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From Microsoft to SAP : an exciting journey

Just a few Years Back (Year 2005) ,for a die hard Microsoft fan like me
and a Certified Solution Developer in Microsoft Technologies,i would have never imagined myself in SAP Field.

It all started when suddenly i found myself landed in sap practice.

Having developed web applications for years in jsp/asp and .net,
i was put in the exciting SAP Enterprise Portal Area.

Started with NWDS.
I was used to Microsoft Visual Studio and it was good to see the intellisense feature in NWDS.
Concept of keeping the data in Context was thrilling.
All modeling , little coding, wow !

Quickly understood that if we are in SAP then we must know ABAP
so started Learning ABAP Basics.

No intellisense here ! ABAPDOCU came to help , slowly got the feel how it works.
in Microsoft dotnet we have DataTable Concept and was glad to see the Internal Table
Concept in ABAP. what i like most is when u ask the editor to check your syntax
it guides you very nicely e.g. if you mistyped a field name then it will suggest you  the correct name.

Previously i was handling websites in ASP.NET deployed on IIS.
After JSP,ASP and ASP.NET i had to learn BSP
Now i dealt with SAP Web application Server.
yes, you guessed it right , SICF Tcode and RZ10
Had Fun !

After getting a hang of the things for 3 months
on portal and Netweaver Developer Studio.
we started our implementation project.
Guess what we were working on CAF and GP , Cutting Edge from start !
these were the new things and the only fallback source was sdn.
For any error, we would just paste the text in forum and viola some solution was there already.

After that we started discovering Employee Self Service Applications on ECC5.
and after upgrade to ECC6 , caught up with WebDynpro ABAP.
we have a very experienced ABAP team and they really picked the ABAP WebDynpro very fast.

we implemented ESS applications as a blend of standard SAP ESS iViews
and Custom WebDynpro ABAP Applications in Multiple language.

Learnt a lot from sdn and sap help portal including
1.installing and Configuring the EP7.
1.Deploying ESS Business Packages and Components
2.Applying portal patches through JSPM.
3.Configuring Single Sign On from portal to ECC6.
4.Configuring the parameter login/password_change_for_SSO
5.The Reverse Proxy Server.
6.Mass user Creation
7.Portal Content Translation
8.Portal Content Transports.
9.Creating KM iViews and layout sets.
10.Visual Composer

.NET came haunting again as we developed some .net applications accessing SAP Web services.

in the meantime, started contributing to forums, was thrilled to cross 250 and 500 and 750 Points.

sdn has become inseparable part of my life and i keep on checking it whenever i find some time.
Thanks sdn for everything.

the Journey from Microsoft Technologies to SAP has been thrilling and exciting for me and hope you liked
my First Blog describing the same.

Regards
Rajendra

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      It’s an excellent description of your technical journey. Opportunity, your heard work and talent helps you throughout the journey. 

      Regards,
      Pabitra

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      Former Member
      Good Work Rajendra,

      Hope you can also help us with your experience so far.

      regards,
      Pankaj.

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Sure
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      It’s an excellent description of your technical journey. Opportunity, your hard work and talent helps you throughout the journey. 

      Regards,
      Pabitra

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Thanks

      Regards
      Rajendra

      Author's profile photo Saibal Mazumdar
      Saibal Mazumdar
      I hope you get the best contributor's award this year!!

      Saibal

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Thank you Sir

      Regards
      Rajendra

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Because of your hardwork you got success , My best wishes with you,Best of Luck for next journey in SAP.......
      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Thanks

      Regards
      Rajendra

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Gr8...Gud luck...
      Rock On...

      Regards,
      Lalit

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Thanks

      Regards
      Rajendra

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      good luck
      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Thanks

      Regards
      Rajendra

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      Former Member
      Hi,
      Even I also have a same story like you..was working in Infy in Microsoft technologies ( ASP.Net )and was completely mesmerized with all the features that ASP.Net offers. most commendable is ease of use, rapid development and custom controls and best is you can mix both Java script (client side) and server side code.

      Then moved to SAP 2 years back, first brush with ABAP came as a shocker as i was comparing ABAP with other Microsoft technologies, then slowly realized the power of ABAP.
      Worked in WD4A and liked it at first, but still feel that ASP.Net has much more to offer and as a developer you have more control, where as In webdynpro for abap you have to work with certain constraints.

      Maybe when i'll explore WD4A more than my opinion will change 🙂

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Hi,
      Thanks for sharing your view.
      WebDynpro is very Exciting
      All the best and have Fun.

      Regards
      Rajendra

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Its an excellent description of your journey from Microsoft to SAP. Wishing you learn more and do well .
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      A nice enlightening description of your journey from .net to SAP.  I am very delighted to see that you have the same affection for SAP as you have with .net.

      All the Best for your bright future.

      Vishal

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      thanks
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very Interesting!! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      As i write this comment after nearly 5 years after this blog i am feeling deligted that i jumped into the SAP Train 🙂

      Along this journey i was glad to meet Microsoft again with the Netweaver Business Client !!

      Regards

      Rajendra

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      Former Member

      Happy to see you still enjoy the Technology and not gone to being an excel sheet manager 😆

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
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      Thanks Saibal Boss,

      I still remember you telling me not to leave the Technology Link...

      My next adventure is on EhP 7, Portal on Device,Netweaver Gateway and SAP UI5...

      and i am super excited @ it.. 🙂

      Regards

      Rajendra