After writing an article on the Top 10 SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) Articles of 2011and enjoying Mark Finnern’s Top 25 SCN Blogs of all Timeand The specified item was not found., I started to wonder what were the most popular articles of 2011. Special thanks to Gali Kling Schneider, Sylvia Santelli and Jason Lax for helping me get the metrics (as of Dec 27) which show the following 15 blogs captivated the SAP Community Network and have the title as the most popular and well read articles in 2011. 

  1. Finding SAP HANA Documentation
    Finding SAP HANA Documentation is a bit tricky and I thought it useful to collate available resources into one place. Hopefully this will assist people in the field, and also help SAP to think about where to focus effort.  By John Appleby (9229 page views)
  2. A Spotlight on the New .NET Connector 3.0
    This weblog gives an introduction to the new .NET Connector 3.0 that has been released a few weeks ago. Reading it you will learn why the NCO 3.0 is an important step forward in terms of stability, robustness, and security and see how easy it is to set up connections between .NET applications and the ABAP world using the .NET connector 3.0 with its completely new architecture. By Thomas Weiss (9117 page views)
  3. Next Generation ABAP Runtime  Analysis (SAT) – Introduction
    SAT is the transaction name of the new ABAP Runtime Analysis Tool of the NetWeaver 7.0 EhP2. For those of you who are already familiar with the transaction SE30, the former ABAP Runtime Analysis Tool, transaction SAT is the successor of SE30. SAT offers benefits such as a modern state-of-the art UI, new analysis tools, easy navigation between tools and so on. By Olga Dolinskaja (7039 page views)
  4. Using Excel on HANA
    From the very beginning, HANA has been shipped with an OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO) driver that allows ODBO enabled clients to connect and analyze analytic views in the HANA repository. Those analytic views are cubes that have been modeled with the HANA modeler (which is part of HANA studio).This blog provides some background and points to a nice demo video that has been created by our partners from Simba. By Thomas Zurek (6653 page views)
  5. HANA and BW 7.30 – Part 1
    Over the past few months, I’ve presented on this topic to many customers and colleagues in and outside Walldorf. As there seems to be such a high demand, I’ve decided to convert the underlying slide presentation into two blogs, with the first focusing on the motivation, scenarios and use cases while the second looks at the combination of HANA and BW from a technical angle. Before I start with the first blog please note that the usual disclaimer applies. Everything here has been announced at some SAP event. So I’m focusing on bringing pieces into context rather than revealing something that has not been known before. ByThomas Zurek (6178 page views)
  6. HANA and BW 7.30 – Part 2
    Over the past few months, I’ve presented on this topic to many customers and colleagues. As there seems to be such a high demand, I’ve decided to convert the underlying slide presentation into two blogs, with the first focusing on the motivation, scenarios and use cases while the second looks at the combination of HANA and BW from a technical angle. Before I continue with the second blog please note that the usual disclaimer applies. By Thomas Zurek (6019 page views)
  7. How BW-on-HANA Combines With Native HANA
    There is a lot of wild guessing on how to combine the native HANA tools and assets – like HANA modeler or SLT* – within a BW-based environment. Initially, one might assume a conflict between a completey managed table schema – as imposed by BW – and an arbitray table schema – as created by SLT, Data Services or any other tool. In this blog, I will indicate how such schemas can happily coexist and consequently complement each other in a BW-on-HANA environment. By Thomas Zurek (5617 page views)
  8. Extend your SAP jQuery Mobile web app with HTML5 concepts and Native device features – Part 2
    In Part 1 of this blog we investigated the ease of developing a jQuery Mobile web app connected to an SAP ABAP server and enhanced with HTML5 / CSS3 techniques. Here in Part 2 we look to extend our mobile web application to transform it into a native app using PhoneGap, leveraging native capabilities of the mobile device. By John Moy (5589 page views)
  9. Next Generation ABAP Runtime Analysis (SAT) – How to analyze performance
    The second blog of these series of blogs about SAT devotes itself to the analysis of performance problems and demonstrates how the new tools and features of the SAT help you efficiently to analyze the performance of any ABAP application.  By Olga Dolinskaja (5283 page views)
  10. User Management with SAP NetWeaver Administrator
    Overview regarding user management with SAP NetWeaver Administrator and short example. By Heidrun Reichart (5027 page views)
  11. How to configure product system and technical system to run Maintenance Optimizer
    On the one hand there is the reality of your SAP system landscape; on the other hand, the landscape that you configure in SAP tools is a kind of map. It’s important for the map to reflect your real terrain. This post is to describe with examples how to configure your systems in Solution Manager System Landscape (SMSY) to run Maintenance Optimizer (MOpz). By Tong Ping (4842 page views)
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    @ivanfemia introduces new Code Exchange project abap2gapps that allows your old ABAP to interact with cloud services like Google Documents. By Ivan Femia (4554 page views)
  13. News in ABAP Debugger Breakpoints and Watchpoints , Statement Debugging
    SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP2 brings an expanded set of breakpoint and watchpoint capabilities as well as a new higher-resolution statement debugging capability (of course in the New ABAP Debugger!). This blog shows how to use these new features. By Olga Dolinskaja (4464 page views)
  14. Model-Driven Development in ABAP
    Model-Driven Development is more present in Java than in ABAP, but the emerging ABAP in Eclipse development environment offers the opportunity to establish more MDD in ABAP, resulting in more consistent domain models, better platform-independence, and better conceptual harmonization across technologies. By Thorsten Franz (4414 page views)
  15. Step by Step Installation Guide for SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.02 SP6 32-bit Trial Version
    Step by Step Installation Guide for SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.02 SP6 32-bit Trial Version. By Faisal Altaf (4394 page views)


