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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.





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.









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).







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!






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!




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



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



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



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.





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



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





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



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.





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






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



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!




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.


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. 


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.


(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.


SAP Fiori launchpad - End user experience



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!


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.


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

check back later for updates.

Another exciting day for SAP API Management and Gateway team at TechEd && D-Code Las Vegas! A huge number of participants eagerly waited to enter the show floor before it opens this morning. We kicked off the day with two interesting hands-on sessions, followed by Expert Networking sessions, lectures, demos and Q&A sessions. We were much excited to see the overwhelming participants everywhere.


INT260 Develop an E2E integration scenario with SAP Gateway, SAP HANA and SAPUI5


It was impressive to see an amazing turn out at 8 AM. In this hands-on session, SAP's Joerg Singler, Tatjana Pfeifer and Oliver Liemert guided attendees to

  • Develop an SAP Fiori-style app in an end-to-end scenario
  • Walk through the development and extension of an SAP Gateway OData service consisting of SAP HANA-based views and other datasources
  • Generate and extend an SAP Fiori-style app with SAPUI5 and the new SAP River Rapid Development Environment

If you have missed it, make sure to reserve your spot when it is delivered again on Thursday 02:15 PM - 06:15 PM in San Polo 3404.


INT262 OData in SAP HANA Cloud Integration


Yet another interesting hands-on session delivered by SAP's Joav Bally and Mustafa Saglam. This session features the end-to-end process of provisioning OData services in SAP HANA Cloud Integration by mashing up several APIs from various SAP and non-SAP datasources. If you have missed it, our SAP executives are presenting it again on Thursday 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM in San Polo 3503. Hope to see you there!



EXP17817 SAP API Management: Leveraging your digital assets to unleash API economy


One of our well visited speaker networking sessions presented by Himanshu Pande. He explained about our new solution SAP API Management that can help you manage and publish Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in a secure and scalable manner. This session focused on how SAP API Management allows you to leverage your digital assets in such a way that they can lead you to a whole new world – the API-based economy and its impacts on businesses.


EXP17596 Integration Gateway in SAP Mobile Platform 3.0


The integration gateway is the component in SAP Mobile Platform that supports connectivity to various back ends (data sources). Mustafa gave a brief overview of the integration gateway, followed by an open question-and-answer (Q&A) session. You can find more details in his blog What's New in Integration Gateway in SAP Mobile Platform 3.0 SP04



INT204 Cutting-Edge SAP API Management and REST


Joav explained conceptually how SAP API Management enables simplified provisioning of secure and scalable application programming interfaces (APIs) by utilizing Representational State Transfer (REST). He networked with a huge number of participants to describe how SAP API Management provides independent third-party developers an easier way of integrating with SAP applications and how it streamlines the API development experience with built-in integration with SAP Gateway technology, the SAP HANA platform, and more. He will deliver the lecture again tomorrow, the 23rd October from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM in Bellini 2003.



Demo Pod 16 Info Zone - SAP Integration Solutions and API Management: Innovative demos and Q&As

A visitor at the event having fun trying out our Google Glass app powered by SAP API Management and Gateway.


One of our experts in the demo booth created a visual reality table using our visual showroom app for people to put drink on   Through a tablet device user can see the augmented reality of an interior design item from a catalog and order product real-time, powered by SAP API Management jointly developed with SAP partner Quantilus.


Fun Events at the show floor

SAP Band performing at the Networking Reception. Sam Yan, playing guitar is responsible for SAP's UI strategy and Mark Finnern, singing is in charge of SAP mentors.






In addition to the above sessions, Our Chief Product Manager Joav Bally presented INT802 Road Map Q&A session on SAP Gateway and how to access data in your SAP systems using open data protocol (OData). He showed where we are and where we are heading for provisioning and consumption of OData services and management of APIs in SAP's technologies, on premise, in the cloud, and on the SAP HANA platform. He also answered the questions from various enthusiastic participants.

SAP's Jens Hüsken and Tatjana Pfeifer discussed modeling and implementation of OData services based on SAP Gateway with some examples in CR704 code review session. If you are interested, make sure to attend the next session on Thursday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Showfloor.

