Walking around SAP TechEd & d-code 2014 – Las Vegas: Closing Down
This blog is a personal professional editorial of information captured during the SAP TechEd and d-code.
main Tracks followed:
Technology, Strategy and Innovations
Cloud Integration, Orchestration, and Intelligent Processes
Day 3 and 4
Thursday was tagged as “Throwback Thursday” by the daily communication email attendees receive each day. Most of the session I intended to attend where in the show floor room, either the Lounges or the Q&A stands. It did feel as a “throwback” for the information received during the first 3 days; but this was an opportunity to lay-back around the show floor and do some networking and 1-1 discussions with other experts on the floor.
As it has been expected, and “throwback” from previous year, the main show is still Hana. But for the first time I see a platform which is real, a platform where I want to build stuff, a platform where I want to play, I want my application and solution to run on Hana. Being most of the day on the show floor room allowed me to sneak peak in other sessions track, which have caught my attention during the week.
As an application consultant and integration architect, I take for granted the security that goes beyond authorization concepts in the application layer. We protect application access and data for authenticated user, we segregate duties and and specialize roles for functional roles and system. But how does it work for non-authenticated users? In the media, we have seen several cases of blue chip companies, or huge social websites which are victims of cyber-attack. Data is being stolen, systems are compromised. But how vulnerable or how robust the is the protection of the basis, platform and network layers.
Since the future seems to be hybrid-networks, mixing cloud and on-premise landscape can provide several new challenges in security. But at the same time, it offers new opportunities for server and platform providers to differentiate and add premium value to their services in the security domain.
The security session open another question; How does current IT department and service providers adapt to the new challenges of hybrid landscapes.
I can imagine a lot of new question to basis teams. A couple of years when SAP begun introducing Java-Stack only systems, IT operations had to catch up with the the competence gap that missing ABAP stack leaves. Many new project during those years, and today as well, has to face problems when a new systems was delivered. Many of the post-installation activities has a mix-feeling of being half application and half basis. It has taken a couple of year to bring practices and systems to an efficient manageable process. It seems the same, kind of challenges will be present when moving in Hana on Cloud landscapes.
Very existing months/years to comes now that Hana is ready to be accepted in business at large scale, not only as a Data Warehouse, but as a complete platform for application delivery.
Data modeling with Hana
I attended three sessions regarding data modeling with Hana. I am not a BI consultant my self, but I believe it must be exiting times for them. I would be very exited to have to work with Hana, regardless if it is on-premise, public or enterprise clouds. I was very surprised how intuitive it was to model data, as an Integration Consultant the tools have a very logical flow it you have worked with ETL or middle-ware tools. I drop my jaw in wonders when I see the data I have moves, transformed, replicated, merged, analyzed, calculated, etc, etc, which can be queried and rendered in eye-candy graphs and pivots with fantastic speed and granularity.
I has been a great TechEd, very lightning. My colleague ask me an interesting question on Thursday afternoon: If I would away from the Enterprise Architecture and Integration domain, where would I choose two go. It took me a few minutes to think about it, because I really like Integration as a discipline in Enterprise Architecture. In the current industry technology road-maps, Integration has a very important role. Integration consultant will have to extend their competence toolset. But If I have to move I will try cloud operations technology and architecture. Managing Big data in hybrid environments and the optimizing possibilities when juggling resources between In-Memory, Flash, Disk; very interesting and challenging time to come.
Time to fly back home. 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed my blog this year