts for the custom apps that we develop. we also talked about SAP Personas and our experience with it.

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SAP Runs SAP team


Some of our team members conducted number of sessions (Expert networking, lecture, mini-code jam) to talk about the topics like:

  • SAP runs SAP: Enterprise mobility, popular apps and key success factors – two sessions ( one each for Martin Lang and myself)
  • SAP HANA made simple, SAP runs SAP – how SAP deployed SAP Business suite into the HANA Cloud, SAP runs SAP: Experiences of implementing SAP Simple Finance Add-on – four sessions conducted by Nathan Oyler and Harry Hundermark
  • SAP Runs SAP – Journey to the Cloud and the next step in accounting software powered by SAP HANA – two sessions conducted by Michael (Mike) Golz
  • Create ERP Operational reporting with SAP HANA Live and SAP analytics, SAP runs SAP, How we transformed our operational reporting with SAP HANA by Thomas Delaloy
  • Mini code jam session, your first SAPUI5 Mobile app by Julia Lakatos

Note: Colleagues/Comrades, please excuse me for not including any extra sessions/lectures that my colleagues conducted and not listed in the above list

 

If you’d also like to know more about how we run SAP, especially in the mobility space or have other questions. Just reach out to me or other colleagues listed in this blog and we’d be happy to answer and/or lead you to a solution.

     SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas has come to an end.  This week had everything; two keynotes, announcements, sessions and the show floor. Steve Lucas kicked off SAP TechEd && d-code on Monday afternoon delivering an energetic keynote to a packed room. The keynote was comprised of demos from different industries which showcased the many solutions companies have developed with SAP Technology.


     On the second day Bjorn Goerke’s keynote was a mix between sci-fi and inspiration, you can find details of day 1 and 2 recap.  The key takeaways from Bjorn’s keynote where the upcoming release of SAP HANA SPS09, and the announcement that SAPUI5 will now be OpenUI5.


     Day two was especially memorable because of DemoJam. Being the first one I have ever attended I can honestly say I was awed with the innovative solutions the participants developed. You could find a solution for everything; Virtual reality, localization, gardening, business applications and even surfing! In the end SpotOn won DemoJam by creating a solution that allows a person to find misplaced items with the help of GPS technology.

 

     On day three attendees of TechEd && d-code rocked to the music of Huey Lewis and the News.  Huey played many of his classic songs.  His hit “Power of Love” was even played twice as the crowd chanted his name and he came back for an encore. See all the highlights below

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     SAP TechEd && d-code was a great experience.  Thanks to everyone who made TechEd && d-code possible as well as those who attended the conference. Next up is Berlin, so please stay tuned.

 

You can find more pictures of the event on SAP HANA and SAP Technology Facebook.

    

First I considered to call the blog "Innovation Without Disruption Through Transformation in Today's Business Landscape" . This is a very bad name for a blog. And even worse for a D-Code keynote. That’s why Steve Lucas, the global president of the SAP Platform Solutions Group, gave up on that one, together with over-hyped “Age of Machines” and others. This year’s D-Code/TechEd opening keynote focused on the unification, simplification and openness, synchronized with the SAPPHIRE keynote by SAP CEO Bill McDermott earlier this year.

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The keynote was full with announcements and guest appearances (Flextronics CTO, Dr. Eric Volkerink, and MongoDB head of Global Channels, Vijay Vijayasankar, are just couple to mention). What kept the whole show electrifying, in addition to the super energetic appearance of Steve Lucas, were almost dozen of the live demos.

As a part of Co-Innovaion Center Israel, I am proud to be on the team delivering two of those demos - EarlySense (“Sleep Well, Live Well”) and Edyn (“Texting Plants”). Those are examples of the new wave of the IoT startups adopting SAP HCP as the reliable partner to conquer the consumers market.

Few words about EsrlySense: EarlySense is medical technology company with unique sensor signal processing know-how.  It’s technology and system covered by extensive patents and FDA approvals and based on the massive experience in hospital bed monitoring: over 100K patients monitored, over 5M monitoring hours in hospitals and patient homes in North America, Europe. After succeeding in hospitals, EarlySense has decided to address consumer wellness market. Our collaboration with EarlySense around SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Portal is only natural, since HCP is a global scaleable platform-as-a-service , and provides easily extensible SAP UI5 based web and mobile-ready client, reliable access control mechanisms, out-of-the-box backend connectivity to SuccessFactors. This exactly what we have shown in the demo: the existing measures (heart rate, respiration, movement) coming from EarlySense are enriched with the meteorological data. Now there is indication of the temperature and humidity in the user’s location, next to the vital signals, and the user can see the effect of the weather conditions on his health

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The demonstration of Edyn, smart agri sensor solution, running the same way on the HCP, using the same template is EarlySense, emphasized the fact how generic and standard HCP is: with a couple hours of effort,  production-ready web solution (SAP UI5) was prepared and launched to monitor a real garden far away from the vibrant Vegas.

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Participants of SAP TechEd && d-code Berlin can learn from customers and partners, who share their insights in a comprehensive and open minded way as part of lecture DEV207 „Customers present best practices for ABAP and SAP HANA Cloud Platform” (Tuesday Nov-11, 4:30 - 6:30pm, room L13, City Cube L1 - A5).

 

 

 

After a short overview of SAP HANA Platform (incl. ABAP on HANA, SAPUI5, quick start in the cloud with ABAP on HANA Developer Edition and SAP HANA Cloud Platform), experts from three organizations will provide detailed findings of their innovation projects:

 

The first customer project of this session will be presented by Markus Theilen from EWE, where a mission critical custom ABAP report (Z program) has been accelerated by a factor greater than 1K using the code pushdown principle of ABAP for HANA. This performance boost enables significantly improved busines processes of multiple LoB's at EWE.

