In the past, dozens of SDN community members created applications that filled white spaces in the SAP offerings. SAPlink by Ed Herrmann and Dan McWeeney or Detroubulator by Morten Wittrock are just two of several dozen projects, currently hosted on other code sharing platforms. SAP wants to give projects like these a home in order to increase their visibility and to help them leverage the power of the SDN community.
With the new platform on SDN, projects will not only be more visible on SDN, they will also profit extensively from the developer and customer community. Project owners can much easier find additional project members to help develop, test and document their add-ons, and customers can rate and give feedback to projects. This will help all parties. More resources mean more and better add-ons filling more feature gaps, and project members will much better understand the needs of their users. Code exchange will be the one-stop-shop for developers and customers.
To support the new platform SAP also introduces new NetWeaver Developer Licenses that allow individual developers to use ABAP programming language and the NetWeaver Composition Environment offering free of charge to develop and share their prototypes on code exchange.
Both the code exchange area on SDN and the NetWeaver Developer Licenses will be rolled out to the larger SDN community by the end of this year. In the meantime, SAP Mentors as well as first pilot projects will get access to the platform as a close beta in order to co-develop SAP’s new co-development platform together with SAP’s top contributors.