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And a happy birthday it was … #sitNL 5 year anniversary

Celebrating 5 years of sitNL


On Saturday November 23, it was time to celebrate our 5th anniversary. For the 5th time SAP NetWeaver and SAP TechEd enthusiasts gathered together to share knowledge at SAP Inside Track Netherlands, sitNL in short.

Or to look at it from another perspective, our little event is just the warm up for Haseenah’s delicious dinner party in the evening 😉

Our sitNL birthday cake

Some statistics

The Ciber office was crowded, 62 participants joined for our SAP TechEd XPerience event.

Some participant statistics


  • 52 from the Netherlands
  • 5 from Belgium
  • 4 from Germany
  • 1 from Norway (Thanks for joining Njal 😉
  • 44 different companies
  • 7 customer representatives
  • 12 freelancers
  • 14 from Ciber
  • 3 from Accenture
  • 3 from TCS
  • 2 from Synerscope

Some other sitNL statistics

  • 14 high quality sessions (agenda)
  • 1 entertaining Pubquiz
  • 1 live podcast recording by the Dutch BI Podcast members
  • 1 delicious dinner by Haseenah Penninkhof


Roel van den Berge already shared his personal sitnl experiences. In this blog I’ll try to recap the day in pictures, slides, replays and some words.

Welcome and opening

Twan van den Broek

Practical use of innovations, check out how Mr. Bean uses scissors, his credit card and his socks to create a lunch.

Innovations without practical use or where the end user experience is not taken into account will have a hard time in maturing.




SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Matthias Steiner

Matthias prepared the keynote for Vishal at SAP TechEd in Bangalore 😉

Try it yourself, experience the cloud at

When asked about participating the opensap courses, the majority of the sitNL crowd raised their hands. And made Matthias happy of course.




Visual analysis of relational data with SynerScope on HANA

Niels Willems, Danny Holten

SynerScope is one of the HANA startup companies. Niels joined the winning InnoJam and DemoJam team at SAP TechEd in Amsterdam.

Niels and Danny proved that a good visualization of data is the right starting point for analysis.



Test Driven Development(TDD) Introduction and Live ABAP Unit TDD Coding Session

Hendrik Neumann

First of the packed sessions. Hendrik brought great looking slides and did some live ABAP coding.  He even dared to use the word ‘Fascinating’ for ABAP 7.4. Fascinating is a word that has special meaning to those who attended keynotes by Jim Hagemann Snabe.



What I took away from SAP TechEd with regards to enterprise mobility (and devs)

Roel van den Berge

Our rockstar who even used a rocksong on stage. “Keep on coding in the free world”. His SAP based lyrics even matched the original song “Keep on rocking in the free world”.

Roel managed to include a live demo of the AppBuilder, which was only released a few days before.


“Keep on coding in the free world” movie


Search through your ABAP code base realtime non-HANA

Roy van de Kerkhof

A busy ‘dad’, as Roy’s family recently grew with a third child. Roy’s talk was about a real time search, without HANA (!).  With his solution he made developers life easy at a large international company.




Dutch BI Podcast – live

R. Konijnenburg Xavier HackingJeroen van der A Sven Van Leuken

Two members of the podcast (Xavier and Jeroen) recently finished a new SAP Press book, Getting Started with SAP Business Objects Design Studio. Thanks to them we could give away one copy during the pubquiz.

The Dutch BI podcast took of in … Dutch, of course 😉 They talked about Agile Analytics, Predictive Analysis and reports that have been created in the past.


Video replay


Let’s take that call. Build your own Fiori style (calltaker) app

Leo van Hengel Wim Snoep

Well, here is a note to ourselves. If you include a session about Fiori, SAPUI5, SAP NetWeaver Gateway and some live coding – make sure that your room is large enough. Fully packed is a term that needed to be redefined, people had to stand in the hallway to see and hear Leo and Wim.



Developing a SAPUI5 Desktop UI with the Neptune Application Designer

Njål Stabell

This year the ‘most kilometers award’ goes to Njål who travelled all the way from Norway to show us how to create mobile applications right out of the ABAP workbench using the Neptune Application Designer.


Replay #1

Replay #2


Trends, some live hacking, statistics, SAP Security topics from SAP TechEd 2013

Joris van de Vis

Our long time sitNL friend, Joris, talked about dangerous ABAP commands and did some live hacking. It is scary to see how easy it is to hack into an SAP system. He also pointed out the SAP NetWeaver add on for code vulnerability analysis, a mouth full. Great tool, but additional licenses required 😐





HANA vs RDBMS battles and HANA integration into ABAP 7.4

Wouter Lemaire

How cool to see that new community members step up and take the stage. Wouter did a HANA versus RDBMS battle. And even mentioned Oracle on our SAP event.