 

Gregor Wolf (Osram) shares best practices and findings when using  "SAP Fiori as a Service" for better user experience and simplification. This emerging offering is based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Connection of cloud based UI's with an on-premise customer SAP system and customer specific extensions in backend (ABAP) and UI (SAPUI5) are key characreristics of this pilot project.

 

Paul Ritschel and Vadim Laas from SAP partner Compiricus explains the pro's and con's of the third scenario, where SAP HANA Cloud Platform is used for a new cloud solution (Trade Accelerator) with tight connections to on-premise ERP systems.

 

All together these customer projects help you to better understand real-life experience with ABAP on HANA, SAPUI5 and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Cody Duston

Great experience

Posted by Cody Duston Oct 29, 2014

My name is Cody Duston and I am a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in management information systems and accounting. At Grand Valley State University we have a fantastic ERP program that I am very proud to be apart of which uses SAP to teach students about the many aspects of ERP systems. Being a student that is also a part of University Alliances, attending TechEdd && d-code was a very thrilling experience for me.

 

Being able to watch the key note speaker, Steve Lucas, was of great interest to me. He was an incredible speaker and was able to draw the crowds interest into the cool new things SAP and it's partners are doing. Steve Lucas brought up many different people who represented their respective companies and had them show the new advances they made while working with SAP. It was very interesting to see how many companies are working together with SAP in so many different ways, to come up with innovated new ways to solve difficult, complex problems.

 

As I am a student, being able to attend this conference was a fantastic experience for me and it really opened my mind to the many wonderful opportunities there are in the working world with utilizing SAP. I was able to talk to many professionals in the field and had many fruitful conversations (that often lead to the exchange of business cards). Not only was I able to talk to professionals, but I even had the chance to meet many SAP mentors (thanks to my professor Simha Magal)! I wanted to thank SAP and University Alliances for allowing me to attend such a well put together conference.

 

If anyone would like to have more information about the ERP program at Grand Valley State University, please feel free to contact Simha Magal.

Also please take a look at my fellow colleagues blogs about this wonderful event, Mark Regula, Mitchell Grewer, Sabrina Garrison, Megan Laughlin, and Miles Szuma.

Mark Regula

My experience at TechEd

Posted by Mark Regula Oct 29, 2014

     I am a senior attending Grand Valley State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on management information systems.  I, along with 5 of my classmates, accompanied Dr. Simha Magal to this year's SAP TechEd && d-code conference in Las Vegas.  Every one of us benefited greatly from the experience, but each in a unique way.

     I decided to take advantage of the epic networking opportunity that it was and introduce myself to as many people as possible.  I wanted to learn as much as I could from the many professionals on the show floor who were already successful in the field I am about to enter.  It was a gold mine of information and useful advice.  I was warmly welcomed and treated very kindly even though I obviously wasn't there to buy anything.  I learned about aspects and areas of expertise related to the world of ERP software that I didn't even know to exist prior to the conference.

     All of this new information has made me even more excited about the career I have ahead of me.  It has given me a unique perspective that few students about to graduate college get to have.  Not only that, but I gained a number of valuable contacts that could potentially lead to a job. Originally I was disappointed that I would be missing the local career fair back home, but TechEd was definitely more valuable.

     Overall, TechEd was one of the best things that has happened to me during my college career.  I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity provided to me by the SAP University Alliances, Grand Valley State University, and Professor Magal.

I have been asked during SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas how I felt about the SAP Mentors not being called on stage during DemoJam. My first reaction was that I hadn't even noticed it: DemoJam night was great and had fantastic contestants, so I didn't feel anything was missing.

 

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Vibrant community at SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas: "Geeks Can Dance" band

 

What about the many hard-working community contributors?

Thinking about the question, though, what did it mean that the SAP Mentors were not called on stage like in previous years? It is important to the self-understanding of the Mentors program that there should not be a culture of entitlement, and I agree completely. So it didn't occur to me for an instant to feel entitled to this Mentor moment of fame on the big stage. It also occurred to me that no other community group had been called on the stage: not the Active Contributors, not the Top Contributors, not the Forum Moderators, nobody. It also occurred to me that non of the SAP Community members who tirelessly dedicate their private time to creating a wealth of material for the benefit of others were not even mentioned.

 

There was no speech calling out, to name just one (albeit very notable) example, the amazing dedication of Tammy Powlas who has a demanding day job (more like a day and night job in reality) and is on top of that one of the most engaged ASUG volunteers and on top of that probably the single most active SCN community member with countless contributions in forum posts, blogs, and other forms. There was actually a small community-organiyed flash mob to honor Tammy, but she is not alone: Forum moderators work reliably every day to keep their forums clean of spam and trolls, even if they have a go-live in their current project, or they are young parents and a new baby in the house leaves them almost no personal spare time, and so on. Many community contributors find their own personal ways to pay it forward, as Mark Yolton so inspiringly put it in one of this DemoJam night speeches. And that should be recognized loudly and publicly.

 

For most of the volunteers, a thank you and a group photo with other contributors at SAP TechEd used to be the only recognition they got all throughout the year. This expression of peer recognition kept them going. This year, SAP didn't bother to show them much love. I don't think that is right.

 

It's wrong for one because not even once mentioning the Active Contributors, Top Contributors, and Forum Moderators might be seen as a display of disrespect towards their effort. SAP should express its recognition and encourage the contributors to keep going and new, potential contributors to step out of the shadow.