For more exciting actions at TechEd, visit our SAP TechEd Facebook Album. For a full list of lectures, hands-on sessions and Expert Networking events for the remaining days, make sure to check out Ning-Jing's blog Sneak Peek Into SAP API Management and SAP Gateway at Tech-Ed. Have fun and check out this space for Day 3 Highlights!


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Did you see Bjorn Goerke's SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 keynote yet? It was full of really exciting announcements for SAP HANA Platform developers! We collected all the best tweets from our community, and now it's time to show you the best video moments during Bjorn's keynote. Are....you......ready? Watch!

One Truth. One Platform for SAP HANA Platform Development (Tweet this)


Demo of Spatial Capabilities with SAP HANA Platform (Tweet this)


Could You Spot a Digital Business If You Saw One? (Tweet this)


The Fiori Concept is About Making Things Simpler. (Tweet this)


Entertaining Demo of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Tweet this)


Stay tuned for some more video clips tomorrow! In the meantime, make sure to follow @SAPNorthAmerica and@SAPTechEd for the latest conference updates. Also, if you like digital marketing and social media, make sure to follow me on Twitter - @socialrobinson

With tons of new announcements around making development of cool applications and technology simple, I saw plenty of excitement in the room. With excitement, comes, you guessed, Tweets! In order to capture the excitement around the keynote, here are the top tweets from Bjorn Goerke's keynote during SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 in Las Vegas. Make sure to watch keynote replays and live sessions to catch up on all things SAP tech.


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 2


Key Note with Björn Goerke


In comparison to day 1 key note, Björn Goerke went into a more details presentation on the the innovation around SAP Hana Cloud integration and gearing up to the new "Internet of Things".


Watch the full keynote here:

SAP Executive Keynote: Björn Goerke | SAP TechEd && d-code


Integration and Orchestration Overview


Is no surprise that hybrid landscapes produce new challenges enterprise architecture practices. We visited an introductory session on the strategy of the SAP offerings in the area of integration and orchestration. The strategic approach of a single point of integration, as visualized during the initial SOA architecture days is long gone. We must accept a multiple integration technologies must co-exist in modern and hybrid landscape.


SAP solutions or tool-set to deal with integration is very clear that could, and in many cases must, co-exist in enterprise landscapes; this products are:

  • SAP Process Orchestration
    • On-Premise integration and process orchestration middle-ware
  • SAP Gateway
    • Technology Add-on to expose business services and in a small footprint, to produce device oriented applications
  • SAP Data Services
    • Data transport and synchronization technology to move and transform data at the persistency layer of landscapes
  • SAP Hana Cloud Integration HCI
    • Integration framework supporting orchestration,transaction, data and messaging services, for cloud and hybrid environments


SAP challenge is to prove all this technologies can co-exist without an excessive cost of ownership and delivery effort. So far the reduction of the footprint of each technology, plus the re-usability capabilities between SAP PO and HCI seem to be a solid start for achieving a low TCO of the hybrid landscape.


We must not forget that other technologies as MII (Manufacturing Integration Infrastructure), SAP FSN (Financial Service Network) or other VANs, Cloud  and on-premise third party solutions, can also be factor in controlling the integration TCO.


The reaction, from the participants in the session I would qualify as rational en emphatic. There is a common understating and acceptance about the solution presented, to be a rational approach to manage the complexity of hybrid environment which already exist.



Development with SAP Hana XS


I decide to sneak in to a hands-on session on development of native application with SAP Hana XS. SAP Hana technology, running on cloud or  on-premise, offers a complete simplified framework to developing application. It is looking good, and you can see the excitement of developer now that the potential is started to sink-in.


The development paradigm follow standard software engineering approach, leveraging over standard ITIL practices as version management, and development collaboration over a single repository.


The tools for development include web-based workbench and a eclipse based Hana Studio, which complement each other in areas as wizards, debug and development tools. The evolution of both tools is bi-directional, meaning that value adding functionality or accelerators developed in the web or Hana studio workbenches, will be ported to the counterpart solution.


SAP Hana XS engine is and integrated application server over Hana technology. The application developed over it take advantage of the performance and functionality offered by the Hana technology. The application development language HTML5 and the Javascript framework provided by SAP UI.


Running XS application over Hana has a very small footprint and overhead. These small overhead is already factored in the sizing tools used by hardware provider or SAP advisory for your Hana environment.


The XS Engines opens, a fantastic opportunity for developer and start-ups to produce new age, high performance on-memory application.


Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M)


SAP has internally implemented a Methodology for govern and advise over the new architecture paradigm that cloud and mobile bring into the Integration landscape.

ISA-M is an extension to SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework, following TOGAF methodology.

It is very satisfactory that SAP has released the methodology they use internally, as a best practice to be used by enterprise and integration architects govern the mobile, cloud, integration and orchestration solution, hybrid landscape require.

Regardless of the type of integration, B2B, A2A, SOA, BPM, on-premise or cloud; architects must be prepared to provide advice over the technology to use.

It has categorized integration to three styles: Process Invocations, Data Movement and User-Centric Consumption.

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This methodology is more important as integration now now composed also Data Warehouse integration and Data Quality, as Machine-2-Machine integration expands its reach in enterprise landscapes.


You can write to mailto:matthias.allgaier@sap.com to join SAP integration architecture community, and have access to the ISA-M template.



The Internet of Things and your Professional Career


As the Internet of Things predicts increasing Machine-2-Machine interaction, future solution will be composed of sensors, data modules, servers and application technology interacting with the Internet in between them.

Under this evolution Software development as an even higher significance over the business execution. Software will be driving business, and the challenge will be to find technology developers who also understand the machines their software will interact with.

As software advisers, developers and technology consultants we need to be included in the business decisions side.

We need to branch out from our specialized expertise, with the mentality of "What would be an alternative to achieve the same solution with a different approach or technology".

At last we also need to be more aware of Laws and Regulation. As technology expert we will be to understand and asses the real impact of regulation over key technology topics as privacy, social and security. We need to be ready to participate and collaboration with law makers.



B2B and Partner Management


The challenges in B2B integration have not changed over the last 20 years. We still deal with several approaches and standards addressing B2B scenarios.

Legacy technologies, which were at some point though to be on the way out, are still existent and used widely.

Therefore the challenge to manage both legacy and modern integration technology will remain with us. SAP B2B add-on is aimed to produce tool to address the challenges using SAP Process orchestration as the unique on-premise B2B solution for legacy EDI and modern SOA interfaces.

SAP B2B add-on has been publicly available for over a year; most recently SAP changed its licensing policy in order to include the add-on as part of the Process Orchestration License.

In the latest released innovation to manage Mass Partner integration has been included as the Trading Partner Manager cockpit. This web based application if meant to simplify the roll-out, documentation and configuration of B2B partners.

SAP is continuously improve the functionality around the B2B tool-set.

The near future innovation to be released to public include.

  • EDI advance monitoring
  • Mass on-boarding of B2B partners
  • Integration Advisory service
  • Operational Process Intelligence
  • B2B for Hana Cloud Integration


Day 1

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

Day 3

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

SAP TechEd && d-code at Las Vegas had a great start with inspiring keynotes, exciting lectures and amazing hands-on sessions. Probably you have wondered whether there is also some new stuff in the BPM space?

Absolutely, our product experts and developers have prepared fantastic content to show you the latest developments for SAP Business Process Management and SAP Operational Process Intelligence powered by SAP HANA. Within the hands-on workshops you will develop your own BPM solutions and smart process apps and explore the instant value you will get from these products.

So welcome to a fabulous BPM and OPInt experience in Las Vegas, join these sessions and talk directly with the experts, you will love it:




Session ID


Session Type

Day and Hour


Integration and Orchestration – Overview and Outlook

Lecture (1hr)

Thurs 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


SAP Operational Process Intelligence powered by SAP HANA

Lecture (1hr)

Wed 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


Unified Inbox with SAP Fiori

Lecture (1hr)

Wed 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Thurs 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Hands-On Workshop


Session ID


Session Type

Day and Hour


Error Handling in BPM-Based Processes Using SAP Process Orchestration

Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Wed 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Thur 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Build SAP Fiori-Style User Interfaces for Mobile Usage of SAP BPM

Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Thurs 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Building a Business Scenario in SAP Operational Process Intelligence

Hands-On Workshop (4hr)

Thurs 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


SAP BPM – Build and Run a Simple Business Process End-to-End

Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Wed 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Building Smart Process Apps with SAP Operational Process Intelligence

Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Wed 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  Thurs 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM




Session ID


Session Type

Day and Hour


Road Map Q&A: SAP Process Orchestration

Product Road Map Q&A (1hr)

Wed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Road Map Q&A: Intelligent Business Operations

Product Road Map Q&A (1hr)

Wed 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


SAP Integration and Orchestration Solutions: Customer Showcase

Networking Session (30min)

Wed 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Intelligent Business Operations with the SAP HANA Platform

Networking Session (30min)

Wed 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  Wed 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Want to get some more information? Be invited to visit our demo pod at the Show Floor / Info Zone: “Integration Solutions and API Management” – Orchestrate your business processes and APIs.

