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Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek

Recap SAP Inside Track Eindhoven

Saturday December 12th was the day the first SAP Inside Track Eindhoven: The TechEd XPerience in the Netherlands took off. 30 People gathered in Eindhoven to listen to and discuss with Program SAP Inside Track Eindhoven. How about that? Thirty enthusiastic SAP consultants from 10 different companies join together to share thoughts and ideas on the SAP TechEd: The SAP TechEd XPerience.
The borderless enterprise comes to live when the SCN community works together on an event like SAP Inside Track.

To make sure we could make it through the day, we started with a lunch at 12:00.

Robert Verlaat (Avelon) started with a BPM presentation, “What’s new in SAP NetWeaver BPM 7.2”. In his presentation new features as intermediate events, report steps were pointed out. Also a CE7.1 demo was shown which integrated regular SAP Workflow with BPM and a web service.

Ingrid Bos (Ingrid Bos Consultancy) hosted the first parallel session, “What’s new in ABAP”. Ingrid pointed out her key lessons learned from the sessions she joined at SAP TechEd.

Paul van Os (Oxolution) brought 70 slides to explain about the great new features in SAP PI. Paul first asked who was already experienced in PI, those who answered yes were not allowed to ask questions 😉
PI7.2 brings great performance features with queue handling and tuning. Process monitoring according to SAP takes place in the Solution Manager. We didn’t quite agree on that one. A good monitoring tool with restart possibilities is still to be custom built.

Aleem Mohiuddin (Tata Consultancy Services) presented an overview on Web Dynpro for ABAP. FIRE was always about Form, Interfaces, Reports and Enhancements. Aleem talked a lot about fire, firing plugs to raise events. That shows that SAP NetWeaver development with Web Dynpro for ABAP is so much different from regular ABAP programming.

After a break, used to share thoughts and get to learn each others, we continued.

Norbert Maijoor (TopForce) explained where we stand with the BI / BO integration. No proper BI solution with a solid solution architecture.

Finally me, Twan van den Broek (CIBER) with a hands-on demo on SAP NetWeaver BPM 7.2.
I almost had a no go with my demo. The CE7.2 environment which run so smoothly at home, had severe issues with the network available at the premise. It just didn’t want to start up. Finally with a VPN connection it came to live. Wise lesson: always test your local CE environment without your personal network connection. AND create movies from your demo’s otherwise you may end up with empty hands.
In the demo the integration between SAP NetWeaver BPM and Visual Composer (the SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio version) was shown. Creating an application without a single line of code.
Next to that also the great new possibilities from the Enterprise Services workplace were shown. Find your service, see what example data can be used, test drive the service on an SAP system and download the .sca file to import it into your local Developer Studio. The download not only works for enterprise services, even complete processes can be downloaded and locally adjusted according to your needs.

We concluded this inspiring day with a dinner. I am happy to tell you that everyone had fun and was enthusiastic on the concept. So we are already making plans for 2010!
Relive the event with pictures on Flickr or via the Twitter search with #SAPInsideTrackEindhoven.


Thanks to CIBER for sponsoring the event with the location, lunch, dinner and some goodies.

Next? SAP Inside Track Bonn, February 20th 2010. Hosted by Tobias Trapp and Thorsten Franz.

Let me share a final tip within the SCN community: If there is a SAP Inside Track organized locally – JOIN! There you will learn a lot of fellow community members and for sure you will meet new friends.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Woaw! I looks like you guys had a lot of fun! -:D
      That is what Inside Tracks are all about...have fun and share SAP news...30 people is hugh number so I'm happy and proud about that too -;) specially for you first event.

      Keep on!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Thanks for organizing this in my hometown! 😉
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Unfortunately I was not able to participate. Are videos or slides of the presentations available for download?
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      tnx twan really enjoy this first SAP Inside Track in the Netherlands. Let's be ambitious and try to double next year without losing the good quality !
      Author's profile photo Jan Penninkhof
      Jan Penninkhof
      Too bad I couldn't join, and hopefully there won't be another go-live in the way next year!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Twan, thanks for organizing this event! It was so nice to see and meet so many different people from different companies. Nice sessions too! Where can I sign up for next year? 🙂
      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      You guys in the Netherlands rock!  Good to see community-driven events like these happen.  Thanks for sharing the pics and its fun to start recognizing some of the participants and "meeting" new ones through your intro here.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Thanks Twan, for organizing. The lectures were good, but meeting old & new friends was the highlight of the day!
      I hope to see you next year!

      Jan-Willem Kaagman