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Who needs to learn new Technology? I already know everything I need to get a great Review!

The Rant

I know everything I need to do my job – and do it well.

One of the upcoming Inside Track is in Newtown Square has an amazing line up see this blog , I stole the information from it!  Greg Myers, Derek Loranca, Marilyn Pratt, Tammy Powlas, and Peter McNulty are just some of the people (mentors) that will be there!  Rub elbows with them.  One of the best reasons for an Inside Track is to meet people.  You may even find that a company near you is thinking about SAP.  Or someone has done what you are trying to figure out.  There are so many reasons to go!  See the complete lists of SAP Inside Track plus community events – here.

Now – I promised the people at the Chicago Inside Track that I would contact the speakers and try to get their presentations on line in case you missed one.  Or couldn’t come and missed all their presentation.  So stop take a look at the WIKI and click on the links.   (I’ll also send out another blog dedicated to the SAP Inside track.  But it fit here too.)

You will find the following sessions with links to their presentations:

    • Table Partitioning- What and how?
    • Moving from old to new technology
    • Comprehensive Guide to Data Migration
    • Understanding SAP Business Workflow and how it fits in with SAP’s BPM Strategy
    • Faster and Cheaper Information Governance. Seriously.
    • Dirty Upgrade + Unicode Conversion + Dual Stack Split – What,Why and How
    • abap2xlsx – Generate your professional Excel spreadsheet from ABAP
    • Enterpirse Information Management and how it relates to business processing


h2. SAP Teched –

THE EVENT to go to for the Techie, non-techie, and anyone who wants to learn about SAP.  All levels are welcome.  And there are presentations for all levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced.  Find a lot of information here .

Go to Las Vegas!  Then I get to meet some of you.  Ok – anywhere you go it will be a great event.  

You learn overviews, have hands-on teaching, meet (network with people).  ASUG presentations in general show things you can do – and how they did something.  SAP presentations again in general will show you future technology.  Or if you are on the right release they will show you what you can do.   You get to think about where to apply it.

Learning, fun, vegas, and new friends.  What’s not to like about SAP TechEd?  I’ll probably write a blog dedicated to that as well.  Blogging is fun for me.

h3. So to Wrap it up

I am ranting for those of you that don’t see a need to learn.  For those of you that feel comfortable doing what they do, and who get an excellent review without learning / using anything new.  I am ranting and hoping to pursuade you to take a look at something new.  Use it somewhere.  Then try to keep using it.

I’m ranting at myself.  Some days it just doesn’t seem worth it.  Why take the time?  I wait for the next day for inspiration.  Just a smile from a business user is usually enough to let me know that “new” things are good to know.

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      Author's profile photo Clinton Jones
      Clinton Jones
      Well said Michelle, it is regrettable that sometimes people really just can't see how much more valuable they are to an organization if they know more in the future than they know right now.
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      Sometimes it's really hard to get understanding that we need a little more time to learn / use something new.

      I wish they always understood the value.  But deadlines, projects, limited resources they all have an impact.

      Thank you for the comment!


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      Constant learning and skill upgradation is synonomous to IT be able to sit in a meeting room and understand all jargons one has to be aware of all changes happening around..

      In my opinion, we need not to be a master of every new thing that comes our way, but surely we should be aware of the capabilities of new technology..

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      Agreed!  I'm not sure how one person could master EVERYTHING.  If they did, I'd love to meet that person.

      I would love to bleed less in the battlefield. What a great way of stating learning should be on-going.  I wish I had thought of it!


      Author's profile photo Kumud Singh
      Kumud Singh
      Hi Michelle,
      Was waiting for your blog and here it comes.
      After reading your last blog on GOOD,BAD AND GREAT consultants blog,guess what I did?
      1. I was developing two big reports and had the same design in mind - non-OOPS.
      But then I changed the entire design and made it via classes and methods. I now wonder why I was not doing this earlier even though I so very well know OOPS. Believe me the program is running pretty well.
      2. My second object is on BSPs following MVC.

      Kumud Singh

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      EXCELLENT!   I love to hear a success story.  I'm glad it worked for you.  It's also nice to hear that the programs are running well.  

      Learning is so much fun!  It's great to hear you are expanding into BSPs.  That's one of the areas that I have a lot more to learn about. 


      Author's profile photo Dorian Salmon
      Dorian Salmon
      Those of us who don't learn new technologies are going to be obsolete; both within the SAP environment and also in the broader IT tech environment.

      I too have learned some technologies in the past that I never really got to use; however the knowledge I gained from that learning process was still useful in other areas. Plus I had a lot of fun with it too!

      Most recently, I picked up the book "Object Services in ABAP". I used the material for writing a completely new application using Persistence Objects. Yes, it took a little longer to complete, as there was a learning curve. But in the process of doing this I actually saved time in other areas, as one of the benefits of using this technology was that I didn't need to write a whole lot of CRUD (Create / Read / Update / Delete) logic - the object services do it all for you!

      One thing leads to another - now I'm digging into "Design Patterns in Object-Oriented ABAP". Fascinating subject, and it helps me learn to write faster & better code. Now there's a way to stay relevant in this business .......

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      Thank you for the comment!  You should write some blogs about how you learned and implemented the technology.  That would be very interesting to me!
      I'll have to look into Object Services in ABAP.  I don't think I've read that one!
      Author's profile photo Dirk Wittenberg
      Dirk Wittenberg
      Hi Michelle,
      this is another great blog from you. I totally agree but also I'm full of doubt if the ones you're adressing will read it.
      Probably the ones who are following the blogs on SDN are the ones who know the value of learning.

      But that doesn't diminish the value of your advice.
      I'm using a lot ABAP OO and my co-workers are often sighing.
      If written in good old ABAP you would have to read lines 1 to 10000 of the report and you would know the stuff. If using ABAP-OO you read lines 1 to 500 and you only know which classes you have to look at.
      Ok, that might be more effort at first sight. But in the end the smaller maintainance - effort proofs that I'm right.

      Thank's again for this blog.