See you! :-)

Even after a full night in Vegas already down, TechEd Day 1 kicked off the morning with a bang for SAP API Management and Gateway.


Björn Goerke, Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer, SAP Product & Innovation Technology led the day with his High-Energy Keynote speech, delivering the message of "One to Infinity", utilizing a unified experience to do anything. He showed how Gateway and API Management come together into a unified product. In case you missed it, you can watch the replay here.



Showing how API Management was a Key component in this unified experience on HCP, in a demo which he was confident enough to deliver live(!), on-stage, he explained how the first step in the experience is exposing services as APIs via the new SAP API Management platform, developed in partnership with Apigee.

To drive home the importance of this partnership, he invited Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor up on-stage to speak about API Management and its role in business.




After talking about the announcement of the Beta release of the Cloud version of SAP API Management, Björn Goerke then demonstrated a real-time business scenario of exposing a service with API Management, designing and creating a full App to consume this data (to read more details about the Beta, see Ning-Jings Blog).


With this energizing introduction to the day, it was no wonder that Product Management Colleagues supporting SAP Gateway and API Management had their hands full through the rest of the day for all the various components that people were clamoring to learn about!


INT802 - Roadmap Q&A SAP Gateway On-Premise & In-Cloud: Hot off the heels of the morning Key-Note, CPM Joav Bally presented the Roadmap for SAP Gateway to a packed crowd, with many people standing due to limited space. It was clear that this was a hot topic! If you weren't able to get in to hear it, Joav will be presenting it again tomorrow, Wednesday, 2pm - 3pm in Theater 4.






Throughout the day, in between packed sessions Info Zone Pod 16 (IZ16) was buzzing with interested people, eager to see the Integration Solutions and API Management demos from staff like Ning-Jing. If you are unable to come by the Pod you can see some videos of what she is showing visitors on the SAP Technology channel here as well as learn more about SAP Gateway here.





DEV360 Advanced OData Service Development with SAP Gateway - Things were no different at the 2 hour hands on session delivered by Himanshu Pande and Mustafa Saglam, speaking to a full-house about Advanced Gateway Topics, . If you missed it, make sure to get in early when it is presented again on Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Murano 3301B!





CJ606 Mini Code-Jam "My first OData service using SAP Gateway Technology" was similarly packed, with some crowding on to the floor in order to participate in learning/fun with some introductory lessons, to get them to develop their first service with SAP Gateway from Peter Ng.





EXP17596 - Integration Gateway in SAP Mobile Platform Q&A: An expert Networking session presented by Mustafa Saglam drew another packed crowd. In case you missed it, he will be presenting again tomorrow morning Wednesday at 10am - 10:30am at Lounge 9, so show up early and make sure you don't miss it!




Every session packed with eager participants, it seems like SAP Gateway and SAP API Management is truly on-fire this year! On top of the awesome presentations already mentioned, partners Quantilus presented their Augmented Reality solutions, Prospace presented their Device Agnostic Mobile Solution Powered by SAP Gateway (currently live at eBay), and Mindset Consulting presented their integration of Google Sheets with SAP Suits via SAP Gateway. There were even more Expert sessions, Hands-On demos, and speaker sessions, and it was only the end of Day 1!


To see more of the exciting action at TechEd, many more pictures are available in the SAP TechEd Facebook Album.




In case it hasn't been driven home enough, so that you don't miss out, it seems like you really should stake out these sessions early to make sure get a chance to get in on all this excitement this year. For a full list of lectures, hands-on sessions and Expert Networking events for the remaining days, make sure to check out Ning-Jing's Sneak Peek Into SAP API Management and SAP Gateway at Tech-Ed. It has a very nice table of events, when and where they will be happening.


Have fun on Day 2 and hope to see you there!


