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HANA Cloud Platform @TechEd – Not to be missed!


SAP InnoJam

It has become a tradition by now to kick-off the TechEd && d-code season with InnoJams and this year is no exception. This time around the event will take place in Palo Alto and resolve around the theme of ‘Internet of Things for the Agricultural Industry‘. Of course, HCP will be one of the key technologies we’ll use and we’ll have subject matter experts on-site to assist where needed. In fact, IoT is a key usage scenario for the HANA Cloud Platform and it’s safe to assume that you’ll hear more about this topic throughout TechEd. Helena Losada has all the details needed here: SAP InnoJam at SAP TechEd && d-code 2014

ASUG Pre-conference

Based on last year’s success we will continue to host a pre-conference session in joint cooperation with ASUG prior to the main event. This year no other than Rui Nogueira will be your host and provide you with a ‘Fast track to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform‘. It’s the perfect opportunity for those not yet (too) familiar with the platform to get up to speed with HCP, its capabilities and common usage scenarios. Not by coincidence, there will also be a dedicated block in which we’ll showcase how-to develop sensor-based applications that communicate with HCP to give you a glimpse of how the platform caters to IoT scenarios.


Personally, I’m really looking forward to the keynotes this year!!!

With Steve Lucas and Björn Goerke we’ll see two of SAP’s most prolific and high-profile executives setting the stage and knowing that both are strong promoters of the platform I expect HCP to get a good amount of airtime.

If Steve pulls off another of his famous upbeat talks [VIDEO] about the value proposition of cloud platforms – as he has done at SAPPHIRE NOW – then we are all in for a ride! On this matter, I’m sharing the perception of Richard Hirsch that having Steve talk about the platform greatly helps to get the attention from the non-technical people in the audience.

As the HCP veterans among you know, HCP was incubated under the leadership of Björn and he was among the first executives to publicly talk about HCP (Announcing: Project River). He’ll most probably share our plans for HCP and the future direction of the platform and address the developers and technical people in the audience in his inimitable style.

Session Overview

There’ll be plenty of sessions related to HCP targeting beginners and veterans alike. Given that more than 50k of you enrolled for our openSAP courses we made sure that we have the right lectures and hands-on sessions to get you to the next level. At the same time we’ll of course continue to provide entry-level sessions for those interested to learn more about cloud and cloud platforms. Here’s the breakdown:

Session ID Title / Abstract Date / Time


Lecture (2hr)

Overview of Development and Extension Platform for SAP HANA and Cloud

Big Data and the cloud rapidly change the way successful applications are built. SAP provides the platform for SAP HANA and the cloud to develop custom code in a professional way. This session provides an overview of development capabilities for SAP HANA native development, ABAP 7.4, and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Speaker: Karl Kessler

Tue, 11:15am – 01:15pm

Thu, 08:00am – 10:00am


Lecture (2hr)

Build, Extend, and Run Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform

SAP HANA Cloud Platform combines the power of SAP HANA with the flexibility of the cloud to build net new industry and LoB solutions, and to extend existing SAP solutions. Learn which services this cloud platform offers and hear how you as a customer or partner can benefit from it. The session includes live demos and real-world examples.

Speakers: Thorsten Schneider and Jana Richter

Tue, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Thu, 10:30am – 12:30pm


Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

SAP HANA Extended Application Services in SAP HANA Cloud Platform with Web IDE

Hands-on exercises to build and debug an SAP HANA native PersonsList application on SAP HANA Cloud Platform with the SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench. Highlights include: SAP HANA native development (aka SAP HANA extended application services) and the benefits of a Web-based design-time that is integrated with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Speakers: Jens Glander and Robert Wetzold

Tue, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Thu, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Build SAP HANA Cloud Applications Which Integrate with On-Premise Systems

SAP HANA Cloud Platform is the platform-as-a-service offering by SAP that enables SAP partners and customers to deploy and use Java EE and HANA XS applications in a cloud environment. In this hands-on session, you will learn how you can use the SAP HANA Cloud connectivity service to integrate cloud applications with an on-premise backend system.

