Last week I took the MOB310 course on SAP (Syclo) Agentry Work Manager and here is my feedback on the course
Firstly its got the wrong title name, this is really the Agentry enterprise interface into SAP which is explained using Work Manager as an example. But that title is not as snappy as “work manager”.
You need to have some exposure to SAP ABAP workbench and understand BAPI’s and BAPI wrapper classes before coming on the course, and an understanding of Java helps as well. Also a knowledge of Object orientated programming is needed as you need to understand what you are cutting and pasting, this is not a course for non-programmers.
My first surprise on the course was the amount of coding you need to do at the backend to get Syclo to interface. I am used to SUP which appears at first just to have a click, drop and drag interface with SAP. But I soon came to realise that whenever I had used SUP there was always a lot of BAPI wrapper work to do before it was safe to interface, whereas with Syclo a lot of the standard SAP code has already been interfaced into using the Enhancement framework. So the amount of coding was being caused by a robust interface strategy. The Syclo way here is definately better.
My second surprise on the course was the amount of Java coding needed to get Agentry server working. However many of these Java classes are very simular in structure with simply the field names being changed from object to object. I could not help thinking that these could easily have been auto created as they are in SUP. Maybe I will be plesently surprised when SMP 3.0 comes out, here’s hoping. I made two mistakes in my Java programming and the problems were fairly easy to debug and fix, so I think this interface works.
The Syclo Administration portal was explained well in the course, this does two jobs, the first is to stitch SAP and the Agentry server together and the second is to provide soft coding of the filter parameters. Excellent. This is a tool sadly missing from its SUP cousin.
I recommend this course to all Mobile consultants, not only to those who use Agentry but also to SUP guys using the SAP interface to see how an interface should be coded.
I learned a lot 🙂
See also Blog: taking-mob300-sap-agentry-essentials