Archive | March 2010

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Agile Development

Can Agile Development bring fun to the Enterprise?

Season 2 Episode 7
Join the guys in this monster of an episode on the great topic of Agile Development in the Enterprise. Thomas and Ed are joined by fellow SAP Mentor, Dagfinn Parnas to discuss their experiences on real world agile projects within the SAP world. Agile is a mindset and requires a cultural shift, so listen in as the gang gives some useful tips and pointers on implementing these methodologies within your own team.

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

Running Time: 78 minutes

Talking Points

  • 00:17 – Random Chit Chat with Dagfinn Parnas
  • 06:15SAP TechEd 2009: Dagfinn Parnas – The “Company of the Future”
  • 08:00SAP TechEd 2009: Thomas Jung – Next Generation ABAP
  • 10:15 – Setting up the stage for Agile Development in the Enterprise
  • 12:35 – Agile mandate at SAP
  • 18:00Bacon doughnuts, bacon gum, and candied bacon…yum
  • 19:40Lean Manufacturing and Scrum Principles compared
  • 28:30 – What does Agile look like at your company?
  • 37:00 – Releasing to internal customers and the definition of “production ready” code
  • 43:53 – Why agile development creates hyper-productive teams
  • 47:27 – Why co-location is important when possible
  • 50:00 – Minimize needless meetings and increase transparency
  • 52:32 – Why most companies evolve into a waterfall process
  • 56:02 – Taking points from the Agile Manifesto
  • 59:25 – Is Agile in the Enterprise realistic or is a hybrid model the best way to start your cultural shift?
  • 62:23 – Why corporate champions are important, but the lack thereof is no excuse to not get started on your own
  • 67:00 – Coming back to the redefinition of roles in the project teams
  • 69:57 – What can SAP do to help their customers be agile?

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Co-CEO Conundrum

SAP Co-CEO Strategy – Sunny Days in Walldorf?

Ed is back joining Thomas in this latest episode. Listen in as they discuss the buzz about Buzz and usage of other social networks, as well as the latest discussions about the changes in the top ranks within SAP. If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 54 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 00:15 – Ed is back and talking about little ewH
  2. 04:05 – The buzz about Google Buzz
  3. 24:00SAP Leadership flip flop
  4. 33:28NetWeaver Web Page Composer
  5. 42:22AFS WDA Performance Series
  6. 50:00 – Wrap up

ABAP Freakshow – March 3, 2010: WDA Performance Tools Part 6

This is part 6 of a 6 part series on tools that are available for monitoring or troubleshooting the performance in Web Dynpro ABAP based applications. In this final episode of the series, we explore the ways that you can trigger a memory snapshot to examine the detailed memory allocation within your application.

You can download a high resolution version MP4 version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart6756.mp4

You can download an iPod/iPhone version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart6339.mp4

ABAP Freakshow – March 3, 2010: WDA Performance Tools Part 5

This is part 5 of a 6 part series on tools that are available for monitoring or troubleshooting the performance in Web Dynpro ABAP based applications. In this part of the series we dig deeper into the Runtime Analysis tool. We show you how to trigger the Runtime Analysis trace for a Web Dynpro Application as well as how to filter out the surround Web Dynpro ABAP framework code from the trace results. We also show a preview of some of the new Runtime Analysis features that are coming in NetWeaver 7.02.

You can download a high resolution version MP4 version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart5438.mp4

You can download an iPod/iPhone version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart5197.mp4

ABAP Freakshow – March 3, 2010: WDA Performance Tools Part 4

This is part 4 of a 6 part series on tools that are available for monitoring or troubleshooting the performance in Web Dynpro ABAP based applications. In this part of the series we assume that the runtime problems occur in the SQL layer and we learn how to use the SQL Trace tool in Web Dynpro ABAP.

You can download a high resolution version MP4 version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart4471.mp4

You can download an iPod/iPhone version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart4731.mp4

ABAP Freakshow – March 3, 2010: WDA Performance Tools Part 3

This is part 3 of a 6 part series on tools that are available for monitoring or troubleshooting the performance in Web Dynpro ABAP based applications. In this part of the series we will look at the transaction STAD. This transaction can give you the first glance at performance measurements on the server side and help you then narrow the focus of your additional research.

You can download a high resolution version MP4 version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart3889.mp4

You can download an iPod/iPhone version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart3444.mp4

ABAP Freakshow – March 3, 2010: WDA Performance Tools Part 2

This is part 2 of a 6 part series on tools that are available for monitoring or troubleshooting the performance in Web Dynpro ABAP based applications. In this part of the series we look at browser based plug-ins and tools for exploring the performance on the client side. In particular we look at HTTP Watch (a 3rd party tool we use at SAP) as an Internet Explorer Add-In.

You can download a high resolution version MP4 version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart2775.mp4

You can download an iPod/iPhone version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart2309.mp4

ABAP Freakshow – March 3, 2010: WDA Performance Tools Part 1

This is part 1 of a 6 part series on tools that are available for monitoring or troubleshooting the performance in Web Dynpro ABAP based applications. In this part of the series we discuss performance aspects in general as well as looking at the Performance Monitor in WDA 7.01. The Performance Monitor tool can provide estimates about the performance breakdown of our application (client side vs. server side runtimes as well as user session memory on the server) and help us decide where we need to investigate further.

With the last two eLearning series in the ABAP Freakshow I have broken down the videos into small parts. Let me know if you like this approach or if you prefer 1 or 2 larger videos instead.

You can download a high resolution version MP4 version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart1331.mp4

You can download an iPod/iPhone version of the video here:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Thomas_jung-AFSMarch2010WDAPerformanceToolsPart1423.mp4

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Battle Royale Part II: HTML5 vs Browser Plug-Ins

Will the battle of HTML5 vs. Browser Plug-Ins be like this:

Or More Like This:

This week we welcome guest co-host Dan McWeeney filling in for Ed. Ed is out of the office because his wife just gave birth to their first child. Since Dan works for Adobe and works in the Adobe Flash/Flex world, we thought it would be the perfect podcast to dive into the hot topic of HTML5 verses Browser Plug-Ins (like Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight).

There has been a lot of debate lately (sparked largely by Apple and their refusal to have the Adobe Flash Plug-in on the iPhone/iPad) about exactly what the future role of Browser Plug-Ins will be given the advances that the next version of the HTML specification promises to bring. In this podcast both Dan and I provide our thoughts on the topic.

Dearest eGheads, we need your show ideas. If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 59 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 01:00 – Welcome Guest Host Dan McWeeney
  2. 01:15Ed Changes Diapers
  3. 04:00 – Main Topic – HTML5 & Browser Plug-Ins
  4. 28:00 Apple and their 40 Billion Cash On Hand – Who Will They Buy? (at the time of the podcast recording I forgot that through Pixar, Steve Jobs picked up quite a bit of control at Disney/ABC/Marvel. Perhaps Apple already indirectly has the control in Hollywood I thought they were looking for).
  5. 36:20 Internet Connected TVs
  6. 37:00 Win 7 Mobile Platform
  7. 37:50 PS3/PSP Integration
  8. 38:00 SAP Management Changes
  9. 46:20 BW 7.20 Ramp-Up Canceled in Favor of 7.30 Ramp-Up in Q3/Q4
  10. 48:30 – ABAP 7.02 Correction Close
  11. 49:20 OnDemand BI
  12. 54:30 – Upcoming Events: Mastering SAP Technologies Sydney and ASUG/Sapphire