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The End Of SAP BW As We Know It – Mobile Apps – Java Or ABAP

I’ve been going through some of the latest blog post regarding SAP and I want to share the best of the bunch for today.

First up we have Thomas Dulaney who has written a good blog post over on the SCN website discussing how existing SAP professionals can pivot their career by learning new SAP skills. He considers both the functional and technical roles and highlights some of the difficulties in training yourself up.

FAQ: Java vs. ABAP Programming Careers

… I’m a strong JAVA programmer, how can I switch to SAP? Can I become a Functional consultant? I’ve seen a few questions lately from JAVA programmers who want to start a career in SAP programming or switch to Functional SAP Consulting. This blog is targeted to java programmers thinking about switching to ABAP or functional SAP consulting. My general advice to anyone seeking to switch careers is…

Next up, this Enterprise meets Apps news story shines a light on a new area of SAP development. It will no doubt start to open up and give those developers with no prior knowledge of SAP the ability to get a foot in the door; making them a much needed asset as companies start to use mobile Apps within the enterprise…

SAP Plans to control Mobile Apps with HTML5 and announce New Partnerships

… SAP announced partnerships with Appcelerator, Adobe and Sencha to create any type of mobile presence that an enterprise might wish. From native to cross apps or mobile websites, SAP may have put itself in position to be the end-to-end development platform that enterprises are looking for.

HTML5 as the Enterprise

Enterprise mobile development and consumer counterparts both are different. The objectives of enterprise is more to work on functionality and less to do with mobile device performance, where Consumer app development aim is on games and location, testing how well an app can perform within the bounds of a mobile device’s hardware…

Not content with that acquisition, SAP pulls out another mobile Apps purchase …

SAP Buys US Mobile Platform House Syclo

… German giant SAP said Tuesday, after getting back from the long weekend, that it’s going to buy privately held Chicago-based Syclo, a long-established company with a mobile enterprise application platform called Agentry and packaged ERP and CRM apps.

Terms weren’t disclosed. The deal should close this quarter…

Onto what seems like a worried SAP BW Pro… Adir Oren expresses his views on the direction of SAP BW where he calls out SAP to give some guidance on where the BW product suite is headed in light of SAP HANA…

The uncertainty of SAP BW future

… From one point of view – SAP delivers to the market new products and solutions which will properly will bring more projects, on the other hand SAP new solutions seems to replace the current solution’s like BW , those solution’s brings us to a uncertainty about the future of BW.

I think that it is on SAP responsibility to tell the BW community how they want the BW community to play in those changes and whether we need to acquire new skill set or at least diminishes our worries about the future of BW.when we take into account the decreasing market rates, when we see that the customer requirement’s is for fast & slim solutions , when you see SAP new products and solution, the SAP BW community needs to adjust to the new SAP environment , acquire more skill set and think about the next 2-5 years today…

Personally I don’t think the future of BW is in question one little bit. Sure, things may change in how BW is used to deliver business reporting but I can only see the change being for the good of BW.

Technology evolves and as my role involves developing BW solutions I thoroughly believe we must evolve with it. We must take the opportunity to stay at the forefront of our profession.

Don’t wait for SAP to tell you what to do, go out there and do what you think is best. SAP will always introduce new technologies but it is the end customer that relies on it’s trusted in-house teams and trusted consulting partners that will ultimately determine what technology is used and wins over the long run.

It’s all good stuff. Embrace the changes in technology and become a leader.


About the Author:

Pete has been working with SAP technologies for over 10 years. He started out as an ABAP consultant and then moved on to BW where he has worked many different clients covering a wide variety of industries. "I love introducing SAP technology (especially BI) to new clients and showing them how they can go from zero to hero within their business in super fast time". Contact me on twitter @PeterMoxon