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This blog post is just a bunch of things I would like to see SAP doing in 2018. I invite you to do the same in your expertise area.

 

2018 has just started! Why not revealing my wishes for SAP in 2018? I do have many of them (124  to be precise). Wishes are separated in broad expertise areas.

 

I wish…

 

ABAP

1 – ABAP in SAP Cloud Platform becomes available and easily accessible for those who would like to give it a try.

 

2 – CDS to have a better documentation, specially when it comes to define what is the result for each annotation

 

3 – External Views to have better support for database types like VARCHAR, BIGINT, DATE, etc and to have that back-ported in all NetWeaver versions which are currently under maintenance

 

4 – BOPF to be back-ported in all NetWeaver versions which are currently under maintenance

 

5 – BOPF gets a better documentation with simple and complex examples

 

6 – ABAP Push Channels to be back-ported as well

 

7 – CL_SALV_TABLE becomes obsolete for real OR gets updated to include overly-requested features like edit mode

 

8 – SE80 / Eclipse to have a better code completion.

 

9 – The default eclipse ABAP perspective to be more useful

 

10 – Eclipse get rid of the “System Packages” option which just lists the first 1000 standard packages (almost all starting with /)

 

11 – SE16N and SE16H transactions to be moved to a “core” package so they’re available in other systems as well

 

12 – It becomes worthwhile creating unit tests in ABAP (it lacks support for mocking) – I doubt 1% of customers do it regularly in custom developments

 

13 – It becomes clear the future role and direction of ABAP persistent classes and if there is no future to be announced

 

14 – Web IDE to become a possible IDE to be used

 

15 – ABAPGit releases many new features (why not be included as part of the switch framework?)

 

SAP Gateway

 

16 – SEGW transaction gets a “refresh” button to update all ABAP artefacts changed while it’s open

 

17 – SEGW transaction enable service generation for oData V4 services.

 

18 – SEGW transaction enable service generation based on normal global classes

 

19 – SEGW transaction to show warnings in yellow and errors in red. There are a few situations today that error are displayed in yellow.

 

20 – SEGW transaction to enable renaming a project

 

21 – SEGW transaction to enable changing a project type

 

SAP NetWeaver

22 – SAP Netweaver trial to be delivered BEFORE each new Netweaver version be released to customers

 

23 – SAP Netweaver trial not to request licenses renewal

 

24 – SAP Netweaver trial to have an effortless installation both on premise and on cloud

 

25 – SAP Web IDE to be provided as part of SAP NetWeaver

 

Fiori

26 – SAP delivers more apps for customers without HANA (will SAP keep negligent about this for 7 more years?)

 

27 -Fiori Apps Reference library stop calling ABAP programs “Fiori apps” – Read more about the Fiori Lie Detector

 

28 – Less effort in useless stuff like the recent Analysis tool announced in SCN and more effort in the items

 

29 – Fiori Launchpad Designer (On premise) to have a decent Icon selector which enables filtering and seeing icon’s name

 

30 – Fiori Launchpad Designer ASKS for a workbench/customizing request each time a new Catalog/Group/Tile/Target Mapping is created instead of remembering your last selection

 

31 – Fiori Launchpad Designer (On premise) to look like the one available as part of Fiori Portal service in CP

 

32 – All cache bugs to be fixed and all /UI2*CACHE* programs to RIP

 

33 – Fiori Theme Designer to be way faster (on premise and cloud)

 

34 – Fiori Theme Designer to be delivered as an NPM module

 

35 – Fiori Launchpad to be open sourced

 

36 – Public sites to be available in Fiori Portal service in CP

 

SAPUI5 / OpenUI5

37 – Less delta between SAPUI5 and OpenUI5 – in other words, open source APF, Fiori Elements, SAP Viz, etc

 

38 – Any developer to be able to generate the complete UI5 documentation including Developer Guide and API reference. It does not work as described here and here