Overview of where and how business logic is implemented in SAP applications

Fred Verheul

Although sitNL is a techie based event, Fred dared to do a talk about business rules. It was an interactive session where for example B. Meijs stood up to talk about the separation of concerns.

Somewhere the H-word or The-Word-That-Must-Not-Be-Named got mentioned. But regardless of that, the room was packed.


HANA Control Center (SAPUI5 app) in the Mobile Portal

Tamas Szirtes

Tamas brought his SAP TechEd story on the HANA monitoring app. With that HANA is in control 😉




Floorplan Manager introduction. What is Floorplan Manager, why should we use it and where to start

Robin Vleeschhouwer

Good to see the good old SFLIGHT_LIST pop in at a session on the Floor Plan Manager. Again it is proven that live coding guarantees a full house. Although full house was some kind of an understatement.


Surprise session – please don’t tell me what it’s going to be about!

Thorsten Franz

The online Thorsten stepped in for the real live Thorsten, who got involved in 3 simultaneous projects and was not able to join us IRL. Best alternative was to set up a live stream with Operatics_DE office. In the end that was quite difficult, as we could not manage to get both video and audio.

Thorsten shared his experiences about starting your own company. I only wish I knew that in advance so that I had the chance to evacuate my Ciber colleagues 😆




Sven Van Leuken

Difficult, easy, catchy, … all kind of questions that were collected by our famous quizmaster Sven. Winners could choose one of the SAP Press books accompanied by some hats/shirts and bags from our sponsors.




Mrs. Haseenah Penninkhof

One word: Delicious and Wonderful. Oh no, more than one word. It’s hard to state down in words how we experienced Mrs. Penninkhof’s dinner. We all 😘 our chef.


Some final words

To finalize, some predictions for trending topics in 2014:


Open Source SAPUI5, of course. See Jan Penninkhof’s blog.

Final thanks


More pictures in our sitNL 2013 Flickr album.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great recap which already gets me longing for sitnl 2014 and thanks for being our driving sitnl force!

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Mr Grandmaster Pubquiz. Great how you came up with all the questions.

      Author's profile photo B. Meijs
      B. Meijs

      And what a wonderful event it was. Already looking forward to SITNL 2014.

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Ben, next year a session by you?

      Author's profile photo B. Meijs
      B. Meijs

      I would be more than ready and happy to oblige. ➕

      Author's profile photo Robin Van Het Hof
      Robin Van Het Hof

      Best. SitNL. Ever!!

      I feel genuinely privileged to have attended this event, and am looking forward to next year already!

      Thanks to everyone involved in making this such a success!

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Robin, it was a pleasure to see "how the plan came together" 😆

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      First time at sitNL. Great people and great food.


      1. Roel rocking SAPUI5 open source
      2. Haseenah’s food
      3. Thorsten Franz's call to arms for entrepreneurial spirit
      4. Whiskey tasting with Hendrik Neumann (after hours)

      Thanks to Ciber for a great event

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Njål for coming over and traveling all the way to Eindhoven.

      Author's profile photo Sander Boers
      Sander Boers

      This Roel is 'rocking code in a free world', already made it's way to go viral on youtube?

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      I think Roel van den Berge just needs some more peer pressure. Great that you started it Sander.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Here it is: 🙂

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      And also added it to this blog. Thanks Roel

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      This event needs more Sales Minions in jeans and sneakers 😉 . Always a pleasure to connect with fellow SAP enthusiasts and get new insights. Organization was very good again!

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      Hah sales and SAP NetWeaver - let's prove we can do better 🙂

      Author's profile photo Custodio de Oliveira
      Custodio de Oliveira

      It seems it was a great event. Congrats to you all. Well done.


      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great event. 🙂 See you guys next year!

      Author's profile photo Hendrik Neumann
      Hendrik Neumann

      hi Twan,

      some day you must share with us how you've been able to cover all sessions while we mere mortals always had to decide where to go and that was not easy at all 😉

      Great recap and great pictures! Thanks to you and the whole team of organizers for a great event!



      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Hendrik,

      Thanks for joining and your reaction. This is the paradigm that we face - the better sessions that we can offer, the more difficult it is to decide what session to join. Maybe even harder next year if we add a third track to the agenda. A track that covers BI stuff, if Sven van Leuken and Ronald Konijnenburg are able to attract more BI buddies to sitnl .

      And the whiskey tasting should be a formal closing evening event 😉

      Kind regards


      Author's profile photo Kavindra Joshi
      Kavindra Joshi

      Hi ,

      It was a very nice writeup and I think that in terms of people travelling from different countries this SIT would have the max no. I think there has to be something great in the agenda or any other thing that people travel to this event.


      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      It is any other thing - Mrs. Penninkhof's dinner 😉

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek
      Blog Post Author

      OK, we failed in doing proper recordings 🙁 Sorry for that. I've added the replays that Ali found to the sessions.