I am happy to share some info on the SAP HCP Technical Academy hosted in Brisbane on 12-April-2016. This is the third event of this kind in the region, and there are more to come this year. We had various attendees representing several customers and partners. The SAP HANA Cloud Platform experts were my colleague Nash Gajic and myself.
We kick started the event with an introduction to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and elaborated on the different services which are available within HCP. It was a very interactive session where we actively engaged with all of the participants to help them understand the various use cases and also enabled them to see how much value they could get out of moving to the cloud. We spoke about the importance of SAP HANA Cloud Connector and its significance in a hybrid scenario and also walked through the installation and configuration steps. We then jumped into hands-on exercises where participants learnt how to configure and setup HCP OData Provisioning service for consumption of an external OData service. We used SAP WebIDE to develop Fiori Applications which consumed previously configured OData services. We also spoke about the value of a good UX Design and the role of Splash & Build prototyping tools. Participants were excited to use these tools, and building a prototype with Splash & Build and publishing it to WebIDE to create an E2E application.
During the lunch, participants had an opportunity to network with peer and understand some of the business challenges they face. It was encouraging to see how they were able to relate to a few of the HCP services as an option to solve their current business challenges. After a lunch break, we shifted to something more interesting (just to make sure no one dozes off). We talked about the role of Analytics in the cloud and discussed the different use cases which are available.
Participants were keen to know more about Agile Data Mart on the HCP and the use of Cloud for Analytics on top of it. We created a HANA MDC database on HCP and created Visualizations using Cloud for Analytics which consumed HANA views created in the HANA MDC database. We then moved on to configure and create Cloud Portal which uses Fiori Launchpad as a site template. The participants got to learn how they could hook up all their applications created so far on the HANA Cloud Portal and publish it for external consumption. Finally, we spoke about Fiori Cloud Edition and the value proposition which customers would achieve by embracing Fiori in the Cloud.
Thanks to the participants for all the hard work during the event.