 

39 – Documentation to be available in devdocs

 

40 – More detailed documentation about how to contribute to the library (the purpose of each tool and important file)

 

41 – Some controls to be back ported when feasible

 

42 – Documentation to allow “comments” so people can post more examples themselves in any page

 

43 – Better documentation on Overview Pages, giving detailed examples about each card type and other important topics like variant management and filtering

 

44 – There are webinars presented by the UI5 team on a regular basis

 

BUILD

45 – BUILD becomes open source again (GitHub repository was completely forgotten)

 

46 – There is a commercial plan for individuals/startups with a feasible price

 

47 – SAP BUILD service to be part of any SAP Cloud Platform license and in any region

 

48 – Removes the “limitation” of 5 active projects (when in the end it does not limit anything as it’s possible to “archive” projects and “unarchive” them later

 

49 – SAP BUILD has an option to export the project using a specific SAPUI5 version

 

50 – Prototypes and studies to be accessed anonymously if desired

 

51 – Questions which answers are set to “by performing an action” to be automatically “done” as soon as the user does the action (example, clicking a button or navigating to a specific page)

 

52 – A theme cloud be imported into the prototype (this feature does exists but it’s a mystery how it works fine – always seems to be incompatible with the theme uploaded)

 

53 – A real web service can be consumed inside a prototype

 

54 – I could select templates which are available in a specific release. For example: it does not make sense to prototype an Overview Page if I am in Fiori 1.0. BUILD is assuming that its user have deep UI5 and Fiori knowledge.

 

55 – A project can have multiple prototypes to do A/B testing for example

 

SAP Web IDE

56 – There were an option to “beautify” an xml file like this

<Button
    text="Press me"
    icon="sap-icon://add"
    press="onAdd">

</Button>

 

57 – There are more templates

 

58 – The git client and log are not so limited and have less bugs

 

59 – It is possible to use a yeoman generator to create a new project

 

60 – It is possible to simply rename a root folder

 

61 – Annotation editor could work with no connection with the back end service

 

62 – Outline worked fine

 

63 – manifest.json editor could rename UI5 routes properly

 

64 – manifest.json editor includes fields for important metadata information like root view, router class and ovp cards

 

65 – Regular Web IDE is merged with Full Stack Web IDE

 

SAP HANA

66 – Fiori Launchpad Designer to be available in HANA 2.0 (and in HXE as well) instead of making each developer figure out how a JSON file can make magic happens

 

67 – Fiori Theme Designer to be delivered as a MTA app in HANA 2.0

 

68 – XS CLI to be open source

 

69 – There is a connector for Google Data Studio is implemented

 

70 – Tutorials on how to integrate payment gateway in HANA to enable/disable users

 

71 -Announce features and tools which are far from ready as “beta” – Fiori is a good example of that

 

72 – SAP HANA could trend like redis in sites like StackShare

 

SAP Cloud Platform

 

73 – It is possible to create HANA 2.0 instances in its trial version

 

74 – Trial region to have less timeout errors – specially in Services tab

 

75 – Gamification service to be part of any license

 

76 – HCPms to be cheaper or have different licensing models

 

OpenSAP

 

77 – More courses for specific SAP Cloud Platform services (workflow, tax service, etc)

 

78 – Arduino/Raspberry course

 

79 – SAPUI5 advanced course

 

80 ABAP CDS course

 

81 – BOPF course

 

82 – BRF+ course

 

83 – SAP Open Source Projects course

 

84 – SFSF **practical** course

 

85 Hybris **practical** course

 

86 – Ariba **practical** course

 

87 – Concour **practical** course

 

88 – Leonardo **practical** course

 

89 – Increate the rate of people who finish a course – I am sure many people give up as soon as they lose a week test

 

 

SAP Support

90 – All SAP support team to focus in solving Customer/Partner issue and not in SLAs

 

91 – support.sap.com portal to have less outages (planned and unplanned)

 

92 – support.sap.com to be faster and include different filtering options

 

93 – Publish SAP Notes publicly (without requesting for an S-user)

 

94 – Publish Downloads publicly (without requesting for an S-user) – Why on Earth do I need an S-User to download SAP GUI? What someone could do with it alone?

