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I came in late yesterday for Teched LV coming from Walldorf and woke up early today in Mandalay Bay. LV is crazy like last year but definitely fun as always. Seeing that most of my peers have started heavily blogging and advertising their sessions I thought it might be a good idea to stop the never ending procedure to find sleep and blog a little bit for my session SOA201 (and the related CD210 which is a bit more technical low level meaning I need some support from the development folks in order to survive ;-).

Before I start special greetings to Mark Finnern an company. I have not blogged for a while but the editor is much easier now (at least for a product mgmt person).

SOA201 (for schedule and details, see http://www.sapteched.com/usa/edu_sessions/session.htm?id=96) tries to give you an idea what SAP has planned in terms of its stable core strategy. As I am not an application person I will focus on the technical sides of the house. The stable core strategy was invented to deliver innovation to customers in a rather smooth way. The most painful way is to run an ERP upgrade in order to use some of SAP’s new business processes. This is where the enhancement packages (EhP) of SAP ERP 6.0 come into play. The EhPs allow you to selectively activate business functions step by step according to your business needs rather than doing a big bang kind of approach. Experience from our rampup projects (EhP 2 is currently in rampup) that our customers like this approach. We have a pretty good response meaning both the story and the underlying technolgy are well received.

So, you might think: What the hack is in it for me from a development perspective?

The answer is straight forward: EhPs contain new business processes and Enterprise services. You can use the new business processes to build something on top as an ABAP programmer (CD210 puts some light behind the scenes regarding the underlying switch and enhancement framework, see http://www.sapteched.com/usa/edu_sessions/session.htm?id=97) or as a Java guy use the Enterprise Services with NetWeaver Composition Environment, see
http://www.sapteched.com/usa/edu_sessions/tracksview.htm?id=7

One last thing: we have an update planned for our SAP Press book (Java Programming with the NetWeaver application server which comes into the shelves end of this year ready for Christmas sale, see
http://www.sap-press.de/katalog/buecher/titel/gp/titelID-1480
The update will cover SAP NetWeaver 7.1 Java EE 5, Web Dynpro, Web Services including the composition stuff (Visual Composer, CAF, composite processes)

OK, folks, the sun has risen and the performance of WLAN in the hotel room is pretty weak (I assume Chip Rodgers and team have transferred literally all WLAN capacity to the Teched convention center 😉 and I reached the end of my story anyway.

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