Now I have my SAP NetWeaver Development Subscription for a year – and I extended the subscription. Today I want to tell you why and I also want to review the last year.
The SAP NetWeaver development subscription
Maybe you have heard something about the SAP NetWeaver Development Subscription; if not then you can check the corresponding sites on SCN. Anyway the pages of the subscription offers you that you have access to the whole SAP NetWeaver software stack and that you have online access to the Virtual SAP TechEd and many more. Maybe you have thought in the past about the subscription – Why should I buy a development subscription? – Today I will give you an answer why the development subscription is very important, not only for the subscribers, also for the SAP customers, partner and the whole SAP eco system.
I needed the subscription, because things have changed…
I have to go back in time to the year 2008. I worked for another SAP consulting company almost for two years and everything was great. Good salary, great colleagues and an innovative environment, but things have changed. I and five other colleagues were unsatisfied with the situation in the company. We decided at that time to found our own company – the idea of FIVE1, our company, was born. You can imagine that a company is not founded within one day, so we started with our business plan. I can tell you the business plan is one of the most important documents during the foundation phase – I will tell you in another blog about the important steps to found a company.
Anyway, part of the business plan was of course how do we acquire new customers? – Or in other words, we need a SAP NetWeaver installation to build demos for a showcase for our customers. Before we founded FIVE1 I became a subscriber, because I was always interested in having my own development system – maybe you can call me a geek. 😉
… and the subscription was the enabler for success
I also must tell you the story about our first demo at the customer. At that time we have had neither our office in the SAP Partnerport nor our own hardware for the server installation.
The first installation was on my own pimped private PC with dual core processor and 8 GB RAM. The SAP NetWeaver installation runs with a good performance on this machine – Never let it be said that a SAP installation requires expensive hardware. 😉 We had our first live demo at our customer based on my private PC with SAP NetWeaver installation and a VPN connection to my private PC at home via dynamic DNS, because I have no fix IP address at home. The network access at the customer we realized via UMTS broadband connection. I can tell you it was awesome – presenting a demo and to know how the infrastructure was set up. At another customer I arrived with my car – and guess, yes I had my private PC in the trunk, because at the customer we had no internet connection so we needed the system with our demo there. My colleagues are kidding sometimes today when I come to the office “Where is our SAP NetWeaver mobile server? Is it in your trunk?”
Of course we have today a better infrastructure, but it is amusing to talk about these stories.
But what I wanted to tell you is, that without the subscription I couldn’t have done this live demos and I don’t know if FIVE1 would have had these projects at our customers without the subscription. I also remember about my last project I developed the solution for the customer on my SAP NetWeaver system – so you can say I did a proof of concept on our system. You see, that the subscription was very useful for me in the past. Also our customers had a benefit from the subscription, because the subscription was the enabler for some proof of concepts and prototypes for the customers.
I always think the subscription is a win-win situation for SAP, their customers, partners, freelancer and the whole SAP eco system. Why? – Because freelancers have the opportunity to educate their self on their own SAP NetWeaver system. Partners and small startups like me with FIVE1 have the chance to build demos solutions and add-ons for the SAP NetWeaver platform for their customers. The customer benefits from the add-ons, the well educated freelancers and startups and of course if there are more consultants then the prices will decrease – think about the supply and demand and you can read it often in the news that there are not enough SAP experts for some topics. Last but not least SAP benefits from the ecosystem, that means from the new startups, which also can sell licenses and from the lower cost for consulting, because then there is more budget for SAP licenses. Solutions that are built by subscribers can complement the SAP products to a great solution. You can imagine you can extend this list with several other arguments. For me it is a necessary step so that the SAP ecosystem will grow in the future. Other software vendors already demonstrated that it is a win-win situation when you think about Microsoft and MSDN subscription.
Future of the subscription
I hope that SAP extends their subscription offer with other products from the business objects portfolio, the solution manager, the ECC 6.0, SAP BOPC and so on which are not part of the subscription.
Usage of the subscription today
But not only in the past had the subscription made my life easier as a consultant. Today I use the subscription to analyze customers issue on my system and solve the issue offside the customer.
I’m also working currently on a book for SAP Press and therefore I also need a system. I also use the subscription for developing small add-ons and solutions, which is the basis for my blogs on the FIVE1 Blog (our blog in German language).
In a nutshell after a year I can absolutely recommend every consultant, freelancer or geek out there to buy a SAP NetWeaver development subscription.