Well…this is my first blog that I have ever written on any topic..
I hope that the topic and the thoughts that I am sharing now resonate with a small part of ABAPian world…(if not a large part)…I have been an ABAPian for almost 8 years now with experience in ABAP and ABAP webdynpro. Out of these 8 years, atleast form the last 4-5 years, there has been a constant niggle in my mind of whether I am working on a technology which can serve me in the future years…and the answer for it has always been in grey with a heavy shade of black.
The main reason for this confusion has been that….after few years of ABAP experience, most of the developers feel that hey should move up the value chain and start understanding functional apsects of SAP. I am using the word ‘value chain’ becuase, in most of the projects, ABAP work is increasingly being considered as the least value bringing activity. This naturally drives developers towards functional areas to beocme functional consultants. I am not implying that it is a bad thing…but the reason behind this movement is. The ABAPians should not be made to feel tha they are working on part of the project which is brining least value.
The second reason fo the confusion is…the slew of new technologies that SAP is coming out with. What with HANA, River, ByDesign, Sybase mobility…ABAP is getting dwarfed and is being made to feel like a walkman in the world of iPods. There is not much happening in ABAP world to keep it’s mojo so that developer community is kept interested. Wherever you visit, be it SCN, SAP TechEd or any SAP events, there will not be a single ABAP topic which is highlighted. It seems that everyone wants to join the new technology bandwagon.