 

95 – There is a program which suggests SAP notes to be installed based on your version (and obviously that install them automatically)

 

96 – There is no more manual notes, just use something smarter

 

SAP Education

97 – Official courses have a affordable price (10+ minimum wages for a basis ABAP course is not considerable affordable anywhere in the world)

 

98 – Anyone anywhere could try to take a certification exam without having to:

  • do an official course beforehand
  • waiting SAP certification day

 

99 – SAP rename the certification day in Brazil to “in-the-law day” (without doing this any day represents a tile-in sale, which is considered illegal in Brazil). In other words, someone must buy a course in order to be eligible to take a certification exam – which is another sale). Certification day is done two or three days each year in less than 6 capitals.

 

100 – I can take ANY certification exam in my country

 

101 – Learning hub can offer cheaper prices for those who are not interested in **all** content provided by it (aka everybody)

 

102 – SAP Education team don’t be pissed of with SAP Mentors who are teachers in training companies which are not SAP Education partners

 

SAP Mentor Program

103 – Plan more activities for kids, schools and universities

 

104 – Engage smaller initiatives in pairs or small groups

 

105 – Record SAP Mentor monthly meetings

 

106 – People who really deserves to be mentors to become mentors

 

SAP Startup Focus Program

107 – Announce which startups “succeeded” or are “going well” since the start of the program

 

Events

108 – Developer track is back in SAP Forum

 

109 – There is a SAP TechEd in Palo Alto and Sao Leopoldo

 

110 – SAP Inside Tracks to have awesome talks

 

111 – Local meetups to be organised more than ever!

 

SAP Community

112 – SAP threads/questions were 100% moved to StackExchange and retired from SAP Community

 

113 – SAP to be more creative when it comes to convicing people to return to the community

 

114 – Linked profiles recent feature take a step further and enable **merging** profiles

 

115 – Gamification to be back, for real

 

116 – The community could moderate content

 

117 – Downvotes were allowed in blog posts

 

118 – Tags were not handled as categories nor were organised based on language

 

119 – Search could work just once

 

120 – There is a SAP Community mobile app

 

SSO

121 – We are in 2018, is it too early to implement this properly

 

Innovations

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THIS ONE IS MY MAIN WISH

122 – Last but not least, I wish SAP team could create an internal/external Kaggle Team which objective was to join competitions using only SAP products in order to win.

Is HANA, CP, BW, Vora, PAL, SAP PA, Lumira, etc enough to win Kaggle competitions? If they are, why not showing this to the world? (if succeeded) This could generate great use cases for huge potential customers.

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What are your wishes?

123 – I really wish at least one SAP employee responsible for each topic above could read this post and comment on each relevant item.

 

124 – I wish to know your wishes!

 

So, I invite you to write your own blog post (or add a comment below) with your wishes for 2018.

 

Happy new year. Definitely, we all have lots of stuff to work on.

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  1. Tammy Powlas

    Excellent!  I for sure wish SE16N was in Solution Manager (but it’s not).  I always type SE16N in SolMan and of course it errors out.

    I am not sure I follow “Record Mentor Monthly meetings” – these are recorded

    I do like the Kaggle idea…

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    1. Fabio Pagoti Post author

      Thanks for your comment Tammy Powlas!

      I am talking about the Town Hall meetings – It’s very difficult for me to join due to the time they happen but I would like to watch the recording – based on your comment I guess they are recorded and I was not aware of that. I have just searched in JAM for those and I could not find.

      I had just asked this in slack channel if someone can post the link for the meetings.

