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Setup SUSE 12 SP1 for SAP HANA Express Edition

Yesterday I took some time to setup HANA Express Edition on my home-server environment. It would probably have been easiest to just install the VM image. SAP indicates that the VM image is made for VMware and VirtualBox, but doesn’t indicate how much Hypervisor-specific magic it added to this image. As I’m running XenServer at home, I thought I’d not take the risk and go with the binary download instead. I did feel confident that HANA would be running on my Xen hypervisor as HANA runs on Amazon and Amazon runs Xen. The whole process of installing HANA Express Edition…

UI5 Custom Control for QR Codes

A few days ago, one of my fellow SAP Mentors was looking for a UI5 control that would display a QR codes: When I first started experimenting with custom controls, I have been experimenting with a couple of Javascript libraries, including the great QR library by Kazuhiko Arase. I believe at that time, I started experimenting with this library because it was possible to re-render the QR codes without rendering the entire DOM element, a feature that UI5 can leverage in its custom controls. As I still had this custom control lying around, I decided to polish it up and release…

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…

SAP UX Tweetchat with Sam Yen (February 26th)

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to host/moderate a tweetchat with Sam Yen, who is chief design officer for SAP. I knew Sam Yen from a Teched Live interview that I did with him before, and knew about his passions with regards to user experience and design thinking. Sam has been leading the shift from feature thinking to design- and user-experience thinking at SAP. And that is important, as end-users expect much more from their users-experience. While doing their work at the office, today’s users expect the consumer-like experience that they see from their smart devices and consumer applications. Not only is…

SAP Hana Café NL – second edition

The second edition is out now!!! Please find this episode’s topic below: CodeJam SAP River Recap of the event at March 7, 2014 Recorded in English with Inbal Zilberman, Yoram Hod, Fred Verheul, Jan-Willem Kaagman, Jan Penninkhof, Roel van den Berge and Twan van den Broek What is SAP River? What to do as ABAP developer? VNSG focus groep SAP Custom Development Opgenomen in Nederlands met Jan-Willem Kaagman, Fred Verheul, Rob van der Marck, Jan Penninkhof, Roel van den Berge en Twan van den Broek Waarom een nieuwe focus groep Wat gaat de focus groep doen Agenda Kickoff meeting

Reasons why SAP should open-source SAPUI5

Everyone that has been at a recent SAP Teched, or has come in contact with Fiori in another way, knows that SAP is dead serious about UI5, as the UI development toolkit going forward. At SAP Teched 2013, SAP announced that Fiori Wave 2 gets +150 new apps all based on UI5. Fiori will become the new user experience for a consistent experience across all SAP solutions More partners and individual developers inside the SAP ecosystem are also trying to adopt UI5, to keep up with the train that SAP has brought to speed. However, because of licensing issues, many…