Archive | February 2009

Blagbert on Enterprise Geeks

We now know we are on the right track because we have made it onto Blagbert comics. 🙂

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Certify or Die

Should we swallow the magic SAP Certification pill?

Should we swallow the magic SAP Certification pill?

Fellow eGheads, you are in for a treat. This episode is packed with all kinds of geeky goodness with our special guest Dennis Howlett. Join us in this episode full of topics discussing the power of the crowd, the cloud, and the proud. With topics ranging from Facebook to SAP Certifications, there is a little bit for everyone.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 63 minutes

Talking Points

  1. Thomas is back from Cancun
  2. Learn more about the man himself, Dennis Howlett
  3. Facebook TOS explosion
  4. Coghead and the danger of the cloud
  5. SAP Labs vs. SAP Research
  6. Enterprise Mashup Application Platform from SAP Research
  7. SAP Certification Program – Certify or Die
    • Dennis’ blog on SDN that kicked off the initial storm
    • Jon Reed is a major player on the certification topic
    • SAP Mentor Meeting with SAP Education to discuss the SAP Certification program on Wednesday, Feb. 25
    • If you want your voice heard about the topic, post comments here and we will submit them
  8. Keep your Bollocks in your Pants
  9. Want to make a difference? Submit your videos for a good cause
  10. Update on Geeks without Borders 24 hour Charity Event on FMR
  11. Announcement of the ABAP Join Wizard and update on the ABAP Report Wizard

The New Enterprise Geeks Logo Unveiled

We are proud to present the new Enterprise Geeks logo. In the future, we plan to have a place where you can buy all your cool eGhead swag including stickers, shirts, hats, and more. Let us know what you think.

All design work was done by my cousin, Seth D. Jones. He is still a starving artist, so if you are interested in hiring him for freelance work before he gets too famous, let me know and I will be happy to connect you.

ABAP Freak Show: February 18, 2009

In this episode of the ABAP Freak Show we will take a look at how to retrieve data from a NetWeaver ABAP system via web services, and consume that data inside of SAP Business Objects Xcelsius. We will start by creating the web service provider in NetWeaver, and finish up by creating the web service connection and building our model in Xcelsius.  For this demonstration we will be working with a NetWeaver 7.01 system and Xcelisus 2008 SP1.

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – UI Ev0luti0n

UI Ev0luti0n

Harmonized UI –  origin of the interfaces

In this episode, Ed Herrmann discusses with Thomas Jung the past, present, and future UI strategy for SAP.  This is a must listen as a short history lesson in past UI technologies and a preparation for what lies ahead.  As a bonus, get to know a little more about Thomas and find out what it’s like being a product manager at SAP.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 65 minutes

Talking Points

  1. eGeek spotlight – Getting to know a little more about Thomas Jung as his role as Product Manager at SAP
  2. SAP UI History
  3. Current SAP UI Tools and Future Strategy
  4. Possible Future of Rich Internet Applications in the Enterprise by Cynergy
  5. FMR 24 Hour Charity Event for Doctors without Borders Postponed
  6. Send us your ideas and feedback

eGeek Challenge: You submit a video; we donate to charity

Alright fellow eGheads, it’s time to get your creative juices flowing.  As you know, the special 24 hour marathon for Doctors without Borders has been temporarily postponed, but we don’t let little things like that get in our way.  It takes a lot of content to fill a 24 hour show, so some of the Enterprise Geeks and Enterprise Irregulars are planning to do some short clips about corporate and personal social responsibility.  Special thanks also goes to fellow SAP Mentor Jim Spath, as he is planning to guest host the show for an entire hour.

To support Craig and Doctors without Borders during his upcoming show, we need more short video segments so Craig can take small breaks throughout the evening.  It is great to pull out the ol’ wallet and give to those in needs.  Sometimes it’s also nice to put your time, skills, and creativity to work as well.

So here is the latest Enterprise Geek challenge.  We are asking you, our dear fellow eGheads, to help us out.  Create and submit a video to us for the show.  Not only will you get your 5 minutes of fame and a ton of geek cred, but if your video gets selected and played, we will donate $20 to Doctors without Borders in your name.  How about them apples?

There are really no rules.  Talk about anything you want, and make the video as short or as long as you want.  Talk about yourself or social responsibility, sing to us, act out a movie scene, or even film yourself having a snowball fight (for charity of course).  If you are camera shy, you can send us audio, even though we’d love to see that bright, shining face.  We aren’t even picky on how you submit it.  You can send us a link, comment on this post, email it, snail mail it, or hand-deliver it.