      I love the Kaggle idea – actually SAP knows Kaggle because it posts data science related jobs there. Can you imagine how this could benefit the each SAP product team as well?

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    1. Fabio Pagoti Post author

      Thanks for your comment Guilherme Lahr !

      That is a great idea – Hackathons and meant for new ideas as well and by restricting the public you are restricting the results.

      That’s why it’s not hard to find people who have just graduated in Information Systems who barely know SAP.

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  2. Paul Hardy

    In regard to the point about Unit Testing.

    You are bang on the money when you say that less than 1% of ABAP developers do this. I am in that small minority and am trying to convince my colleagues, but it is a very hard process. Even if SAP had the best Unit Test framework every invented in the history of the universe it would still be just as difficult, as it is not the way people think, sadly.

    There is a mocking framework – the ABAP Test Double Framework – in higher ABAP releases, and the open source ZMOCKA for lower releases. If you are aware of the former (official one) can you say what is missing in your opinion, then we can start badgering SAP about filling in the gaps.

    Next month I am planning to publish my annual “International Editable SALV Day” blog, though of course nothing is ever going to change……

    If I had a wish list for the year, it would be the incorporation into standard ABAP of the following:-

    • Design By Contract
    • A proper way to store a whole bunch of inputs/expected outputs for use in unit tests in ABAP, rather like the open source ZMOCKUP_LOADER
    • And then fix all the things mentioned in the body and comments of Jelenas’ blog “Things SAP could easily fix”.

    Cheersy Cheers

    Paul

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    1. Fabio Pagoti Post author

      Thanks for your comment Paul Hardy!

      You are bang on the money when you say that less than 1% of ABAP developers do this. I am in that small minority and am trying to convince my colleagues, but it is a very hard process. Even if SAP had the best Unit Test framework every invented in the history of the universe it would still be just as difficult, as it is not the way people think, sadly.

      I agree with you when you say that it’s not a matter of the framework and that the process is hard. In any case I said that less than 1% of the customers do it on a regular basis – it’s just not part of the development cycles we see around, and people who are estimating projects do not have a clue that this is important. You may find some developments using MockA or test double in a specific customers but again – this will be an exception I am sure. Sadly, as you said.

      I confess that I did not tried Test Double as I wanted, but I need to be convinced about that. In any case having this only in release 740 SP9 it a pity.

       

      Next month I am planning to publish my annual “International Editable SALV Day” blog, though of course nothing is ever going to change……

      Let’s dream big! That might happen!! Maybe the development team responsible for doing that have never heard this request as they are not able to login in SAP Community due to failed SSO. 😛

       

      Thanks for writting you wish list as well!

       

      For those who are curious about Jelenas’ blogs:

      https://archive.sap.com/discussions/thread/3689775

      https://answers.sap.com/articles/293741/stuff-sap-could-easily-fix-rant-wish-list-2.html

       

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    1. Jelena Perfiljeva

      This seems to be turning into “wish it forward”, eh? 🙂 CC  Moshe Naveh

      It’s tough to add to both of your posts + comments + my own “stuff SAP could fix”. Overall I totally agree that it sucks that any new features seem to require HANA or at least EHP 7. There are still very many customers running earlier ECC versions quite actively. They’re starting to feel left out and if SAP wants them to continue being customers they still need to pay attention to them IMHO.

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      1. Fabio Pagoti Post author

        Thanks for your comment Jelena Perfiljeva!

         

        I guess if just a few more people decide to post their own wishlist SAP will have work for some years to come just to fix stuff.

         

        I believe SAP stategy of pushing HANA is not wrong, but does not mean putting non-HANA customers aside – This is clearly happing at least when it comes to Fiori. And this is such a nonsense – SAP could implement other apps which work on early versions and which are totally compatible with HANA as well.

         

        There is just 1 FI/CO Fiori app for non HANA implementations (My Spend). C’mon!

