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My thoughts on SAP Teched Madrid from a PI perspective(mostly)

In this post I’ll share my thoughts on the last days of #SAPTECHED and #SAPPHIRENOW in Madrid. Sorry that it took a little longer to publish them.


Jim Snabes keynote: It was impressive to hear about how the company is working and they are getting a lot of new clients and projects. There was a consistent message with previous and that there was support for the ERP stack until 2020. It would be fun to see what is coming as the next generation solution or if SAP can continue to upgrade to ERP for the next 6-8 years. Made me think, what will be the next version of ERP system? Will it require a major project.

Vishal Sikka: Here HANA was the main topic as well as Netweaver information. Think that HANA was able to give a 100.000 improvement on some reports for the Japanese camera distributer Yodobashi.

It was impressive that Redbull was able to migrate way BI to HANA in just 2 weeks, with 1.7 TB of data. If they are able to do it, then lots of other smaller companies do not have that excuse. Maybe Redbull had an unfair advantage in that perspective being able to have people work all night.

Nice to see that it was not just big enterprise companies in suits presenting their use cases.

I guess that a lot of other people have made comments and analysis of how the talks were and what they mean. This is just my ideas about them.


PMC 166 combining sap Netweaver BRM and SAP PI.

This was my only hands on session for this Teched. It seems fairly simple to use some of the Business Rules from BRM in the PI and the BPMs. It does make everything to let the business make the rules themselves. The developer will start with the initial rules and then the business has a portal to manage and update the rules. It will be really helpful if it is possible to move away from having business rules created in message mappings.

BPMN modeling

There was a nice lecture around BPMN and how it works. From what I saw it is not something that can easily be dealt with. From a modeling perspective it looks quite easy. There does seem be some areas where you have to think more about what is going on in the process. An issue to take into consideration is how splits are performed and made back to one process. Another issue is exception handling different then in BPEL and what should be done if something happens. It would be a good recommendation to read more into how BPMN works before making too many mistakes.

I learned that it is possible to convert BPEL to BPMN, but BPMN can be made much simpler, because of the nonlinear approach it have. So it will be a good thing to move to a smaller setting.

My documentation session     

I hosted an expert lounge session. There was something like 30 people in the beginning, which was quite overwhelming. It was on documentation, just documentation nothing fancy. It was nice to know that people found the topic interesting. There was a PI session that started after 15 minutes, where the number of participants disappeared.


One good thing about the single stack it that it requires about half of the resources as the dual stack. Since PI is licensed per number of CPUs it can slash the license cost in half. That must be a pretty good business case for migrating to the single stack.

I also heard that the SFTP adapter would be included in the basis license for PI. The other adapters like AS2 will require a separate license.

Modeling in solution manager will also take place in BPMN, so the business side will also need to get their hands into some modeling. It means that they will be better at understanding our code for BPMs. The BPM code will probably end up looking a bit more complex than what is used in Solution Manager, because of the requirement for exception handling.


I did find it interesting to have the SAPTeched and SAPPHIRE co-located. Though I did not go see many SAPPHIRE sessions, I don’t know if they were not in my agenda or if they was not too interesting.

I was impressed with the number of Danes attending the event. I was told that there were 400 Danes at the events. It does looks promising for the state of the projects in Denmark.

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