And make sure to Follow us online:

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

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

We have just concluded an awesome first day at TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas, but if you haven't been to the Hacker Lounge on the show floor you're missing out on some great content, demos & chance to try out some cool IoT (Internet of Things) technology... HANDS ON!!!


The Hacker Lounge is immediately inside the show floor and is made up of...


  • Open Source Bar
  • Water Pump Demo
  • Augmented Reality Demo
  • Crane Avoidance Demo
  • Smart Vending Demo
  • IoT Lab
  • The Hub

Firstly you have to come along to the IoT Lab to see the IoT Scarecrow being build and try out using BeagleBone's and Temperature Sensors to push data to HCP. Secondly The Hub has some awesome presentations over the next few days, check out the agenda below...

Wednesday Oct 22

Showfloor hours 1000-2000

9 sessions



Scarecrow Update #2


Smart Mining




Predictive Maintenance


SAP InnoJam Winners


Raspberry Pi and SQL Anywhere


Unpacking the Internet of Things – an SAP Startup Focus Prospective




Scarecrow Update #3

Thursday Oct 23

Showfloor hours 1000-1800

7 sessions



Scarecrow Update #4


Connected Car


Smart Vending


IoT Garden


Smart Green Roof


SAP Review Ninja


Scarecrow - Final


Please follow me on Twitter @ithain

Did you see Steve Lucas' opening for SAP TechEd && d-code 2014? It was sure a spectacle! We collected all the best tweets from our community, and now it's time to show you the best video moments during the 1.5 hour session. Ready, set, view!


The Internet of Things Allows Plants to Send Text Messages (Tweet this)


Going Where No Crane Has Gone Before with the Internet of Things (Tweet this)


How Much Beer Consumption Can Lumira Analyze? (Tweet this)


How SAP is Making Development Easier on the HANA Platform (Tweet this)


Wait, SAP Gave Away a Mustang? Oh Yes We Did! (Tweet this)


Stay tuned for some more video clips tomorrow! In the meantime, make sure to follow @SAPNorthAmerica and @SAPTechEd for the latest conference updates.

From texting plants to machine to helmet communication, we saw some pretty interesting announcements during Steve Lucas' opening keynote during SAP TechEd && d-code 2014. Rather than provide the same old blog re-cap of the keynote, we decided to collect the insight and experiences of the Twitter community! Are you included in the mix? To catch all the live sessions and replays, make sure to hop on over to our virtual event page.


Click on the image to be taken to the full Storify:




Make sure to follow @SAPNorthAmerica and @SAPTechEd for continuing updates during the event.



At the Tuesday Keynote Address, I was struck by the ease of innovation that SAP is providing our customers. While the majority of the speech was making product announcements or giving details about the depth and breadth of SAP’s offerings across the Cloud and On-Premise spaces (impressive all, as usual); the demo at the end was most telling for me.


Doing a short role play exercise; the two presenters (one “Developer” and one Business user – “The Guy with the Tie”) created a mobile front end to an Insurance adjuster application, deployed it to the company store and installed it onto an iPad. Now, of course, there were a lot of parts that were
prepared before hand. The API services were already exposed, the infrastructure was already in place, etc., so they were confident their live demo would go
smoothly and successfully.


But the interesting thing was; they didn’t type any code. They didn't have any pre-canned modules that they prepared ahead of time. Usually in these demos, there are sections where the presenter has to talk about something the developer needs to do in the real world to replicate the actual results. But in this case, they were able to point, click and drag their way through a live demo.


Why is that important? Because this can be repeated at customer sites almost verbatim. Once the basic plumbing is in place, all of these custom front end applications can be produced as fast as the business (The Guys with Ties) can imagine them. There was no “secret sauce” that they had to use to make the demo work. In a real world version of this scenario, the Guy With the Tie could put in a request with IT (or even attempt it themselves) and successfully create and deploy a new mobile app as fast as the Change Management process will allow.


Couple that with the new capabilities of integrating HANA with Hadoop that I saw in the first breakout session I attended (SAP HANA Big Data Overview and Roadmap) and it became obvious to me that we’re entering a new era of business process manipulation and enhancement through the host of cloud based tools that SAP is offering to our customers.


The next question I’m pondering as I attend more sessions is; As a Technical Architect, what do I need to know and provide to the Guys with Ties at my customers so they'll be successful with these new capabilities?


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