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        1. Jelena Perfiljeva

          I totally agree. As Former Member once said, “you can walk and chew gum at the same time”. Working on new products is not a reason to abandon the products that are very much still in use.

           

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  3. Raquel Pereira da Cunha

    Nice way to start 2018 Fábio! Great blog and it lists most of my wishes. As Michelle said, it’s really nearly impossible to add something.

    I add:

    I wish we had more openSAP courses translated to other languages. It already started with the pilot one about Machine Learning which was a fantastic improvement. I hope the idea moves on and all courses have translation available, but I also wish at least some of them could be spoken in other languages, not only translated in transcripts 😉

    I wish people came back to SAP Community. I wish SAP Community found a way to engage people who are currently using other channels like Skype and Whatsapp.

    I wish we had SAP Inside Tracks in every country where SAP has business, specially in Latin America, with local community engaging strongly and speaking in their local languages, which makes understanding and networking much easier.

     

     

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    1. Fabio Pagoti Post author

      Thanks for your comment Raquel Pereira da Cunha !

      Nice one about translations in SAP courses – There a few courses in Chinese but I agree that this could be done for other languages as well.

      I wish people came back to SAP Community. I wish SAP Community found a way to engage people who are currently using other channels like Skype and Whatsapp.

      Based on what I see people use those channels to ask questions, post job opportunities and chitchatting. SAP Community Is not the best place for that so I believe that those channels do not compete with each other.

       

      IMHO people left because the new community is slow and the most effective way of finding some information is by using google. So it’s harder to have people proactively comming here to see what is going on. The home page does not help as well.

       

      People will start comming back when they realize that they are missing/losing something for not coming here regularly. SAP has to reimagine the community and this is not related in any form with the site layout. The process of reimagining the ecosystem passses though looking other communities from Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, Cisco, Oracle, GitHub, TED, Linkedin, Meetup, Medium, WordPress and even League Of Legends!

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    2. Marssel Vilaça

      Open SAP in local languages is a must. In particular for courses more related to business because country specific requirements.

       

      Regarding skype and whatsapp, I think this is an attention point. Even SAP Community stabilished as a good platform the instant message platforms represents a trend today and they will take advantage in volume of participants.

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      1. Claire Donelon

        Hi Fabio,

        I’m responsible for openSAP communications so I’ll take on the responsibility to respond to your openSAP wishes 🙂

        I’m sure you’ve seen that there is another SAP Cloud Platform course starting soon. I’ll call in our expert and friend Sven Kohlhaas and maybe he can comment on any plans for courses with specific services for SAP Cloud Platform.

        Regarding the other course wishes, I can’t tell you exactly what courses will be delivered in 2018 as we get new topics in all of the time. We don’t plan 12 months in advance simply because we respond to what is needed at the time. I’ve forwarded your wishes along to our portfolio owner, Clemens Link. Clemens is always looking for new topics and the right experts within SAP to deliver those topics. Maybe some of the product teams for those wishes can reach out to Clemens directly if they’d like to create a course.

        With the wishes from Raquel and Marssel for additional languages – as you’ve already mentioned, we ran a pilot in December and the team behind the automatic translation tool is working with our team to evaluate the feedback. We’ll definitely keep you all posted on how we hope to move forward with this as soon as we know more.

        Thanks and kind regards,

        Claire

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        1. Sven Kohlhaas

          Hi everyone,

          as Claire already pointed out more is coming for SAP Cloud Platform @ openSAP in 2018!

          The Cloud-Native Operations with SAP Cloud Platform course is already announced and more topics like cloud-native development, analytics, full-stack development, etc. are in the pipeline. If you are interested in SAP Cloud Platform and the openSAP learning format suits you, then you will be able to learn nearly every week thought the year!

          All the best,

          Sven

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        2. Claire Donelon

          Hi Fabio PagotiRaquel Pereira da Cunha , and Marssel Vilaça,

          As promised, I’m letting you know that SAP Translation Hub in a Nutshell will include video subtitles in German, Spanish, and French.

