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Have you ever been wondering how it looks like, feels or smells (may be not ๐Ÿ™‚ at the home of SAP development? Walk the halls, eat the same lunch, outside if the weather is fine? Now you have the chance at the SDN meets Labs:  SDN developers meet SAP developers and exchange ideas, present their latest experiences, learn a lot and have fun doing it. April 7th and 8th the bus stops in Palo Alto.

SDN meets Labs will be slightly different at every stop. Of course we will give you an update regarding SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio as well as Web Dynpro. We are also working on some cool Enterprise Service Architecture(ESA) demos: Create powerful and complex applications without a single line of code! Experience the combination of ESA, Patterns and Visual Composer or the power of the Composite Application Framework where you can use models to generate a complete J2EE Infrastructure. That is what the developers promised to have finished by then and I am curious to see it working.

We will bring in some Palo Alto flavor from the things that are developed here. It has not been finalized, but it will be around: Euclid, high performance BI,  Universal Worklist and Java Workflow,  BI Java SDK, Voice Application Framework, Developing Dashboards with Visual Composer and Visual Composer BI Kit.

The American flavor is brought in by you and your fellow SDN Members like Thomas Jung who this week passed the 5.000 SDN points mark. Congratulations, well done. He just came back from Europe where he implemented WebServices at a subsidiary of the company he works for and WebServices: A real world implementation experience to tell. So if you want to hear the the real scoop come to SDN meets Labs.

I am convinced that there are many more stories like Thomas’ out there and we and the SDN community would love to hear them. So please if you want to present your experiences or thoughts around SAP development please do so by sending us an email to with the subject line: “SDN Meets Labs Palo Alto” and the following information: Session Title, Session Abstract. We have extended the deadline for the proposals to 24th of February.

We will give ample time to talk to the SAP experts that are around. If we are lucky even SDN member Shai Agassi will give the keynote. (He told me he wants to, but can’t guarentee.)

If you are coming, you may want to play around with the new Google maps to find your hotel to stay in. Enter “3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto” and then search for hotels and they are offering a couple. But don’t be fooled, there is a reason why it is still in beta, it looks like they only show the Palo Alto Hotels. For example the very close by Cabana, which is already in the city of Mountain View is not shown.

I think this is a pretty unbelievalble opportunity to spend two days with top SDN and SAP developers in a small setting of about 50 people. It’s  ideal to really tab into their collective experiences and get to a new level of understanding. (Does this sound a bit like I have lived to long in northern California ? ๐Ÿ™‚

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