Couple of weeks ago we ran the first ever SAP CodeJam in Russia. We were in Moscow together with my colleagues Dimitar Dimitrov and Jordan Jordanov and I’d like to share with you the experiences and impressions we gathered at this event.
The event took place at one of the nice SAP offices in Moscow, on the banks of the Moskva river. Here is the moment to thank our colleagues from SAP CIS Valery Semichev and Irina Popkova for helping us with the organization, sending out invitations to partners, etc. We had around 20 participants, most (or maybe even all) of them from existing SAP partner companies, eager to learn about and try out SAP HANA Cloud Platform. There was even one guy from Kyiv, Ukraine, who had traveled all the way (~ 900 km) to join the event!
We started off with a high level introduction to the platform. Dimitar explained briefly about SAP’s cloud strategy and the role of HANA Cloud Platform in that, the vast opportunities it opens up for developers, and the benefits of the partner program and SAP Store.
After that, we spent some time to help some of the participants who hadn’t set up their trial account and development environment beforehand. And then we proceeded with deploying the first applications – firstly to the local test server and after that to the cloud. Here the samples in the SAP HANA Cloud SDK came really handy for a getting started experience.
Most of our participants had ABAP development and/or BI consulting background, so not that much Java experience – yet they were really motivated, asked and learned at a pretty good pace. For instance, they only needed a quick explanation about JPA and were off to exploring the persistence service examples:
(and yes, I have even unintentionally confused them with the non-existing EntityManager.store() method 🙂 )
The rest of the time we spent to let people experience the platform in “free style” development, help them fix issues they had and answer their questions. There was a lot of questions and some really good discussions popped up in the course.
One of those was around how SAP HANA Cloud Platform can be used to extend SuccessFactors applications. Here of course we were very happy to show the demo video prepared by Krasimir Semerdzhiev showcasing and explaining the concept – and everybody was much impressed.
Overall, I believe it was a very good and successful event. Everyone learned lots of new things and was quite positive in the end that it had been useful for them. And we hope that we have found some new HANA Cloud Platform fans. 🙂
Finally, for me it was both an interesting and very nice experience to conduct practically all talks in Russian. As it turned out that English is not so popular (even in the IT area), I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my Russian was still good – especially as I haven’t been practicing it regularly. 🙂
До новых встреч! 😉
(Till next time!)