some good news from Germany….

(I live in Germany but I'm not German. I pass the tebitt test though, and  will be supporting them in the football world cup. Strictly speaking this more than slightly strange test of nationality was about cricket. I like Germany, but not enough to support them at cricket, unless they pick me for the team)

 Check out this post on the state of the German economy.  it suprised me.

In spite of Germany’s unexceptional macro­economic data, no other industrial nation has so successfully harnessed the opportunities offered by an interconnected global economy.

This mid-sized country of 80m, often painted as angst-ridden, risk-averse and allergic to change, has been the world’s largest exporter of goods every year since it overtook the US in 2003.

In spite of Germany’s unexceptional macro­economic data, no other industrial nation has so successfully harnessed the opportunities offered by an interconnected global economy.

This may link somehow to a post about Duet….and all that world is flat business.

Duet, has helped break not only the language barriers from the code point of view, but has also broken geographical barriers from the development point of view. Within SAP, the building of Duet is spread across locations that are as far apart as they can get. Labs at Palo Alto (USA), Walldorf (Germany), Ra'anana (Israel), and Bangalore (India) all work together on this product. For me, this is the first time I am witnessing Global Development of this scale happen so efficiently and so rapidly. Initially it was awe at first sight. Now even after months into this project, I am still in awe. If I was asked to summarize the document on “How Duet (Mendocino) works?”, I would finish it off with one word – “Magic”.

When I think of German exports it is VW, BMW, Porsche, Hugo Boss and ugly beer mugs, that come to mind. SAP though, is a major exporter too. As I have noted before, SAP must  continue to keep that delicate balance between those traits that make Germany the export champions, and bringing in the best people and ideas from across the world. Duet it seems, is proof that this is working.

To improve the broader german economy though, apparently internal consumer spending needs a boost…all developers should as an economic imperative, buy new birkenstocks.

(okay I'm not mentioning a whole lot of structural economic issues…………….)  

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