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On Friday November 9th, ASUG held its first (and hopefully not last) Development Tools day in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Over 200 Hundred developers gathered together from across the US and Canada to hear the latest ABAP and Java development news as well as to get a glimpse as to where SAP is headed with their user interface strategies and Netweaver platform.

The Days Events

The day had 2 general sessions for all attendees covering SAP’s User Interface Strategy and Netweaver Roadmap.  The attendees could then choose whether they wanted to attend the ABAP or Java Track.  Some of the great topics covered throughout the day were:

  • Web Dynpro (Both ABAP and Java)
  • Enhancement Framework
  • Visual Composer
  • Adobe Forms
  • Java EE5

At the end of the day, we had an open panel discussion with the speakers

Planning and Coordination 

For ASUG, this was a very unique event as the planning committee for this day was made up of both ASUG Chapters and SIGs.  For those of you not familiar with our ASUG structure, Chapters and SIGs do not often collaborate on events such as this.  Our Chapters are typically aligned with regions or states and our SIGs are aligned along SAP technologies, modules or industries.  The following ASUG groups were ivolved in the planning and success of this event:


  • East Tennessee
  • Illinois/Chicago
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina/Virginia
  • Ohio

SIG Communities

  • Enterprise Portals
  • Business Intelligence
  • BITI – Business Integration, Technology and Infrastructure

Special Thanks

A special thanks to all of the following for making this day a great success:

  • Thomas Jung, Peter McNulty and Michael Hill from SAP Netweaver Product Management for providing us great content
  • Cathy Spears and Ravi Bommakanti for their presentations
  • All of our sponsors, without them, we would not have been able to offer this day free to the attendees
  • The planning comittee
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  1. Yariv Zur
    Hi Cristopher,
    This sounds like a very good idea! Any chance you (or someone else) were able to capture comments/feedback to the event which you can share?
    1. ASUG is currently in the process of compiling our feedback from the event.  Similar to other conferences and events, we give the attendees a chance to provide feedback for all of the sessions they attended for the day.  If you have any specific type of feedback let me know.  It would be hard to share all of the information we gather.

      I can tell you that the first question of our afternoon panel discussion was “When is the next Development Tools Day going to be?”.  So in general we got a very positive response to the day.

      1. Yariv Zur
        I wasn’t there (alas), but I’m really interested to find out the feedback the participants had about the products/tools themselves.. Wish lists, pain points, places where the tool roadmap/strategy is unclear.
  2. Thomas Jung
    This was a rather interesting event. I started the day by asking how many people in the room were hands-on day-to-day programmers.  Nearly everyone in the room raised their hand.  It was a very focused crowd – even more so than we get at TechEd.

    This focused group combined with a smaller overall group size then, say the total attendance at TechEd, made the dialog interactive.  It was certainly a different kind of event and one I would love to participate in again down the road. We were also able to cover an amazing amount of topics and material in such a short amount of time.

  3. Tammi Waversak
    I think this is something we (MassMutual Financial Group) would like to be involved with in the future.  I have a team of developer’s and we attend ASUG and Teched events, but this specialized and focused day sounds like it would by so much more productive. 
    I’d like more information if there are plans to hold something like this in the future.
    Great presentations posted out on ASUG – thanks!!
    1. Tammi,

      While a decision hasn’t been made yet of when and where the next development tools day will be, I am guessing we might have something like this in the future.  So far the response has been positive.

      I would say to just stay tuned to the ASUG calendar.

      Chris H.

  4. Marilyn Pratt
    Enjoyed meeting you at Community Day in Las Vegas and very interested to hear about the success of ASUG’s Tools day.  Hopefully your contents can be shared with the global community here as well.

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