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Author: Jan Penninkhof

SAP TechEd 2013 Amsterdam Jam Band

This year we had for the first time a SAP Jam Band in the EMEA TechEd in Amsterdam. It was Mark Finnern who organized it and I am thankful, that I could be part of it. Craig Cmehil came up to me and said, that it should not be named Jam Band. It’s code jam, inno jam, demo jam and band jam he said and I must agree with him. There was not much time for a rehearsal. Even the songs we had to change just the night before the performance. But nevertheless we had a lot of fun. I am…

Caching on SAP Netweaver Cloud Platform

The SAP Netweaver Cloud Platform is an excellent choice for building applications that should be available outside of your premises for e.g. your customers, suppliers or employees. Instead of having to add a new layer of application servers, reverse proxies and networking/firewall rules, to expose these new applications to the internet, you could also just start building on the SAP Netweaver Cloud platform. In many scenario’s a connection to your back-end, to both retrieve and update information from e.g. you ERP system is required though. The cloud connector comes in very handy here, as it allows to do this in…

Debunking “empathy”

In recent blogs, conferences and unconferences, there has been a good deal of emphasis on the importance of empathy in a business environment. And although empathy is definitely important, I just refused to believe that it is the holy grail that will automatically lead to success. Empathy is important. It is the foundation of both altruism and collaboration. Without it, the world and the role of human species wouldn’t have evolved in the way it did. It is also a fact that empathy seems to be disappearing from our current “it’s all about me” culture. Narcisissm is flourishing and this…

Interviewer at SAP Teched Live

During SAP Teched Madrid 2012, I was asked if I wanted to Interview Sam Yen, who has recently accepted the daunting challenge at SAP of improving the user experience. Of course I found this a great honour and couldn’t resist the offer. I was early at the interview location and because there schedule was a little delayed, I had a nice chat with Sam about what he is doing at SAP and have had a personal walk through the user experience booth at Teched, I was impressed by his fashionable taste, he was wearing some pieces from The Fifth Collection.…

SAP Innojam – The geek iron man

On November 11 and 12, I have attended my fourth Innojam. As I’ve never been part of a winning team, it was about time to really my best effort into it, and I think it paid of, as we ended at a shared 1st place. The theme of this Innojam was “Better cities – Better lives”, focusing on urban issues. My team was looking into social aspects in urban environments, in which many people don’t even know their neighbour. In the design thinking session, we have quickly tried to become experts in this area by indulging ourselves into material on…

Customer testimonial for SAP/Phoqus

In my job with Phoqus, I have been exploring to bring some of Phoqus’ solutions to the cloud and have partnered with the product teams of SAP Labs Israel and SAP Labs Walldorf to try to run some of the applications on SAP’s cloud platform and the SAP Netweaver Cloud portal. Although I didn’t expect that we would be recognized for doing something really revolutionary, one day I found an email with the content below in my inbox: Happy to inform you that your solution showcase on Netweaver Cloud has made a great impression on the selection board which was…

Sleeping better with your data in the cloud?

A recent tweet by @sapnwcloud, pointed in the direction of a new promo video about the SAP Netweaver Cloud Service offering. The tweet was followed with a “Tell us what you think”. I’m quite a cloud fan, and thought the video perfectly showcased SAPs Netweaver Cloud service offering. On the other hand, I also found that summarizing what’s in the box doesn’t completely cut it. Many IT managers are considering cloud solutions, but quite a lot of them still experience a feeling of discomfort with regards to extending their operations to the cloud. While using cloud services involving Elastic Stack…

When the River runs dry

It has been awfully quiet around the SAP River platform. After its initial announcement in 2010, private mentor program, beta programs, trials and innojams, the service apparently didn’t catch enough steam for a successful birth. Instead, SAP management has decided to discontinue SAP River platform development, with the exception of SAP Carbon Impact. To me, this came as quite an unexpected move, as most reviews and blogs on SAP River showed a very positive verdict. Reasons for shutting down River One can only guess about the reasons for the shutdown: River is a RAD tool based on data modeling. Is…

Euro crisis for dummies

Best analogy I’ve heard: Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Chicago. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar, so she’s planning to get them to the South Florida Alcohol Treatment center. To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. Heidi keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers’ loans). Word gets around about Heidi’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result,…

How to install HP Array Config Utility (ACU) on XenServer 6.0 or XenServer 6.5

Get and install the software first: If you have XenServer 6.0, you can get it with the commands below. cd /tmp wget ftp://ftp.hpe.com/pub/softlib2/software1/pubsw-linux/p1980463820/v89068/hpsmh-7.3.0-9.i386.rpm wget ftp://ftp.hpe.com/pub/softlib2/software1/pubsw-linux/p640342176/v80069/cpqacuxe-9.40-12.0.i386.rpm rpm -ihv hpsmh-7.3.0-9.i386.rpm rpm -ihv cpqacuxe-9.40-12.0.i386.rpm For XenServer 6.5 you need 64-bit versions of these archives: cd /tmp wget http://downloads.linux.hpe.com/downloads/ManagementComponentPack/CentOS/5.0Server/x86_64/9.40/hpsmh-7.2.2-8.x86_64.rpm wget http://downloads.linux.hpe.com/downloads/ManagementComponentPack/CentOS/5.0Server/x86_64/9.40/cpqacuxe-9.40-12.0.x86_64.rpm rpm -ihv hpsmh-7.2.2-8.x86_64.rpm rpm -ihv cpqacuxe-9.40-12.0.x86_64.rpm And for XenServer 7+: cd /tmp wget http://downloads.linux.hpe.com/downloads/ManagementComponentPack/CentOS/7.2Server/x86_64/10.50/hpsmh-7.6.0-11.x86_64.rpm wget http://downloads.linux.hpe.com/downloads/ManagementComponentPack/CentOS/5.0Server/x86_64/9.40/cpqacuxe-9.40-12.0.x86_64.rpm rpm -ihv hpsmh-7.6.0-11.x86_64.rpm rpm -ihv cpqacuxe-9.40-12.0.x86_64.rpm After installing the software for your version of XenServer, make sure ACU traffic is allowed: vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables Search for: -A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -j REJECT –reject-with icmp-host-prohibited Insert the line below right before the line found: -A…