It is an impressive list of articles and there is no surprise given the focus on HANA that several of the most popular blogs were on this topic. The great thing about the SAP community network is that anyone reading this could be on the list next year as you never know what will capture the attention of the community. Good luck and look forward to reading your upcoming blog.

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  1. John Appleby
    But on a serious note, wow, amazing to be at the top of this list. The weird thing about popular blogs is that you usually have no reason why they are popular. Often they have no right to it.

    Looking at this list, I think we can say a few things about popular SCN posts:

    1) HANA is a very popular topic indeed, with people wanting to learn as much as possible about it.

    2) ABAP remains incredibly important in SCN.

    3) Those reading SCN articles are focussed on their own learning. Informational articles are the best, particularly those that are clear and easy to read, provide detailed instructions or aggregate information from multiple sources.

    4) Primary research is popular. Original articles get a lot of reads.

    And to someone writing content on SCN that they want to be popular, I think these 4 nuggets of information are pretty relevant. Write about a popular topic, with lots of detail, and do primary research/development.

    I would argue that the other 14 posts are probably all better than mine. But thanks to SCNers for reading my content. I appreciate it and look forward to 2012.



    1. Jarret Pazahanick Post author
      Congratulations as you can look back on 2011 with the most read blog on SCN & a blog on your personal site that went viral (going to be hard to top that in 2012) 🙂

      One important thing to note that the most viewed and the best blogs are two different things as yours is a perfect example as I doubt you would have rated this one in the top 5 of the ones that you wrote last year. That said it is always a good feeling when you strike a nerve with the community and a lot of people read your articles.

      My hope for 2012 is that some non-technical blogs can crack the top 15 and maybe the new SAP SCN will help with that.

      1. John Appleby
        I was very lucky – I had a popular blog on each of the sites I write on. The third was my SAP HANA FAQ on the Bluefin Website. I actually spent a long time on this one so I’m glad it got a lot of views.

        Definitely I think the HANA Documentation blog wasn’t such a great piece, but I guess it was popular because no one else had put it all together in one place. If it helped people then I’m good.

        In the end, SCN remains a place where there are more technical developers than anything else. If you take the ABAP programming population in APAC (do the stats on the page views), there’s no way that can easily be beaten by anything. The population is massive.

        So perhaps rather than hope for a top 15 non-technical, just a forum where that content can be shared and read by relevant people, would be enough?

  2. Mark Yolton
    This is well done; thank you Jarret and team for compiling it.  The list itself is an example of one of John Appleby’s four points in that this is original research which provides new insights. I was happy to also note the diversity of the authors on this list; some names were repeated but there was a good range of people, some new names to me and not always the usual suspects, and a variety of topics. 


    1. Jarret Pazahanick Post author
      Thanks Mark and it was impressive how quickly the SCN team pulled together the information (hopefully metrics will also be easy in the new SCN)

      I truly believe that anyone including a first time author could have the most popular blog in 2012 and it would be great to see.

    2. John Appleby
      It’s a good point Mark – I would have no idea about this if it wasn’t for Jarret’s time spent putting the list together.

      I think it proves another relevant point which is if you write relevant content (there are no terrible blogs here), then you will get a lot of views. You don’t need to be a rock star in the community and several rock stars – Tom Jung, Ingo Hilgefort, Chipster, Yourself, to name a few – are notably missing from the list.

      Which should be really comforting for people getting into blogging in 2012.

  3. Peter Inotai
    Hi Jarret,
    Nice collection.
    Maybe it’s worth to add also ABAP category to this blog since you mentioned quite some ABAP related blogs.

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