          At the moment, we* are still training the machines to be high quality and so our professional translation colleagues are kindly checking that the course translations are correct and acceptable for our users before we publish the subtitles. This will take us additional time at the start, but we’d like to make sure the translations make things better rather than distract users with bad translations. Our colleagues flagged that the Portuguese was not acceptable to publish at this time so we are not supporting Portuguese for this course – but, the machines are improving all the time and we are getting closer to perfection.

          I hope this is progress that you’re looking for!

          Kind regards,

          Claire

          *I use the term “we” as “SAP” but I cannot accept any kudos for this hard work that my colleagues are performing. I’m merely the messenger 😉

           

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            1. Claire Donelon

              Don’t worry – it’s definitely planned but we don’t want to publish something that’s not up to a good quality. That’s our main concern! Stay tuned!

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  4. Jerry Janda

    Hi, Fabio:

    Items 112 to 120…well, those are items I can address. (Along with Michelle Crapo ‘s addendum.)

    Not at the moment though. Some I know the answers to…others, I’ll have to check with colleagues to get my facts straight.

    And that’s exactly what I’m doing.

    Anyway, Happy New Year!

    Best regards,

    –Jerry

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  5. David Metser

    Hi Fabio,

    i saw a lot of ABAP items in your list so I reached to a couple of Coleuges asking them to take a look and try to respond – i hope that covers your wish to get an answer from the relevant SAP person for the ABAP section at least 🙂

    Dedi

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    1. Fabio Pagoti Post author

      Thanks for your comment David Metser  !

      I appreciate a lot your support on this.

      I am aware that some of the items are probably not done based on strategy, but some feedback from them would be of a great help.

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  6. Veselina Peykova

    112 – if this happens I am afraid that there will be less people visiting the site… #justsaying

    119 – no idea what you meant by that, onedx.find.sap.com works well in the browsers that I use, it just takes some time getting used to it. If you explain what does not work in your browser I can try to help.

    My wish list for 2018 is really short and does not deserve a separate blog:

    1 – All SAP help pages to be displayed correctly in my primary browser (Pale Moon), because for the newer ones I get a blank screen and some older help pages look garbled in all my browsers.

    2 – Best practices for SAP ERP to be migrated to https://rapid.sap.com/bp/, not just linked, and that obtaining the config guides in *.docx format would not require additional download authorizations. Asking for S-user to view content is fine, but I hate to beg people with sufficient rights for assistance just to cross-check something, especially when you don’t have to do this for SAP notes attachments and S/4 BP content.

    3 – Purely virtual SAP events that don’t cost attendees a dime (watching replays is not the same as being part of it).

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    1. Fabio Pagoti Post author

      Thanks for your comment Former Member

       

      Just to make myself clear on the wishes you mentioned:

       

      112 – I am fine with that – moreover the whole forum would be better – less “google it” questions and answers, community moderation, better tags, mobile support, etc.

       

      119 – I did not know onedx.find.sap.com before your comment – which is way better than the search I meant: the one available when searching for content inside the community.

       

      Example:

      https://www.sap.com/search/search-results.html?Query=sapui5%20upgrade

      Look the image below- There is no way to filter using tags! When you write a blog post os a question, it’s mandatory to select a primary tag – and this cannot be used while searching for content.

       

      Thanks for commenting your wishes here as well – I don’t know Pale Moon but definitely S-users being mandatory for download stuff like that and lack of free of charge events are good points for sure.

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      1. Veselina Peykova

        Aaaa… I almost forgot about this search option… I agree, it does not produce satisfactory results (I think we reported a few problems for it during Open Beta). You can access directly onedx.find.sap.com via the search icon (magnifier), but I use a custom search engine for faster access.

        With onedx.find.sap.com it is possible to restrict the results to specific tags, unfortunately there is no visible option for that, so you have to type part of the URL yourself.