 

No apparent focus on the community

The lack of focus on the community was tangible not only at DemoJam night but throughout the conference. There was no mention of SCN or the community in a wider sense in any of the keynotes. There was no discernible Clubhouse on the show floor (I suppose the bean bags were expected to pass as the "clubhouse"). Key community advocates were out of the picture because they either didn't get permission to travel to the conference or were only allowed to travel in non-community roles (e.g. to give away t-shirts instead of nurturing the community). There was no Wednesday night „touchy-feely“ event, no community profile photographer (just one for the conference speakers) and no discernible follow up to themes such as „gamification“ or „pay it forward“ that had played a big role in recent years. It was clear to see that the community, which was at the core of the TechEd experience in recent years, did not play a big role at "d-code" at all.

 

It's also wrong because giving the impression that SAP no longer cares about the SCN community will hurt other programs, such as the Developers Program. SAP operates under the premise that they can only flourish if many developers adopt their technology and use it to develop new applications. These developers rely on SCN content and contributors to help them get started and to find their way through thick and thin as they build new applications on top of SAP technology. If SAP shows the SCN community the cold shoulder and community contributions drop, then who's going to create the content on which the developers rely? I doubt that SAP's own evangelists and product specialists are numerous enough to perform this job. This needs to scale - and it can only scale with the SCN community. And that works only if SAP continues to show the community its love.

 

So my wish for SAP TechEd && d-code Berlin: Call the Active Contributors and the Top Contributors on the stage. I want to have a chance to cheer for them.

 

P.S.: This post is not going to increase my popularity among the powers that be. Regardless of whether or not I'm right, this feels like an "SAP, we need to talk" moment to me, and I'm glad that SAP and specifically SCN have created a culture of open discourse and feedback through which SAP has received many chances to "get it right." This is another benefit of having a strong community and nurturing it - and you don't get that just by giving away t-shirts and developer licenses.

If you had the opportunity to visit or follow TechEd && d-code Las Vegas you have learned about the recent developments around SAP Gateway and our new partnership agreement with apigee and SAP API management.

However with TechEd && d-code in November you have now another opportunity to learn about the latest developments in this area and get hands-on experience around SAP Gateway and SAP API Management and much more.

 

For a detailed overview on all relevant sessions please see below. And please make sure to visit our demo pod P2.5.

 

Demo Pod in the Info Zone (P2.5)

At our demo pod you can get the latest and greatest on API Management:

 

 

You can experience a hands-on demo on augmented reality, combining the power of API Management and SAP Gateway (jointly developed with SAP partner Quantilus):

 

 

Please stop buy for this and other demos and interesting information. Our experts are there for you to answer all of your questions.

 

Sessions

1. Lectures and hands-on sessions on SAP API management and Gateway:


Session ID


Session Type


Dur


Title


Track


Speakers


Session Date/Time

INT204

Lecture

1 h

Cutting-Edge SAP API management leveraging REST

Orchestration, and Intelligent  Processes

Bjoern Woppmann

(SAP)

Thu,  

3:30p-4:30p

INT802

Product Roadmap

1 h

Road map Q&A: SAP Gateway - On Premise and in the cloud

Integration on SAP HANA Cloud

Martin Bachmann

(SAP)

Tue,

5p-6p

Wed,  

4p-5p

INT263

Hands-on

2 h

Consuming SAP Data in Google Apps by leveraging SAP
  Gateway

Orchestration, and Intelligent  Processes

Carsten Boennen (SAP)
Martin Bachmann
(SAP)

Tue,

2:30p-4:30p

INT260

Hands-on

4 h

Develop an E2E integration scenario with SAP Gateway, SAP HANA and SAPUI5

Orchestration, and Intelligent  Processes

Thomas Meigen
(SAP)
André Fischer
(SAP)

Olaf Tennie(SAP)

Wed,

8:30 a-12:30 p

DEV360

Hands-on

2 h

Advanced OData Service Development with SAP Gateway

Development and extension
  platform for HANA and Cloud

André Fischer (SAP)
Carsten Boennen
(SAP)

Tue

4:45p-6:45p,

CR704

Code review

30min

SAP Gateway – Tune Your OData Services

extension  platform for HANA and Cloud

André Fischer (SAP)

Wed

4:15p-4:45p

CJ606

CodeJam mini

1h

Development and extension Platform for SAP HANA and Cloud

My first OData Service using SAP Gateway Technology

André Fischer (SAP)

Thu

2:45p-3:45p

 

2. Related lecture and hands-on sessions  

 


Session ID


Session Type


Dur


Title


Track


Speakers


Session Date/Time

INT100

Lecture

1 hIntegration and Orchestration – Overview and OutlookOrchestration, and Intelligent ProcessesChristoph Liebig (SAP)

Tue  

11:00a-

12:00
Wed
09:45a-
10:45a

INT262

Hands-on

2 hOData in SAP HANA Cloud IntegrationOrchestration, and Intelligent ProcessesBjoern Woppmann (SAP)
Holger Bruchelt (SAP)

Wed  

5:00p-

7:00p

INT103

Lecture

1 h

OData in SAP Process Orchestration

Orchestration, and Intelligent
  Processes

Christian Loos (SAP)

Bjoern Woppmann (SAP)

Thu

2:15p-3:15p

CJ605

Mini codejam

1 h

Let’s have fun with OData and Apache Olingo on the SAP Hana Cloud Platform

Development and Dev and
  extension platform for HANA and Cloud
Jens Huesken
(SAP)

Tue

1:30p–2:30p

 

3. Speaker and Expert Networking sessions (30 min) – more speaker sessions to come


Session ID


Session Type


Title


Session owner


Session Date/Time

EXP17406

Expert Networking

Innovate with SAP Gateway and API Management

Carsten Boennen (SAP)

Tue, 2p-2:30p

EXP17408

Expert Networking

Integration and Orchestration Solutions at our Customers

Christoph Liebig (SAP)

Thu, 2:00 –
  2:30 PM

 

Hope to see you in Berlin either in one of our sessions or at the demo pod.

