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The influence of the SDK for iOS on the SAP and iOS community

On March 16th, we celebrated our annual VNSG developers day. A day fully dedicated to developers and developer topic. We had magnificent content, both from the hearts of SAP as well as the community mostly accompanied by nice demos showcasing SAP’s latest and greatest. One of the nicer demos was presented by Twan, who took a photo of the audience and used Machine Learning mechanisms to recognise faces and perform an age, sentiment, and gender analysis on the recognised faces. The results struck me in a way. Of course we already knew that the majority is male, sentiment on a day like this…

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…

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…

Why you should use MQTT in IoT projects and why SAP should support it

While designing an IoT device, there are multiple options to connect them. Once of the considerations should be the protocol being used to chat to other devices or to a server. Previously, I would have easily chosen to make the interface REST based and have done so with Jeenode project a few years ago. But REST is not ideal as it is designed around a simple request/response model. So you ask “did my account balance change” and the response is returned “no it did not”. So you check again a few minutes later, and get the same response. Sound like…

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 TechEd && d-Code 2014, Geeks Can Dance Band

After the success of 2013’s SAP Jam Band, Mark Finnern also got the band back together at 2014’s TechEd && d-Code, rebranded as the “Geeks Can Dance Band”. And similar to the year before, we once again could count on an awesome audience! 🙂This is a picture of the audience from where I was sitting:   Related: Mark’s announcement

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…

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…

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. It is quite a challenge to pinpoint…