        Some time ago I wrote a blog explaining how to do this:

        https://blogs.sap.com/2016/10/21/sap-community-navigation-nerdy-people-part-sap-search/

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          1. Veselina Peykova

            The tag search app is not as useful as it was at the time I wrote the blog, because since it was developed some old tags have been retired and new tags were created, but the app does not reflect these changes. Currently I look for for newer tags by entering them in a draft blog (the official solution for tag search provided by the SAP team – https://www.sap.com/community/topic.all-content.html is not very intuitive and easy to use).

             

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    2. Jelena Perfiljeva

      On your number 3 – not organized by SAP technically but seems like a good chance to remind folks about the SAP Community Mentor calls (the next one is coming on January 29th, hopefully someone will post on SCN soon). Also the free webcasts are organized by the SAP user groups. Tammy Powlas frequently highlights the ones organized by ASUG. Not sure about the user group in Bulgaria though but maybe it’s time to organize one if there is none? 🙂

      SAP book publishers also frequently host the webcasts with the authors, especially when new books come out.

      Otherwise I’m curious – what specific subjects might be of interest to you? Even if SAP organizes something it’ll likely be on the stuff they want to sell, which is not necessarily what customers want to hear.

      As a side note, back around 2009 there were a couple real virtual SAP events, as I recall. One was in Chicago, I think, where everyone registered could attend the sessions and even browse the virtual sponsor stalls and meet other attendees. It used some pretty cool looking platform which I’ve never seen afterwards, sadly. And once there was sort of a full day video conference hosted in the SAP office in Newton Square. I remember it was pretty cool to see some SCN legends like Marilyn Pratt almost in real life.

      For some reason after that I don’t recall similar events. Not sure if the feedback wasn’t positive or ROI deemed insufficient by SAP. I thought it was a good idea, although it might have suffered from slower Internet connection than we have these days. Maybe it’s time to revive the tradition.

       

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      1. Veselina Peykova

        You are right, we do not have a user group in Bulgaria. To be honest, I doubt that many would be willing to join a group where you pay to be a member – I would not 🙂

        I was thinking of something like TechED with lots of sessions also by independent consultants, but done online, with some virtual lobbys for chitchatting, it looks similar to how you describe the Chicago event. It is sad that SAP did it just once, it is 21st century, one should not need to travel to the other side of the continent to access content and meet people.

        As you can probably guess, I am mainly interested in more practical stuff in Sales, Logistics and country localizations. I could attend a couple of sessions aimed at ABAP developers, but most likely I won’t benefit from these as much as experienced technical consultants.

        Probably you are right that SAP determined that the ROI was not great, but the reason why I thought that it was a good idea is because the cost of going to TechED for some countries is substantial, especially if the attendee needs to cover all of it. Having virtual events means that more people can participate. Not spending time on traveling (at least 2 days in my case) is a nice bonus.

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  7. Peter Spielvogel

    Hi Fabio,

    Thank you for taking the time to compile such a detailed list. I (and I’m sure others at SAP) appreciate your specific and actionable feedback.

    One wish I hear often, but did not see on your list, is that SAP Screen Personas can render flavors on mobile devices. If that is one of your wishes, it is now granted:

    https://blogs.sap.com/2017/12/13/sap-screen-personas-3.0-sp6-now-available.-better-scripting-easier-administration-new-slipstream-engine/

    Regards,

    Peter

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      1. Peter Spielvogel

         

        Hi Jelena,

        We have received 100s of requests over the past few years for the ability to render SAP Screen Personas flavors on iPads and other mobile devices. While this might not have been on Fabio’s wish list, it was certainly on many other people’s.

        Regards,
        Peter

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        1. Jelena Perfiljeva

          Fair enough. And I’m not saying this particular item was not a desirable feature. But is it really relevant to this particular wishlist? It does not appear so. If this was my blog, I really wouldn’t want for the comment session to turn into “look what else we released today” notification board. I hope you understand my point.