 

For further information please see our social media channels too:

 

SAP Gateway                SAP.com |SCN | LinkedIn | Youtube |Twitter | Facebook

SAP API Management  SAP.com |SCN | LinkedIn | Youtube |Twitter | Facebook

Intro && location

 

In November I'll attend my umpteenth sapteched conference in Berlin. And I consider myself lucky that I've always been able to go, as saptd (as the right hashtag is nowadays) is the best way to learn new stuff and connect with other developers.

 

 

New at SAP TechEd && d-code

 

This year, as Maria Squicciarini has already pointed out, there are lots of cool new elements to the conference. One particularity that has so far undeservedly not gotten much attention, is the fact that for the first time in sapteched history there will be non-technical hands-on workshops. Yes, that's correct, there will be hands-on workshops that won't use the laptops!

 

So how can that be, at a technical conference? Well, I'm sure by now you will have heard of this new focus of SAP on end user experience: creating solutions that help the end user in his/her work. Of course that's something we (as developers in the SAP ecosystem) should always have been doing, but somehow for the last 20 odd years features seemed more important.

 

But recently SAP has embraced a more design oriented approach to software development, as can be seen from the focus on designthinking, the new Fiori UX apps, and the formation of a dedicated SAP Design Services team.

 

And it's from that last team, that these non-technical hands-on workshops are coming.

 

Drumroll please... UXP160 and UXP260

 

If you're a developer who cares about the end users of your software and who looks beyond the technical challenges that software development in the SAP ecosystem brings with it, and if you want to design truly beautiful applications, these 2 sessions will definitely add value for you! From the Agenda Builder:

 

UXP160

UXP160 Building New Applications with Great User Experience Using Design Thinking

 

 


Following the design thinking methodology, learn how to build better software for your users. Understand what your users really need, brainstorm on possible solutions, and create concrete first prototypes. The moderators guide you through the complete process and share a lot of best practices and lessons learned.

UXP260

UXP260 How to Create a Roadmap Leading to Delightful User Experience Design


This session conveys tools and activities to put the SAP user experience (UX) strategy into action. Participants learn the different elements of design and why an end-user engagement strategy is important to creating an engaging user experience. Leave this session with a set of action items to start creating a UX road map for your enterprise IT.

 

I'm very happy to be a sidekick for the second session. Though the presenters, Heike van Geel and Marion Froehlich have not yet disclosed the content of the session to me they absolutely know what they're talking about, so I'm sure it's gonna be a great session!

 

My plan for SAP TechEd && d-code

 

Apart from these less technical sessions I've decided to focus on SAP NetWeaver Gateway sessions this year. As a backend developer I'm naturally interested in everything related to ABAP 7.40, ABAP on HANA, ABAP Development Tools, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, HANA XS, Decision Service Management, and a lot more. However, thanks to the free trials on offer via the Cloud Appliance Library and the different SAPCodeJam events that take place nowadays saptd no longer offers the only opportunity to get hands on experience with the shiny new stuff.

Actually this week (Thu Oct 23rd) I have attended an SAPCodeJam event focused on ABAP on HANA, which means I don't have to reserve time/sessions for it at saptd. So in general my plan for saptd is to focus on the stuff that I can't access otherwise.

 

Of course, as an sapmentor there are other things to attend. New this year are the lunch tables featuring interesting themes for informal discussion and of course lunch, most of them hosted by sapmentors. Furthermore, at the end of each day we'll have Birds of a Feather sessions, again for informal discussion. These are from 17.30 till 18.30. I'll host one on Wednesday about MOOCs in general and about openSAP in particular. Everyone is invited!

 

Advice for first-timers (and everyone else)

 

There is so much to do in these 3 days: you can't do it all even if you'd be able to clone yourself (which apart from Tammy Powlas nobody has ever succeeded in doing). So don't even try! Select a few must-attend sessions, and be prepared to just go with the flow. Remember: afterwards you'll have the chance to do the hands-on exercises with the Virtual Hands On Workshop days. And a lot of lectures will be recorded for easy consumption once you're back home.

 

What you can't do back home however is meet other participants,  and engage with your peers. saptd is the real life equivalent of the online SCN community. It's the one place (and time of the year) where you can meet the people you see all year around on SCN. Make sure you have time in your schedule for it!

 

Hope to see and meet all of you in Berlin!

 

P.S. Between the writing and the publication of this blog post Jochen Guertler from the Design Services Team has invited us all to Berlin with a more complete overview of what his team has to offer. Be sure to check it out!

This blog is a personal professional editorial of information captured during the SAP TechEd and d-code.

main Tracks followed:

Technology, Strategy and Innovations

Cloud Integration, Orchestration, and Intelligent Processes

 

Day 3 and 4

 

Thursday was tagged as "Throwback Thursday" by the daily communication email attendees receive each day. Most of the session I intended to attend where in the show floor room, either the Lounges or the Q&A  stands. It did feel as a "throwback" for the information received during the first 3 days; but this was an opportunity to lay-back around the show floor and do some networking and 1-1 discussions with other experts on the floor.