Speakers: Markus Tolksdorf and Jens Hüsken

Wed, 8:00am – 10:00am

Thu, 8:00am – 10:00am


Lecture (1hr)

Extend SuccessFactors Using SAP HANA Cloud Platform Applications

Already using SuccessFactors and keen on becoming part of their partner ecosystem? This session shows you how to start from scratch, build and deploy your first SuccessFactors extension and add a new flow or a completely new module to the system. It’s up to you how your company will differentiate from the competition out there.

Speakers: Stanimir Ivanov

Wed, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Thu, 8:00am – 9:00am


Lecture (2hr)

Innovate and Simplify with Customer and Partner Developments

In this session we focus on: create a competitive advantage by customers and partner developments, simplify and renovate earlier ABAP-based extensions of SAP Business Suite, best practices and role models to quickly start innovations by using SAP HANA Cloud Platform for hybrid cloud/on-premise scenarios, and ensure economic viability of innovation.

Speakers: Wolfgang Weiss

Tue, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Thu, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Unleash SAP Fiori-Like Applications to the Web on SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Learn how to run, extend and maintain SAP Fiori-like internet applications on a public cloud by using new HTML5 application services and tools of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Speakers: Robert Wetzold and Jens Glander

Wed, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Fri, 8:00am – 10:00am


Hands-On Workshop (4hr)

Developing SAP HANA Native Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform

During this session, build a native SAP HANA application end-to-end. This includes: creation of a data model, implementation of business logic with SQLScript and server-side JavaScript (XS), creation of a user interface based on SAPUI5, and usage of cloud services.

Speakers: Rui Nogueira, Thomas Jung, Rich Heilman and John Astill

Wed, 2:15pm – 6:15pm

Fri, 8:00am – 12:00pm


Lecture (1hr)

Troubleshooting Applications in the Cloud

Problems typically happen in production and are usually not reproducible. Applications tend to get slow with significant user load. SAP HANA Cloud Platform allows to debug, profile, and optimize cloud applications. We walk through together the capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform Eclipse toolset and peek into a real productive application.

Speakers: Stanimir Ivanov

Wed, 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Thu. 9:15am – 10:15am


Product Roadmap Q&A (1hr)

Road Map Q&A: SAP HANA Cloud Platform

SAP HANA Cloud Platform combines the power of SAP HANA with the flexibility of the cloud to build net new industry and LoB solutions, and to extend existing SAP solutions. This session outlines currently available features, planned innovations, and the future direction of SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Speakers: Thorsten Schneider

Tue, 12:00pm – 01:00 pm

We, 10:00am – 11:00am


Lecture (1hr)

Integrate Existing Systems and Replicate Data to SAP HANA Cloud Platform

This best practice session shows you how to bring together applications developed on SAP HANA Cloud Platform with your existing systems. Learn about options regarding connectivity, data replication technologies, and process integration based on SAP HANA Cloud Integration and how those can be used in hybrid on-premise and cloud scenarios.

Speakers: Jana Richter and Udo Paltzer

Wed, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Thu, 3:15pm – 4:15pm


Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Secure Scenarios with Cloud Identity Services and SAP HANA Cloud Platform

In this session, learn how to secure access to cloud applications. Based on the SAML 2.0 standard (Security Assertion Markup Language), configure browser-based single sign-on (SSO) scenarios, establish trust to applications, adjust policies and UI branding, and learn how to manage your user base in the cloud.

Speakers: Martin Raepple and Valentin Ivanov

Tue, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Fri, 8:00am – 10:00am


Lecture (1hr)

SAP HANA Cloud Platform – A Security Overview

Security, identity, and access management are top priorities when considering moving applications to the cloud. In this demo-rich session, learn how SAP HANA Cloud Platform addresses these challenges and hear practical guidance on how to use the platform to build and integrate applications that meet your security requirements.

Speaker: Martin Raepple

Tue, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Thu, 8:00am – 9:00am


Lecture (1hr)

SAP’s Platform for Application Development – SAP HANA

SAP HANA drives innovation and simplification. Learn how SAP HANA emerges from on-premise to the cloud. See how it can be used to extend SAP Business Suite applications with Fiori-like UIs, and get a glimpse of SAP’s platform for new and innovative IoT scenarios.

