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Author's profile photo Stan Stadelman

SAP Mobility InnoJam – Palo Alto, CA

What a phenomenal week!  I just got back into the office after a 31 hour SAP Mobility InnoJam at the Palo Alto SAP Labs COIL facility, where we had 24 developers from 12 customers and partners go hands-on with SUP for the first time, produce an app against a live SAP ECC system, and compete for TechEd 2011 Vegas tickets with a 6-minute presentation to Sybase and SAP’s product executives.

Coding started at about 4:30pm.  No one in the room had any experience with SUP at the start, and the team members were a combination of developers, architects, and business analysts.  They broke into teams of 2-5 around business scenarios that they’d brought with them or shared.  At least one team had prepared service wsdls.  Everyone targeted the Hybrid Web Container, using primarily the Eclipse-based designer, and a few of the 8 teams wrote directly to the HTML and JavaScript.

I caught up with the AMD/Satyam partnership at about 10pm, right after they’d succeeded in hooking up the 3rd-party charting library they dropped in the Container to the data coming out of the SAP ECC system, and deployed to the iPad.

The teams broke at 3:30am (though one of the HP Technical Leads went straight through the night), then re-convened early morning to work through to the 4:30pm cut-off.  By brunch the business scenarios were showing definite shape, and included: (team-member organizations)

A few great takeaway stories:  Prithvi, the young man feverishly coding with headphones-in on what would become my personal favorite app (a remote-monitoring app to check SAP system status) turned out to be a Duke EE/BioTech undergrad attending with his father Bala.  His task was to read comma-delimited values out of the Message Value Collection in Custom.js containing the system load data and render in a table view.  Another screen presented color-coded the state of multiple systems.  Bala took the iPad in the raffle, so I’m guessing it was good flight home for father/son.

Father/Son InnoJam Team

The Genentech/Intel/IGT (‘Team Awesome’) partnership who would go on to win the competition had started off with an agressive plan to use location services from the device in the Hybrid Web Container as input to a server-side SQL query to determine ‘Functional Location’ of a maintenance request.  Every object in the company is assigned a ‘functional location’ mask that is associated with a cost center.  The codes for functional locations are virtually meaningless to most end-users, so using the device location to automate the entry will streamline the process for users, and reduce help requests and errors.

Team Awesome - Mobility InnoJam Palo AltoRob Robertson (Intel) Ashish Singh (Genentech) George Rally (Genentech) Raj Chintam (IGT) Brian O’Neill (IGT)

Starting in the morning they were the dark horse–they’d had trouble with the BAPI-MBO interface for the notification creation BAPI, and there was some debate as to whether to use the easier SQL data source in order to meet the competition deadline.  But then the BAPI ‘clicked’, and from there, “we started just pumping out screens”, said Brian O’Neill from IGT.  “Then it was like, you work on this, you work on this, and you work on this, and then we all came together and mashed it together.  Most of the app got written in the last 4 hours.”  The final product was ‘A Day In the Life of A Service Technician’, an app to enable a complete suite of tasks for a serviceman– an impressive leveraging of location-based services to retrieve Functional Location as an input for a new maintenance notification, also calling Google location services to provide a site image for the record.

At 4:30pm coding stopped, and the judging began.  Raj Nathan of Sybase, Sanjay Poonan and Dan Mahowald of SAP, and Tiago Dias of Slalom Consulting (who sponsored the event) viewed 6-minute presentations from each team, asked questions of the participants, then returned after deliberation to award TechEd 2011 Vegas tickets to two winning teams:  the Team Awesome partnership, and Rakesh Palle of Applied Materials, who was the only individual participant.

I want to thank everyone who participated, and the InnoJam team for hosting.  The event was a great opportunity to get to know our developers while they’re hands-on with our SDK, understand their business scenarios, collaborate, and show-off a bit.

There is another Mobility InnoJam in Australia early next week, looking forward to seeing the video.  For more, see photos, follow @SAPInnoJam on Twitter, and show up at DemoJam at TechEd!

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      Author's profile photo Bala Prabahar
      Bala Prabahar

      Both my son Prithvi and I enjoyed attending the event. Everyone who organized this event did a marvelous job. Prithvi-who was nervous on our way to SAP Labs from the hotel-felt home soon after joining the crowd in that hall. I believe it was a life-changing event for him. I'll try to write a blog why I think it was a life-changing event.

      InnoJam event in general is a great idea; Mobility InnoJam is better than great because the focus was on just one product.

      Regarding IPad 2 I won in the raffle, I didn't feel the joy of winning that iPad when I received it(seriously). It was probably because the success of that event and the experiences I had in 30+ hours  'masked' the joy of winning. I realized winning that iPad was cool on Friday while waiting for the delayed flight at the airport. So yes, it was great flight to Atlanta from San Francisco.

      Thanks once again to you and every one who organized the event.

      PS: I'll be attending InnoJam at TechEd, 2011.

      Best regards,

      Author's profile photo Stan Stadelman
      Stan Stadelman
      Blog Post Author
      Bala, it was a true pleasure to meet you and your son and get some time to talk as the competition wound down.  I look forward to seeing you @ Vegas. - Stan
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Bala,

      Thanks for attending and thanks for encouraging your son to play with SAP technologies - I'm glad it worked out for him and I look forward to reading your blog on why it was a life-changing event for Prithvi.

      Congratulations for winning the iPad - I didn't know, as I had to rush to the airport and get on the flight to Australia right after all the demos were done. I can tell you it was definitely worth the trip (and the 2nd sleepless night this week)!

      Congratulations also to the winning "Team Awesome" and all the others. And thanks Stan for your support and for writing this beautiful wrap-up.


      Author's profile photo Bala Prabahar
      Bala Prabahar
      Hi Juergen,

      Thanks for your help. Just incredible how you managed to go to Australia after spending almost 30h with us. I'm planning to publish blog this weekend; I'll let you know.

      My customer is truly excited about our mobile app to check the health of SAP systems and other possibilities. 

      Best regards,

      Author's profile photo Bala Prabahar
      Bala Prabahar
      Hi Juergen,

      Here is the blog explaining why I think Mobility InnoJam was a life-changing event for my son:

      Dukie's Life-Changing Experiences in Palo Alto, CA

      Thank you,

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki
      I was not in Palo Alto to be able to attend, but I should be there for InnoJam before TechEd in Vegas and I am waiting very much for that.

      See you there,

      Author's profile photo Bala Prabahar
      Bala Prabahar
      Hi Vitaliy,

      I'm hungry as well. I miss California. I wish I visited Ca before I moved to Atlanta in 1998 from Florida. Had I visited CA, I would've definitely moved there.
      I'm truly excited to be a part of this community. Being a part of SCN community makes me more hungry.
      I'm looking forward to meeting you in InnoJam in Las Vegas.

      Best regards,