 

As it has been expected, and "throwback" from previous year, the main show is still Hana. But for the first time I see a platform which is real, a platform where I want to build stuff, a platform where I want to play, I want my application and solution to run on Hana. Being most of the day on the show floor room allowed me to sneak peak in other sessions track, which have caught my attention during the week.

 

Security

 

As an application consultant and integration architect, I take for granted the security that goes beyond authorization concepts in the application layer. We protect application access and data for authenticated user, we segregate duties and and specialize roles for functional roles and system. But how does it work for non-authenticated users? In the media, we have seen several cases of blue chip companies, or huge social websites which are victims of cyber-attack. Data is being stolen, systems are compromised. But how vulnerable or how robust the is the protection of the basis, platform and network layers.

Since the future seems to be hybrid-networks, mixing cloud and on-premise landscape can provide several new challenges in security. But at the same time, it offers new opportunities for server and platform providers to differentiate and add premium value to their services in the security domain.

 

Operations

 

The security session open another question; How does current IT department and service providers adapt to the new challenges of hybrid landscapes.

I can imagine a lot of new question to basis teams. A couple of years when SAP begun introducing Java-Stack only systems, IT operations had to catch up with the the competence gap that missing ABAP stack leaves. Many new project during those years, and  today as well, has to face problems when a new systems was delivered. Many of the post-installation activities has a mix-feeling of being half application and half basis. It has taken a couple of year to bring practices and systems to an efficient manageable process. It seems the same, kind of challenges will be present when moving in Hana on Cloud landscapes.

Very existing  months/years to comes now that Hana is ready to be accepted in business at large scale, not only as a Data Warehouse, but as a complete platform for application delivery.

 

Data modeling with Hana

 

I attended three sessions regarding data modeling with Hana. I am not a BI consultant my self, but I believe it must be exiting times for them. I would be very exited to have to work with Hana, regardless if it is on-premise, public or enterprise clouds. I was very surprised how intuitive it was to model data, as an Integration Consultant the tools have a very logical flow it you  have worked with ETL or middle-ware tools. I drop my jaw in wonders when I see the data I have moves, transformed, replicated, merged, analyzed, calculated, etc, etc, which can be queried and rendered in eye-candy graphs and pivots with fantastic speed and granularity.

 

Closing Down

 

I has been a great TechEd, very lightning. My colleague ask me an interesting question on Thursday afternoon: If I would away from the Enterprise Architecture and Integration domain, where would I choose two go. It took me a few minutes to think about it, because I really like Integration as a discipline in Enterprise Architecture. In the current industry technology road-maps, Integration has a very important role. Integration consultant will have to extend their competence toolset. But If I have to move I will try cloud operations technology and architecture. Managing Big data in hybrid environments and the optimizing possibilities when juggling resources between In-Memory, Flash, Disk; very interesting and challenging time to come.

 

Time to fly back home.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my blog this year

 

Day 1

Walking around SAP TechEd & d-code 2014 - Las Vegas: Day 1

Day 2

Walking around SAP TechEd & d-code 2014 - Las Vegas: Day 2

 

Day 3

 

Walking around SAP TechEd & d-code 2014 - Las Vegas: Day 3

More than just making a bad Huey Lewis and the News reference, it truly did feel as though, even on this final day, SAP Gateway and API Management was finding itself popping up all over TechEd && D-Code. Not letting things cool down for a minute, SAP's Chief Product Manager Joav Bally took to the Center Stage (somewhat literally), speaking with Ed Anuff, VP, Product Strategy for Apigee, about the challenges and opportunities of participating in the API economy. These two very smart guys dish out their perspectives and a lot of quality information in a remarkably relaxed manner considering the weight of the subject. As Ed states in the interview, digital transformation for business is not a "want to", but a "need to" do item today. You can view their conversation here. Or click on the pic.


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Not to seem as though it was all relaxing and chatting though, Joav Bally also presented the second session of his INT204 lecture on cutting-edge SAP API Management leveraging REST, as well as hosting the second INT262 hands-on session, ODATA in SAP HANA Cloud Integration, with Mustafa Saglam  both highlighted in Monika's Day 2 Blog.

 

Everyone was quite busy, keeping up the momentum of the previous days, with more interviews with SAP Partners; Himanshu Pande spoke with Manish from Prospance about their experience using SAP Gateway to power their Device Agnostic Mobile Solution, and Ning-Jing Gao spoke with Sanjay, CEO of Quantilus about their experience using SAP Gateway and API Management to power their Augmented Reality demos.

 

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After the Interview, Ning-Jing Gao spent some time with the developers from Quantilus who created the awesome Google Glass and Visual Showroom apps, being demo'd at the Info Zone. You can see more about these demos here.

 

 

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In keeping with the energy described in my blog about Day 1, hardly a seat was left unfilled at the second Hands-On session DEV360 Advanced ODATA Service Development with SAP Gateway presented by Himanshu Pande and Mustafa Saglam. Barjinder of Prospance also presented an insight into their experience with SAP Gateway in their customer projects (including their mobile solution for eBay).

 

 

 

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With all the non-stop go, go, go, it's no wonder that it seems like the choice is either line up for good coffee at the Fiori Cafe, or take a snooze!

 

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But there's no time for the SAP colleagues to snooze, with attendees visiting the Info Zone pod right up until closing time for the show floor. Truly, here, there and everywhere.

 

And with that segue it's time for the concert that I mentioned at the start. You may remember them from Back to the Future, for their song "The Power of Love". Their songs have been a huge influence on the 80s and 90s, and now they are playing in Vegas! My only regret is that they did not invite them to play in 2015 (that's for you BTTF fans out there!). But a rocking good time either way!