           

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  8. Arno Helmling

    Hi Fabio, thank you very much for your list of feedback.

    91 – I fully agree that the SAP ONE Support Launchpad needs to be highly available.

    I personally believe, that there has been a great progress with respect to availability in 2017. Nevertheless we will continue with our efforts in 2018 to meet our customers’ expectations regarding availability.

     

    92: Could you please elaborate on the mentioned filters? Are your referring to the Search in the SAP ONE Support Launchpad? The Global Search or the Expert Search?

     

    Thanks, Arno

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  9. Andre Fischer

    Hi Fabio,

    to get a better understanding for some of your wishes with regards to SAP Gateway as the product manager of SAP Gateway I will give you a call.

    Since SEGW is in maintenance mode it is not planned to add additonal features to it, so any change would be limited to bug fixes.

    With regards to service generation for OData V4 services I have to refer to SAP Note 2485370 .

    The use of the Service Builder for developing OData V4 services is not recomended any more.

    In the long term it is planned to support OData V4 with the new ABAP programming model where CDS views are basis of the design time.

    For code based development I have published a series of blogs though here I am not using SEGW but ABAP in Eclipse.

    https://blogs.sap.com/2017/12/12/odata-v4-code-based-implementation-overview/

    Best Regards,

    Andre

     

     

     

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  10. Mark Wagener

    I share a lot of your whishes, just to give one example:

    86 – Ariba **practical** course

    But I also think there is much room for improvement on topics like:

    open.sap.com -> which I like a lot. The idea of free online courses is great. I would be nice if there would be a voice over by a professional. I can’t help but sometimes it is just awful to listen “my english is not the yellow from the egg”…It is not easy to follow these courses and to stay focused and motivated.

    Moreover it would be nice if there were some more technical courses for developers, for example ABAP in Eclipse, CDS, modern exception handling and so on. There is still a huge difference between reading a blog or having a (good) course with lot of videos and practical exercises. Maybe open.sap.com can team up with the colleagues of SAP Education to reach this goal. I support 80, 81, 82 &101!

    Regarding the Community I would also appreciate more local events. I also support wishes 113 114 120 for example.

    In general I hope that there will be more documentation in general, take the Ariba Add-on for example. The Admin Guide has a lot of space for improvements, there were even documention erros in it! But also the technical documentations are important. I cannot understand how it could be, that even with new products classes, methods, customizing and BAdIs are rarely documentated! Furthermore I hope that the quality of SAP Support improves dramatically!

     

     

     

     

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    1. Claire Donelon

      HI Mark,

      At openSAP, we always deliver courses with real people that are experts on the topics being presented. The reason is, that they are the true experts – for demos and hands-on system exercises, they know exactly what they’re doing. And, they’re also available during the course to answer questions in the forum – so learners are familiar with them from the videos and know that the answers are from true experts, not just actors.

      It’s true that not all of our presenters are native English speakers and not all of our audience are native English speakers. To help everyone understand the material, whether it’s because you find a specific presenter’s accent difficult to follow or, as a learner, English is your second language and you’re finding it a bit tough, we always include professionally edited transcripts and subtitles in English. We invest our resources into these transcripts to ensure that everyone can follow the course. You can also slow down the videos to 0.7 speed if you’d like to watch the video at a slower speed to keep up with transcripts/subtitles.

      I hope this explains why we use our real colleagues who are truly experts in the field, while ensuring that learners can follow the course with transcripts and/or subtitles in English.

      Kind regards,

      Claire

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      1. Mark Wagener

        Hi Claire,

        I appreciate your (fast) reply. I did not mean to use actors, just to use a voice over and let the speakers use their native language.

        I send you an example of what I mean as a private message, as I do not want to offend anybody.

        Best regards,

        Mark

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