Hopefully the show will be rescheduled soon, so please submit your videos by Monday, February 23.  That even gives you the whole weekend if you want to include your lovely friends and family as props.  Cheers and good luck!

UPDATE: Craig is planning on getting out of the hospital this next week, and he is going to try to reschedule the show for mid-March. In light of this new info, we are extending the target date for these video submissions. This should give you a couple of extra weeks, so keep those videos rollin’ in!

Friday Morning Report 24 hour Marathon Charity Event has been Postponed

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen health circumstances, this week’s special 24 hour marathon show for the Doctors without Borders charity event has been postponed.  The good news is that it has been postponed, but not canceled.  We will give any updates on the show when we know more.

Our poor man Craig is currently laid up in the hospital with severe back problems.  Feel free to leave your regards here and we will pass them on to him.  Get well soon, Craig!

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – You Can’t Handle the Truth

Leo vs. Jack

BS7: You Cant Handle the Truth

In this packed episode, Ed Herrmann, Thomas Jung, and special guest Rich Heilman talk about all the events from the SAP Press conference announcing the launch of SAP Business Suite 7.  Also included is a gold mine of information on clarifications of enhancement packages and the switch framework.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 59 minutes

Talking Points

  • Fellow Enterprise Geek – Rich Heilman
    • Xcelsius Flex Control
    • Flex vs. ABAP – competitive or complementary
    • The whirlwind of working at SAP during the BOBJ acquisition
    • What it’s like switching over from IT to Technology
    • Future plans for Enterprise Geeks
    • Xcelsius Islands coming soon
  • The truth – what exactly is SAP Business Suite 7
  • WSJ – WTF?
  • Clarifying Enhancement Packages for ERP vs. NetWeaver and how it relates to BS7
    • SAP ERP 6.0

      SAP ERP 6.0 is the “go-to” release until at least 2012 providing mainstream maintenance until March 2013 and extended maintenance until 2016.

    • SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EnhP1

      “For these SAP Business Suite systems, a separate ramp-up started in November 2008 which as part of SAP Business Suite 7 comprises SAP ERP 6.0 EhP4, SAP CRM/SRM/SCM/PLM 7.0, … .
      All relevant parts of enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 are included in the respective SAP Business Suite 7 ramp-up packages and will be installed automatically underneath the SAP Business Suite systems.”

  • Advantages of the Switch Framework
  • Leveraging custom BAdis, switches, enhancement packages, and namespaces
  • Value Scenarios and Best Run now packages
  • SAP is going from a back office suite only to a business process library for casual users, and the customers agree
  • Business Objects as an analytics acquisition
  • Subtle hints of the upcoming focus on In-Memory / RAM-resident database
  • What is the strategy behind the “Harmonized UI” – casual business users no longer have blind faith
  • Blogger meeting with Richard Campione and the differences in software suites – engineered vs. glued vs. branded
  • The Press Conference experience
  • Upcoming topics
  • Some of the funnier moments from the blogger meetings

ABAP Freak Show: February 4, 2009

In this episode of the ABAP Freak Show we look at the new Drag and Drop features of Web Dynpro ABAP in NetWeaver 7.0 Enhancement Package 1. We will look at three different forms of Drag and Drop capabilities in Web Dynpro ABAP. First we will see the ability to drag columns to rearrange their order in all tables. Next we will see how you can use Drag and Drop to reorder and reposition UI elements within the page. Finally we will see the traditional use case for Drag and Drop. We will drag and drop items from an image into a shopping cart and also from a table row into a image.

The source code for today’s example can be downloaded as part of the 2008 SDN Mentors’ Community Day Workshop. All the code in Transport, SAPlink, or PDF document format can be downloaded from here:

Tune in on February 18th for the first show hosted by fellow Enterprise Geek, Rich Heilman. He will be demonstrating how you can consume ABAP Web Services from Business Objects Xcelsius.

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Islands in the Stream

Geeks without Borders

In this episode, hosts Ed Herrmann and Thomas Jung talk with special guest Craig Cmehil. Craig talks about his prediction for more adoption of video and collaboration in 2009 and shares some sneak peek details about his special 24 hour live charity event. And of course, for all of our fellow SAP egheads, we share our views on SAP Flash Islands and what it means for future applications.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 42 minutes

Talking Points