 

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With that, it is a wrap on TechEd && d-code for 2014, hope that everyone here had a great time, and if you missed it, try to make it out next year! Don't forget, to see more of the exciting action at TechEd, many more pictures are available in the SAP TechEd Facebook Album.

 

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As all of you are aware SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 is in full swing by now ... and as hinted in my recent blog posts SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) was the linchpin of Steve Lucas' keynote and a central theme in Bjoern Goerke's  keynote. For those who were not able to attend in person or watch the replays just yet please find the respective links below - they are definitely worth watching!

 

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With this blog post I want to provide sort of a transcript focusing on some of the HCP related talking points as well as provide further information and links.

 

Opening keynote by Steve Lucas

 

Making it real

 

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Steve's keynote based on the theme "making it real" focused on three key elements:

 

  • Amazing people
  • Extraordinary things and
  • Purposeful technology

 

This mix was more than just lip service, but actually the elements comprising his keynote, which featured many customers and partners (as well as SAP Mentors!) demoing their work and explaining how their solutions add business value. All-in-all it was an entertaining and insightful event and one that resonated well with the audience.

 

Intro to SAP HANA Cloud Platform

 

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Given that Steve is the global president of SAP Platform Solutions Group it's not surprising that he focused on the platform story, or to be precise: SAP HANA Cloud Platform. For that purpose he invited Prakash Darji  on stage first to introduce SAP's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, its capabilities and value proposition. Prakash showed a brief demo of the SAP Web IDE  emphasizing on the ease-of-use the toolkit provides to create compelling user interfaces that look good on all devices due to the responsiveness nature of the underlying technology (SAPUI5).

 

Partnership with MongoDB

 

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Next on stage was Vijay Vijayasankar, SAP Mentor Alumni and former SAP Executive, who's now running Global Channels and Business Development for MongoDB. Vijay announced the partnership between MongoDB and SAP aiming to closer integrate the NoSQL database with SAP's BI tools (such as SAP Lumira) as well as including ETL support for MongoDB into SAP's data services.

 

For further information please refer to the respective blog post: Delivering on the Big Data Vision: MongoDB and SAP partner to bring new value to joint customers.

 

Birst

 

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As recently announced Birst and SAP have partnered to bring their analytical engine to SAP HANA Cloud Platform. In the context of SAP's cloud platform strategy it's vital to attract plenty of partners to offer their products on the platform to make it even more powerful and ultimately more attractive to customers. That applies to both technical capabilities (such as the analytical engine from Birst) as well as business solutions tailored for specific industries or lines of business. SAP's platform strategy certainly encourages partners to bring in their respective expertise to address white spaces in SAP's portfolio.

 

Further reading: Learn more about the solution in the SAP HANA Marketplace

 

Enterprise Jungle

 

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The next gig on stage  - Enterprise Jungle - is special in numerous ways! For one, they have been part of the SAP Startup Focus program (lead by Aiaz Kazi and Kaustav Mitra) and seeing them on stage with a productive cloud solution on SAP HANA Cloud Platform is the best testimonial imaginable for the program (check out a video recorded last year at SAP TechEd) . Second, their team (comprising of SAP Mentor Chris Paine and James Sinclair) demoed the live product, which is the perfect example of one of the main usage scenarios for HCP: SaaS extensions. Their solutions extends the HR capabilities of Success Factors Employee Central by integrating other social platforms (e.g. Linkedin).

 

Further reading: Learn more about the solution in the SAP HANA Marketplace

 

There were further impressive demos including a very powerful show-case of SAP HANA's capabilities to analysis large datasets in sub-second response time (measuring in the browser!) performed by Bluefin's John Appleby, yet as stated I'm focusing on the HCP related topics in this blog post. Fast forward to the next keynote...

 


 

Tuesday morning keynote by Björn Goerke

 

Intro

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Björn's keynote was more focused on the technology that powers the digital transformation of business across the globe. Given that SAP TechEd && d-code traditionally attracts a more technical audience that makes perfect sense. His introductory words revolved about predictions made by famous science fiction authors of the past and how some of them have become a reality in the meanwhile (e.g. like personal transceivers = mobile phones). He then quoted Arthur C. Clark's famous statement about pushing the boundary of what's possible:

 

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”

 

From there he lead over to SAP HANA as the next chapter in SAP's mission to bring real-time capabilities to business processes. He emphasized that in the last forty years SAP has created an entire economy around its products and that every evolutionary step in this evolution has brought significant opportunities not only for SAP, but the whole ecosystem. Björn then brought up Clarke's Law of Revolutionary Ideas:

 

"Every revolutionary idea – in Science, Politics, Art or whatever – evokes three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the three phrases:


1. It is completely impossible; don't waste my time.

2. It is possible, but it is not worth doing.

3. I said it was a good idea all along."

 

Björn hinted that some of SAP's competitors seem to have been through this very process during the last two years on multiple fronts (such as in-memory computing and cloud) while SAP has been fully committed to execute on our vision of SAP HANA as the underlying platform for real-time business applications and platforms.

 

Björn then continued to explain the new capabilities being rolled out with the HANA SPS 9 release scheduled for the end of this year. Covering that part alone would probably result in a full blog post by itself. Since I'm sure some of the usual suspects are already sharpening their pencils, I leave it up to them to cover the specifics in more detail elsewhere and continue with focusing on the PaaS related topics.

