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This week I had the opportunity to be part of a SAP InnoJam event at FH Kufstein, Austria. As a technical coach I supported the teams in all questions about SAPUI5 and mobile development as well as team organization in general. Below I want to recap my impressions of the event.

Preparation and Team Building

Kick off for the organizational team was on Wednesday, 4th of February. After having a look at the location and the setup (which was extraordinary!) we were invited to a little hike by the team of FH Kufstein. They led us uphill to a very nice restaurant. When we were finished with a traditional Austrian dinner, we went home by bobsleigh!

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The Challenges

Workflow Access at your Fingertips

Are you responsible for approving purchase orders or incoming invoices? Do you approve leave requests? Do you authorize contracts or confirm the content of other documents? What about a central and user friendly access to all your workflow items, even while you’re on the way?

Create an innovative and easy to use workflow user-interface!

The Mobile Goods Receipt

In the timber industry, the production planning is very important. Therefore, it’s necessary to know when and in what amount a raw material will be delivered to the factory. On the other side it’s important and required by law that a truck driver has to have a detailed goods receipt which needs to be shown at traffic controls.

Create a mobile application which helps truck drivers as well as the factories to improve the production planning!

Mobile Controlling for Startups

The manager of a startup needs most of his time for the daily business, sometimes even for the production process itself. There is not much time left for controlling tasks. Therefore, he needs an easy to use tool to get an overview of all important controlling information.

Create a solution which provides the right and most important information for a manager to help him making the right decisions in the daily business.

Idea Creation and Presentation

During the first day, 41 participants from 6 universities and 3 vocational schools were divided into 6 groups. They followed the Design Thinking process to generate innovative ideas to solve the given issues. Our Design Thinking coaches helped them to create personas, validate their ideas and build prototypes. The prototypes focused on simple and lean solutions as well as a good user experience.

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Coding

After the Design Thinking presentations, the groups went back to their tables and worked on a concept to realize their prototype. They discussed about SAPUI5, Fiori Design Guidelines and the HANA Cloud Platform. Their ideas were all about mobile apps, which can be used on a smartphone as well as on a tablet device. Furthermore, they thought about using the Fiori Client to use device features like push notifications and camera integration. The ideas included bar code scanner and Google Maps integration. They mainly focused on the user experience and on a simple and self-explaining solution.

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Some of the participants stayed up all night but others took also the chance to take a short nap in the lounge area to get some energy back.

Final Presentations and the Winner

The final presentations started at about 5 p.m. after 20 hours of coding and preparation. The six different presentations included role plays, PowerPoint presentations as well as prototype demonstrations. We as technical coaches had to rank the different prototypes regarding their technical implementation. This wasn’t easy for us especially because every prototype had its own special feature, for example browser push notifications, phone call functions or a native client.

IMG_3218.jpgThe jury, including representatives from the different companies which provided the challenges, had to make a really tough decision by choosing the winner.

Finally, team 6 won this SAP InnoJam! Their solution helps managers to easily get an overview about the company’s situation in areas like financing and production planning. They convinced the jury with a good presentation, clean code and a reasoned business plan.

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(f.l.t.r.: Hans-Peter, Marina, Juliane, Silvia, Martin, Paul, Johannes, Julia, Carsten)

Many thanks to all my coach colleagues Paul Grill, Johannes Staehlin, Martin Grasshoff, Carsten Becker & Marina Brenner, our colleagues from SAP University Alliances Silvia Rathgeb & Juliane Krampe and the organizational team from FH Kufstein lead by Hans-Peter Steinbacher!

Looking forward to the next SAP InnoJam! 🙂

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