By the end of the year, the SAP NetWeaver Cloud Labs ‘plane’ will be three months old, a good time to look into the ‘rear mirror’ and also to catch a glimpse of its future flight schedule. So let’s see what happened in 2012 and what exciting ‘stops’ are planned for 2013. 😉
With the announcement of SAP NetWeaver Cloud Labs at TechEd Las Vegas 2012 (I wrote about it in my blog post The story of SAP NetWeaver Cloud Labs), we ‘unloaded’ the first piece of luggage, the SAP NetWeaver Cloud Add-On for Spring Roo, to the public. Next, at TechEd Madrid 2012, we made the second piece available: the SAP Gateway Add-On for Spring Roo. For those of you who haven’t used it yet, this add-on simplifies the consumption of SAP NetWeaver Gateway entities with Spring Roo. The best way to experience both add-ons in action and see their full potential is by working through our end-to-end tutorial.
Since becoming publicly available, the add-ons have gained quite a bit of momentum and have received lots of exciting community feedback:
Several SAP community members started playing with the add-ons almost immediately and deployed their first spring-roo-powered application within minutes. For instance, it took Richard Hirsch less then a day after the release to build his first application and to deploy it. That’s impressive. It looks like that the two add-ons have the potential to become a ‘community-driven component’ for SAP NetWeaver Cloud. Since they’re licensed under Apache 2.0, everybody can openly participate; so, when will you join?
After looking into the ‘rear mirror’, let’s also catch a glimpse of the future flight schedule. For 2013, two cool ‘stops’ are already scheduled: (1) Rapid Application Development (RAD) for SAP NetWeaver Cloud, and (2) the Operations Cockpit (OpsCockpit).
Inspired by Matthias Steiner‘s great blog post “The Way of the Developer” and the excitement around RAD, this is definitely an area to continue working on in 2013: RAD for SAP NetWeaver Cloud. You, the SAP community, have impressively shown the power of SAP NetWeaver Cloud and how easy it is to leverage existing JVM languages and/or RAD development frameworks/tools on top of it. For 2013, we want to continue along this path. Together with you, we want to enable more SAP NetWeaver Cloud services in the different RAD stacks and more frameworks/tools.
Another piece of luggage that will be unloaded according to the flight schedule in 2013 is the OpsCockpit. Recently, I talked to the guys behind the OpsCockpit about their plans for 2013. They expect to unload their piece of luggage in Q1/2013. For those of you who haven’t heard of the OpsCockpit, Ralph Benzinger summarizes its goal as follows:
“The goal of the OpsCockpit project is to provide out-of-the-box runtime intelligence for applications deployed to the SAP NetWeaver Cloud. This runtime information includes data about application performance, resource consumption and cost, and application usage. By deploying the OpsCockpit feature bundles, any SAP NetWeaver Cloud application will provide aggregated runtime information to the central OpsCockpit server, where it can be analyzed by the application owner. This instrumentation requires neither modification nor recompilation of the application and causes only minimal overhead. Runtime information collection can be stopped and restarted anytime without affecting the main application.”
It was a very exciting year for SAP NetWeaver Cloud Labs, with many more great things to come in 2013. Now, it’s your turn. Tell us what you expect from SAP NetWeaver Cloud Labs in 2013. What do you like and what should be changed? What pieces of luggage (not only related to RAD) do you want to see? How can we make your ‘onboarding’ easier and help you bring your luggage on board? Just post a comment, and Matthias Steiner and/or I will help you to get it of the ground…