 

Cloud Strategy

 

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The most anticipated part by many was when Björn started to talk about SAP's cloud strategy and especially the central role of HCP herein. The slide he presented surely looked a bit more polished then the version I shared with you in my SAP HANA Cloud Platform - Setting the stage (Part 2) post, yet the message could not have been any clearer: HCP is the designated cloud platform to build new solutions and to extend and integrate existing solutions. He explicitly encouraged the whole ecosystem to try out SAP HANA Cloud platform emphasizing on the free developer edition and free online training via openSAP.

 

Accenture

 

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To demonstrate the capabilities of extending SaaS solutions Accenture was invited on stage to present one of their applications that seamlessly integrates with SuccessFactor's Employee Central. Tobias Bloch, VP North America of Accenture Software for Human Capital Management, showed their Accenture HR Audit and Compliance as-a-Service solution highlighting some of the key benefits of using HCP for such applications. He emphasized on the fact that HCP and SuccessFactors are co-located in the same data centers resulting in optimized security as the data never leaves the DC. (Another would be low latency.)

 

Further reading: Learn more about the solution in the SAP HANA Marketplace

 

 

Apigee

 

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Next, Chet Kapoor, CEO of Apigee was invited on stage to talk about Apigee's mission to power the backbone of digital commerce via enterprise APIs. Personally, this topic has always been one of my favorite usage scenarios for SAP HANA Cloud Platform (see here) and as such I'm happy about this partnership between SAP and Apigee resulting in an API Management product (and more to come). For more information please refer to the following two blogs by Joav Bally:

 

 

API management will certainly become more and more important going forward, especially also considering the impact of topics like Internet of Things (IoT), which are based on APIs. As such, expect more news on that front in the coming months...

 

Demo Time

 

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Björn wrapped up the session with a very impressive live coding session, in which Ian Kimball (some of you sure know him moderating DemoJam) and him used SAP HANA Cloud Platform to develop a mobile application from end-to-end. Starting from the API Management solution to identify the proper APIs, they used the SAP Web IDE to develop a mobile app and pushing it as a native iOS application to a company app store. I believe that demoing this whole process live on stage during a keynote speaks volumes about the ease-of-use and stability of the platform!

 

Outro

 

With that I wrap up this recap of the two keynotes. If you haven't yet done so, I hope this blog post encourages you to watch the keynotes yourself. Either way, if there's one thing I want you to take away from this post then it's that: SAP HANA Cloud Platform is definitely something you should familiarize yourself with. As said, we offer free developer accounts and free training...  Just give it a try - it takes less than 3 minutes to sign up!

As an attendee and presenter at SAP conferences featuring the latest in serious enterprise software innovations, you come to expect a certain environment  when you arrive.  But then the unexpected happens... You walk into a room filled with smiling people, even laughing. Some people wave their hands wildly as they enthusiastically talk with their peers.

And then a paper airplane whizzes by narrowly missing your head...

Then another plane whizzes by - even hits you.

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You might think you took a wrong turn into a co-located conference for some “other industry” at the farthest, most opposite spectrum of Enterprise IT.  That is, until you catch faint sound bites of their conversations;

  • “…  onboarding to the cloud”
  • “… integrating our ERP to Successfactors”
  •   “… data security and governance in the cloud”
  •   “…should we ‘go hybrid’ or should we ‘run our apps side-by-side?’”

 

Surely, you’re in the right place.  And then, another paper plane whizzes by.  That’s when you realize that you’re witnessing IT exces hard at play – but having fun while doing it!


Last Tuesday night at SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas, over 100 IT executives embarked on a quest to learn how to fly to the SAP cloud faster than ever - hosted by Bjoern Goerke, EVP & Corporate Officer, SAP Product & Innovation Technology, SAP SE, and with Elvira Wallis, SVP, SAP Solution and Knowledge Packaging. 

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This is serious business.  Yet participants were hard at play to discover SAP’s best kept secret – how to fly to the cloud faster and smarter than ever by leveraging the best business and IT practices in SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions and expert enablement from openSAP.  Straight from the experts.

For free. Really – you can check them out now at http://service.sap.com/public/rds-cloud and http://open.sap.com.


The evening highlights included executive addresses from Bjoern Goerke and Elvira Wallis, with implementation stories presented by Coeus Consulting about KARL STORZ North America's SuccessFactors integration with SAP ERP HCM, and project lessons learned from Praveen Kaushik, HCM Consulting Principal at Infosys.  They unveiled tips for cloud deployment success and how to leverage packaged RDS solutions for simplified cloud innovation adoption.  Further, Elvira and Bjoern spoke about openSAP’s offering for Cloud related enablement in a cutting edge Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format.

 

SAP provides the downloadable content, enablement and project tools at no additional cost to help  companies prepare, integrate and operate enterprise solutions in  the cloud based on the lessons learned from the experts pioneering the way before them.


It’s cloud innovation adoption made simple. 

At each of the expert Cloud stations, attendees had a chance to dig  a bit deeper in a unique blend of gamified education delivered in two interactive games:

STEP 1: In the first step, attendees completed and filed their "Cloud Flight Plan" which required answering questions about Cloud onboarding basics & supporting tools.  Completing this step allowed participants to win valuable prizes at each Cloud station, and to level up to game #2, the "Ultimate Flight Challenge"

STEP 2:  In game #2, attendees could pit their aeronautical engineering skills against their peers in a duel of paper airplane flight to "Cloud Nine".  But this is nothing like the simpmle paper airplanes you all flew in elementary school.  Take it from John Collins, "The Paper Airplane Guy", and Guinness World Record Holder for longest airplane flight.  These are aerodynamically engineered flying machines with all "the right stuff" to hit the "Cloud Nine" target faster than ever for fun prizes including a really cool limited edition McLaren model race car, and many remote control aircrafts.

