SAP Teched Berlin coming up

I’m off to Berlin tomorrow evening, to spend two days at SAP Teched.

photo via cc of Svenwerk. Thanks.

Earlier this year, SAP did a good job at Sapphire in laying out more compelling vision. I expect Teched to be about adding some details to that vision, and I’m looking of evidence of execution: These are the things I’ll be scrutinizing.

1. By Design progress, both in terms of customer adoption and as a platform for SAP to build new on-demand applications.

2. What is “orchestration” exactly?

3. River and the other on-demand efforts. What’s really flowing?

4. Mobile strategy. Apps, ecoystem, costs.  Beyond the hype.

5. SAP and databases.  newDB, Sybase, in-memory etc. Timings.

6. BW and in-memory impact.

7. Gateway, UI, UX and future of SAP portal.

8. NetWeaver 7.3 details

9. MDM, BPM impact on existing customers

10. Impact of “cloud” on Business Suite.

11. Running SAP cheaper. SAP and ecosystem tools that reduce the day to day running costs of SAP.

From a partner perspective, I’m looking for alternative UI work, or UI enhancements, such as RIA, iPad etc.  Making SAP easier to consume is a research theme for me and several colleagues over the next quarter. Also anything that makes SAP cheaper to run.  I’m also very  interested in chatting to users to gauge how they see SAP’s plans and execution. 

If you want to catch up at Teched, drop me an email, or tweet me at @vendorprisey

Gartner clients may wish to read our note on the state of NetWeaver. SAP NetWeaver: The past, present and future.

Many organizations are unsure what NetWeaver is, or what it will become. What SAP has delivered differs significantly from the original vision. Rather than the enterprisewide middleware platform SAP envisioned, it’s best-suited to deploy SAP applications and integrate SAP applications and processes.


Grokking d-land.



photo from the saugeil flickr stream of  abbilder.

My readers will know by now that I’ve lived in Germany for a while now.

An Australian on-line twitter follower who cycles and does clever code stuff sent me this blog link.  Who says Twitter isn’t useful?

From what I can gather the blog is written by a 20 something ex-pat living in Berlin. It has the air of someone who thinks 40 is old, but anyway.

Ich werde ein berliner  is still a relatively  new blog, but I hope it has ausdauer. 

An example

Ordering coffee must be handled with extra care. If you have no clue about coffee varieties, stop reading this NOW and head to a bookstore to get a book on the topic. There will be plenty to choose from. Once you’re fluent in the language of caffeine, imagine a “coffee coolness pyramid” with “Latte Macchiato” at the bottom. Latte Macchiato has been the favorite since the mid-90s but then, it was picked up by the “wrong type of Germans”. Thankfully, German people discovered “Galao”, which is the exact same drink, just from Portugal. Put “Galao” above Latte Macchiato in our imagined pyramid. The next level is, surprisingly, plain Espresso. Many Germans who are considered “cool” by other Germans stopped worrying about what the current coffee specialty is, and now just order Espresso. This gives them the aura of being special, easy-going, and culturally versed. The tip of the pyramid though, would be to order “just a mug of filter coffee”, not because you like it, but to show you are an avant-garde intellectual who is too special to follow any trend. This is an advanced move not recommended for new arrivals in Germany. If you do it the wrong way, you will be seen as an uncultured “Proll” and your chances to earn respect from your German acquaintances are severely diminished. Alternatively, you can order beer (gives you an air of being connected with the working class, like a poor but brilliant artist), or Bio-nade, which is anti-Americanism in bottles.