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Month: June 2015

Connecting an ESP8266 to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform

As a proof of concept, I have tried to make a very easy setup of an ESP8266 and flashed it with simple firmware that connects to WiFi and sends temperature sensor data to the new SAP HANA Cloud IoT services. The aim is to have the chip to work in an autonomous mode, meaning that there will be no brokers or bridge involved that are taking messages from the ESP8266 to send it to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. This requires the chip to speak HTTPS though, and SSL has been a bit of the achilles heel of the chip. I…

Fiori 2.0 – The future looks bright for SAP users!

As SAP Mentor, I’m with a privileged few that are allowed to join the internal SAP DKOM (Developer Kick-off meeting), which took place in Walldorf, in February this year. During DKOM, product groups get the opportunity to pitch their latest developments to a larger group of SAP developers and get their feedback. At DKOM, I was totally flabbergasted about a video shown by Maricel Cabahug, who is part of Global Design and User Experience, headed by Sam Yen. The video showed an visionary presentation of what Fiori could look like in the future and how applications basically wrap themselves around the user…

SAP HANA Café S02E04 – Internet of Things

On May 29, SAP and The Next View organised a CodeJam on one of my favorite topics: The Internet of Things. SAP has brought the Node.js-based Tessel development boards to experiment with. Of course, the emphasis shouldn’t be on the hardware and soldering, but on connecting them to the SAP Hana Cloud. I must say, this Tessel is quite a nifty little board that’s extremely easy to program. On the other hand, I also felt powerless when it decided to reboot out of nothing, perhaps due to some very hot-off-the-press firmware? Thing is that it did play nice with the HANA Cloud…

ESP8266 programming from Eclipse

As most people developing SAP solutions are currently using Eclipse for their edge projects, I thought it would be convenient to write a blog on how to connect your Eclipse environment to the ESP8266. Step 0: Get some ESP8266 chips and connect one to your computer The ESP8266 chips can be bought from various sources. Great resources to get the chip are Ebay, AliExpress or Banggood. You can buy the bare ones, but you can also buy a development board along with it. I’d highly recommend to buy a development board, because it makes life a lot easier. Most development…

VNSG CDV meetup & Internet of Things

On June 3rd, I had the privilege to address the custom development special interest group of VNSG about the Internet of Things and what SAP’s portfolio looks like in this space. Of course it was all about connecting Things to SAP’s HANA systems, either on- or off-premise. More important was even on how data collected through things are used to add value to the business, not only by just providing a dashboard, but by supporting or even making decisions by combining sensor data with predictive analysis and machine learning tools. Ultimately, businesses would have to completely reimagine and transform themselves…