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Devtoberfest – the best developer prep for SAP TechEd

Devtoberfest 2023 kicked off today, with a wealth of live sessions. Read on to find out why I think Devtoberfest is a great way for developers to get themselves ready for SAP TechEd.

The Developer Advocates at SAP have been busy over the past few weeks putting together the content for our now much anticipated annual event – Devtoberfest. If you don’t know what Devtoberfest is, let me explain:

  • it’s a month long open celebration of what makes us developers: coding and collaboration
  • it’s deliberately scheduled to take place in the run up to SAP TechEd
  • it’s a lot of fun, and combines learning, earning points, and the possibility of winning prizes

There’s a key activity that’s common to any developer, regardless of their area of expertise, interests, and craft. That key activity is learning. The world of development, of software, architecture, operations, and more, is moving at an ever increasing pace, and if there’s one thing I’ve perhaps finally figured out, after over 35 years as a developer in the SAP tech ecosphere, is that there’s always more learning to do.

Learning is something we should be doing regularly. It doesn’t matter whether the subject matter is brand new, or you’re revisiting something you have already had experience with, to go deeper. It doesn’t matter if the relevance to your current work tasks is only fleeting, and it certainly doesn’t matter how you prefer to learn. Reading, watching videos, completing tutorials, taking part in discussions, asking and answering questions, earning points & badges – each one of these activities helps you to level up. Back in the early 1990’s, I was working at the largest SAP R/2 installation in the world, and learned a valuable lesson from one of my colleagues there. That was to make time to read. I recount the story in the blog post Tech Skills Chat with JonERP – A Follow-on Story, and the key takeaway is: Always Be Reading.

Anyway. Sometimes one learns best alone. And other times, it’s great to learn together. And that’s what Devtoberfest is all about.

So over the next four weeks, I want to encourage you to make time for yourself as a developer, make time to learn, make time for Devtoberfest. Check out the many, many sessions we have for you over on the Devtoberfest events calendar, focused on five main topics, each of which has a colour code, and each of which falls on the same day each week:

  • 🟢 Monday: ABAP & CAP
  • 🟣 Tuesday: SAP Build / Low-Code and No-Code
  • 🔴 Wednesday: Integration
  • 🔵 Thursday: Data & Analytics and AI
  • 🟠 Friday: Frontend

It won’t surprise you to realise that these core topics are also the backbone of any great SAP TechEd event too. And that’s no coincidence. We want you to be prepared for SAP TechEd by being up to date, with your learning neurons revitalised and ready for more action, and hungry for more knowledge.

So dive in. Get started by heading over to and joining the Devtoberfest group on SAP Community. You’ll find plenty of information in the blog post area on how things work, and what to do next.

See you there!

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      What I really want to know is how Thomas Jung is awake a 3:00 am for these sessions  - amazing stamina!

      I sat in live on the ABAP Cloud session this morning; Devtoberfest is off to a good start.

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki

      I hope you won't miss Data & Analytics + AI sessions either, Tammy Powlas!

      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams
      Blog Post Author

      I do suspect Thomas Jung is in a similar multi-dimensional universe to you, how you both do everything you do is mind boggling to me! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Luis Benavides Andrade
      Luis Benavides Andrade

      thanks you DJ Adams for your contributions and encourage us to continues learning, since I follow you, you give me the opportunity to love be a sap developer, again massive thanks 🙂

      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Luis, that means a lot to me!

      Author's profile photo Rajesh Azmeera
      Rajesh Azmeera

      Devtoberfest – the best developer prep for SAP TechEd - This group is really awesome.

      I've joined SAP community recently. Just out of curiosity, do we have any such groups for BASIS folks similar to Devtoberfest?

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Great question. To my knowledge, there is nothing similar for Basis folks. In fact, it's been an ongoing concern even 5 years ago that Basis / infrastructure professionals are practically left out of TechEd.

      One factor here is there are much fewer Basis professionals than developers. But they've also been historically under-represented, in my opinion, in SAP tech events and conversations in general. Back in the day (early 2010s), some SAP Mentors (like Matt Fraser ) tried to create some space for Basis conversations and there was great feedback. But then it didn't go anywhere because few enthusiasts moved on or out.

      I'm not a Basis person myself but I think there is a need for a space/group like that. Hey, maybe you could help organizing something? 😉

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      I'm still here! But admittedly much, much quieter online these days, as for the past 3-1/2 years I've been totally consumed by the job that actually gives me a paycheck... 😉

      Rajesh, I second what Jelena says. There is space for Basis pros in the Community, and there certainly have been relevant sessions at TechEds past, but it's nowhere near the focus that developers enjoy. I do worry that there may be some sense out there that with the move toward cloud-hosted systems, Basis may become more and more internalized by the cloud providers and thus of less direct concern for customers and consultants. I don't think that's necessarily entirely true, but I do think it may mean a shift in what the job looks like in the future.