Speaker: Andreas Wesselmann

Tue, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Thu, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

With so many valuable sessions to choose from it’s hard to point out individual ones. Of course, it greatly depends on your skill level and interest on which sessions you should consider attending. However, if I would have to point out must-attend sessions my personal (!!!) recommendations would be the following ones:

Hands-on workshops:

  • DEV164, Build SAP HANA Cloud Applications Which Integrate with On-Premise Systems – Given that hybrid (on-premise & cloud) IT landscapes are the future I believe that this session is the perfect fit for those considering to extend their on-premise business into the cloud. Markus and Jens will teach you all you need to know to start your journey.
  • DEV260, Unleash SAP Fiori-Like Applications to the Web on SAP HANA Cloud Platform – Fiori has been a hot topic recently (and rightly so) and the capabilities that HCP brings to the table to empower you to build your own Fiori-like applications takes it to the next level. Robert and Jens have established a reputation for providing first-class tutorials (e.g. ESPM) and as such you’re in for a special treat if you enroll for this workshop.
  • DEV261, Developing SAP HANA Native Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform – The list of people who run this workshop reads like the who-is-who in developer evangelism at SAP and includes no less than three SAP Mentors. You all heard about SAP HANA as a development platform and if you’re curious to get a first-hand experience than you rather enroll for this workshop ASAP – if there’s a seat left, that is!


  • DEV102, Build, Extend, and Run Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform – This session is the perfect fit for people new to the topic. If you want to get a solid overview than this session is the one to attend. Jana and Thorsten are both working in our Product Management team and as such perfectly suited to get you up to speed.
  • DEV203, Extend SuccessFactors Using SAP HANA Cloud Platform Applications – Stanimir will cover another primary usage scenario for HCP: SaaS extensions. Those interested to extend SuccessFactors solutions or people with an HR focus should mark their calendars!
  • DEV207, Innovate and Simplify with Customer and Partner Developments – Wolfgang will share with you best practices and role models derived from the experiences made with existing customers and partners with a focus on on-premise extensions using HCP.

Roadmap and Overview sessions:

  • DEV100, Overview of Development and Extension Platform for SAP HANA and Cloud – In this overview session Karl will provide an overview about SAP’s development platforms including HANA, ABAP 7.4 and of course HCP. If you want to get up-to-date on that topic, than this session is a good investment of your time.
  • DEV814, Road Map Q&A: SAP HANA Cloud Platform – If you’re curious about what’s to come or want to know more about the recent announcements related to OpenStack and Cloud Foundry then this session is the one to look out for. Thorsten will have all the latest news for you and you’ll be among the first to know.
  • TEC106, SAP’s Platform for Application Development – SAP HANA – Andreas is heading the HANA Platform Extension organisation, so if you want to hear it from the source, then this session should be your pick. He’ll touch upon Business Suite extensions in the cloud, Fiori-like user interfaces and upcoming IoT scenarios based on HCP, in short – all the topics that will dominate the show-floor conversations throughout the event!

CodeJams – Developers Wanted!

The CodeJam sessions are the perfect opportunity for all developers coming to TechEd && d-code to get your hands dirty. Craig Cmehil and team will join forces with experts from the respective development teams to help you experience SAP technologies first-hand in a relaxed atmosphere. All CodeJam mini-editions related to HANA Cloud Platform are listed here, so make sure to add them to your personal agenda! (Remember: seats are located o a first-come, first-serve fashion!)

Not to forget…

Events like SAP TechEd && d-code are the perfect networking opportunity and with so many people from the HCP team on-site it’ll be easy to get in touch with us. Step by our solution pod or reach out to the team via social media (e.g. Twitter) upfront and schedule a private chat with the people you want to meet. For that purpose we have recently compiled an overview of social media savy members of the team: SAP HANA Cloud Platform – Who is who

Last, but no least… make sure to follow our official Twitter account @saphcp as we’ll of course cover the event and everything note-worthy! Looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in just about a month…

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Hello Matthias -

      I think you set such a high standard here for great information presented in a nice way - easy to read and consume.

      Thank you and I encourage everyone to consider an ASUG pre-conference workshop - it is a great way to kick off your SAP TechEd experience - I've been attending everyone myself since 2007.