SAP CodeJam Wroclaw, November 2016
Date: 18th of November 2016
Location: Wroclaw, Poland
The theme: SAP HANA Cloud Platform predictive service
Wrocław (Polish pronunciation: [ˈvrɔt͡swaf]) is the largest city in western Poland. It is on the River Oder in the Silesian Lowlands of Central Europe, roughly 350 kilometers from the Baltic Sea to the north and 40 kilometers from the Sudeten Mountains to the south.
Wrocław is the historical capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia. At various times in history, it has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia and Germany. It became part of Poland in 1945, as a result of the border changes after the Second World War.
In 2016, the city is a European Capital of Culture and will host the World Games in 2017.
The city is also famous for its 400 dwarfs spread across the streets and next to the historical landscape of the city (Wrocław’s dwarfs).
Our host: Volvo Trucks IT
In 1995, the Volvo Group opened its first truck manufacturing plant in Wrocław and a year later a bus factory.
At present, the factory manufactures over 700 buses a year that are sold to customers all over Europe. The plant provides the region with all types of buses: city buses, intercity buses and luxury coaches.
Volvo IT provides solutions for all areas of the production process and offers its unique skills and know-how in widely understood IT activities. The company’s customers include both Volvo Group companies and Volvo Car Corporation as well as other global industrial enterprises.
The Mission of Volvo IT is to provide effective and cost-efficient IT solutions contributing to the long-term growth of business value for their customers.
Volvo IT’s activities in Poland began in 1999 and is made of highly qualified specialists providing services for Volvo Group and Volvo Car Corporation companies all over the world: e.g. Volvo Buses, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Parts, Renault Trucks, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta, Volvo Financial Services.
The employees of Volvo IT Poland ensure that complex IT systems function properly and meet the current demands of the customers. They also participate, with their partners from the other Volvo IT units, in system development and system maintenance in a number of various technologies including .NET, JAVA, SAP, IBM iSeries, Mainframe.
Another important area of the activities of Volvo IT Poland is the provision of support to IT system users in over 30 countries of the world – from Poland and the majority of the European countries to Brazil, the United States of America or Malaysia. In all those countries the users of almost 100 different business applications are being supported by Volvo IT Poland.
Most participants where from Volvo IT with only few external people. With only 2 person with a predictive background, it was really impressive to see how smooth and easy it was for them to enable, deploy and configure the SAP HANA Cloud Platform predictive services, use a REST client to test the services, and build a small SAPUI5 application to use the services with a sample dataset.
During the CodeJam, we provided access to useful online information, exercises and tutorials but also guidelines regarding the set of tools to use with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform predictive services and to build an application that interact with them.
One key aspect of the session was not only to provide the audience with tips and tricks regarding the technology and the tools but also around common errors and ways to debug problems.
We also allocated some time to have a quick walkthrough of the SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics and its automated “machine learning” algorithms which are at the core of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform predictive services.
As stated before, a CodeJam is not successful unless the attendees manage to code and deploy an app and also share their knowledge and experiences around SAP and other technologies.
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