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(Pictured above: Attendees queue up to get expert instruction in folding their airplanes)


Throughout the night, over 110 participants made 300+ "flights to the cloud" in engaging games, and learned SAP’s best kept secret for cloud adoption made simple. 


Only now it’s not a secret!  Get the inside scoop on SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions and  openSAP at:

 

Happy flying!

Today we conducted the first hands-on session for the SAP Fiori launchpad – configuring catalogs and tiles, and consuming it as end users on desktops and mobile devices. For all of you who participated and those who didn't have a free seat in the room, please find below the step-by-step video of what we have done during the 2 hours hands-on session.

 

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SAP Fiori launchpad - Content administration

 

 

 

Those of you who joined us onsite and participated in the hands-on session had the privilege to experience our latest innovation from sap_labs_israel – Fiori launchpad running on SAP HANA Cloud Platform as part of the HANA Cloud Portal offering.

 

Thanks Elizabeth Thorburn Sibylle Brehm and Yasser Alqahtani for helping me creating the exercise and the video. And not to forget my fellow sapmentor Simon Kemp for supporting me onsite in the session. Always happy to meet you face-to-face.

 

Enjoy the rest of your saptd!

Aviad

This blog is a personal professional editorial of information captured during the SAP TechEd and d-code.

main Tracks followed:

Technology, Strategy and Innovations

Cloud Integration, Orchestration, and Intelligent Processes




Day 3

 

Today we were lucky enough to find seat in two of the very popular Hana Development Hand-on Sessions.

A Recommendation for those going to TechEd Europe, if you sign up to a hand-on sessions, be early, do not be even a minute late. And if you are late and forced to join the waiting-list; do not be an "arse" to the nice ladies at the door.

The rest of the day we spend in the Road Map and Q&A Lounges slamming the presenters with questions.

 

Development on Hana Hands-On

 

Geo-Spatial Data with SAP Hana

Since Hana SP7 (on-premise or on-cloud), Geo-spatial objects and analytics are available in Hana. Most of the capability and on-database calculation has been ported from Sybase IQ solution for Geo-spatial data. Therefore, it is a very robust tool-set for storing, building, modeling and calculation over geo-spatial entities.

The database modeling is compatible with open standard such as ESRI. The first part of the session illustrated multiple ways to import Geo-data into HANA, from ESRI models, from CSV files with transformation on the Database engine, and from other binary tables in separate db engines. The exercise was shown all the functionality is executed as SQL script, without the need for other ETL or middle-ware tools. However in an Enterprise Landscape, solution as DATA services, Hana Connector, and Cloud Integration will be the preferred methodology.

 

After importing multiple dimensions of data we use the Geo-engine to produce queries and calculation around point, polygon, cluster and buffer analytics.

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To conclude with a HANA XS engine, consuming the data and rendering using open-standard GIS libraries included in Hana.

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The result was a very pleasant eye-candy application; for those who have worked with Geo-Data it is very impressive to have all the functionality to produce Geo-rich application in the same application framework.

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Advanced Data modeling in SAP Hana

One of the most popular hands-on so far. Form talking to several attendant, it was identified that group was a mixture of BW/BI proffesionals and Hana developers. A shared inquiry among the BI professional, is how does Hana modeling fits with BI/BW modeling?

In my impression, the tools and semantics are very similar, between the two disciplines.

 

During this we build a complex data model composed of:

  • Calculation Views
  • Decision Tables
  • Stacking and re-using views
  • Analytic views

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It was a very pleasant experience to see how intuitive the modeling tools in Hana Studio are, how easy one can build and aggregate, cubes, dimensions, calculations, and preview/debug at the same time in graphical, table or analytic mode.

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SAP Hana Portal

 

It has been a couple of year that I have not touched a SAP Portal system to produce web-content. I was captivated by a presentation in on the Lounges, on how to create very quickly, good looking (really good looking ) sites, running on Hana. The presentation included, the creating of widgets via wizards; rendering real-time data from back-end SAP systems, exposed by SAP Gateway.

 

Besides how easy and fast it was to expose backend data, I was impressed by the look and functionality of the content editing from end.

If you have used or seen the created of websites with web businesses as WIX  or FOURSQUARE, you will be happily surprised the new content management approach follows the same  easy, drag-and-drop paradigm. Complemented with the enterprise tools, the XS engine and data analytics of Hana, it opens a very wide set of of opportunities.

 

The portal solutions is part of the Hana license or modules are required.

 

Agile and Release Management Solution Manager 7.1

 

Another Q&A session that caught my attention was about the latest improvements in Solution Manager for agile application life-cycle management.

SAP value propositions, is that customer can perform two core releases each year in landscapes where Solution Manager is used to manage:

  • Impact Analysis
  • Project Blue Print
  • Change Management
  • Release Management
  • IT Project portfolio

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For several years SAP has been producing rich details white-papers, methodology and documentation to achieve an effective TCO over IT landscapes.

The discussion topics have not changed much in the last years, but the screen shoots and slide do look nicer..

 

Networking Reception

 

Pretzels, bratwurst, wine and beer.

 

 


Day 1

Walking around SAP TechEd & d-code 2014 - Las Vegas: Day 1

Day 2

Walking around SAP TechEd & d-code 2014 - Las Vegas: Day 2

 

Day 4

Walking around SAP TechEd & d-code 2014 - Las Vegas: Closing Down

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