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SAP ABAP Road Map Webcast Recap with #ASUG Survey Request

Most of the ABAP sessions I attended in Las Vegas were packed and it was not easy to take notes.  Fortunately SAP’s Carine Tchoutouo Djomo  repeated this as a webcast



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ABAP is important

Over 100K productive systems are running

1809 release in September


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Fiori is chosen UI application; important to optimize ABAP back end of application

AMDP – native HANA features into ABAP application – lifecycle management

ABAP in Eclipse for efficient development; strategic platform for ABAP development to modernize the ways ABAP is developed and a more declarative language

Cloud is important in ABAP world


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One common codeline for on-premise and cloud


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Business suite with installed base have high requirements

Goal: no disruption

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SAP codeline split; the way forward

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Offering in SAP Cloud Platform environment

Offering ABAP as a programming language in SCP

Can use ABAP in Eclipse; programmer can take their knowledge to the cloud; cloud-optimized – git is used for code exchange, version management, transport mechanism

ABAP Restful programming model

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Some of this released a few weeks ago

752 continues with previous release strategy; a modern ABAP language, more declarative

Database centric – HANA centric – 740 – new data modeling infrastructure with Core Data Services

OpenSQL – enhance feature scope, expressions, functions

752 – support HANA 2.0

ABAP daemons – monitor ABAP sessions in the backend; react to different types of errors and handle real-time events

Toolings in quality assurance – ABAP Test Cockpit – quality, performance, security (ATC) – improved code coverage

ATC supports remote code analysis

Extensibility – for S/4HANA cloud and on-premise – extend existing applications on predefined customer exits; in cloud you don’t have full control of application

Planned innovations – delivered 1809 in end of September; many features are covered in planned innovations – enhanced CDS in AMDP

Define parent-child relation in hierarchy

An evolution of programming model AMDP in Fiori – delivered in ABAP in SCP, will find its way to on-premise

Analyze code based on usage data, graphical view of results

MQTT protocol is supported for machine to machine communication in area of ABAP channels

Extensibility – September 4th – ABAP in SCP

Product direction:

include innovations in S/4HANA

Business Suite – provide selected enhancements

Continuous adoption of capabilties

Eclipse native editors

SCP – new use cases – support partner extensions and in SAP app center

2020 product vision – no future with only ABAP, and no future without ABAP (B. Goerke quote)

Keep ABAP platform up to date

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ABAP in Eclipse is platform of choice

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ABAP optimizations for SAP HANA

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Core data services provides more advanced data views, enrich views with domain specifics, data models can be transactional/analytical applications – impossible before in SE11

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ABAP programming model, use core data services

OData in ABAP stack; provide semantics to build Fiori elements, a template based UI approach and can do freestyle development

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752 ABAP Daemons

1809 – MQTT protocols, version 3.1.1., machine to machine communications

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Tools to check custom code usage

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New Fiori application in 1809 as shown above

Create deletion transport to remove unused ABAP code

Need order by statement; when migrate can’t assure order

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ABAP Restful programming model – covers what not is covered in ABAP programming model – how integrate existing code into programming model?


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      Author's profile photo Bärbel Winkler
      Bärbel Winkler

      Thanks, for the write-up, Tammy!

      Do you know if a recording of the webcast will become available to watch?




      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Bärbel - thank you for reading and commenting so quickly - recordings are posted here:


      (may require a logon)



      Author's profile photo Bärbel Winkler
      Bärbel Winkler

      Thanks for your quick response and for the link to the Wiki-page which I'm now watching (so login was not a showstopper!). Viewing a recording of a past webcast works, so this will become another source of information for me.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      A lot to digest, but great info, thanks.

      Author's profile photo Carine Tchoutouo Djomo
      Carine Tchoutouo Djomo

      Nice summary Tammy!

      Thanks & Kind regards,