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Making the Move to SAP S/4HANA

by Karl Kessler | 01/31/2017

SAP S/4HANA brings the technologies that define modern business to SAP customer landscapes, from cloud computing to consumer-like user experiences, and the latest version — SAP S/4HANA 1610 — brings even more, including support for machine learning and predictive algorithms. Version 1610 also presents an opportunity for those running SAP Business Suite to transition to SAP S/4HANA, as they share the same underlying technology. But how? And what happens to your custom code? This article shows you how to navigate this process successfully using migration and conversion tools delivered with SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.51.

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Introducing ABAP 7.51

by Karl Kessler | 10/12/2016

With all of the innovation included in SAP NetWeaver 7.5, including advanced support for core data services (CDS), why is SAP already delivering version 7.51 for the ABAP stack, and why should you upgrade? ABAP 7.51 delivers an enhanced ABAP programming model that extends CDS to include transactional as well as analytical application development and supports custom code management. This article provides an overview of the ABAP 7.51 features and, using an example, demonstrates how they work together to help you create sophisticated SAP Fiori-based transactional applications.

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Integrating ABAP-Based Processes into Smart Factories

by Karl Kessler | 08/04/2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming modern factories, enabling new “smart factory” scenarios where machines and humans can collaborate in unprecedented ways. SAP lays the foundation for its customers to take the next step toward this new paradigm, known as Industry 4.0, with support for IoT built into SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and as of release 7.5, this support extends to SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP. Discover how to integrate ABAP-based back-end processes into Industry 4.0 scenarios and put your organization in a position to fully reap its rewards.

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A New Development Platform for Native SAP HANA Applications

by Karl Kessler | 04/26/2016

Developers have several options for developing applications and business content on SAP HANA, such as the ABAP 7.5 stack and the analytics applications supported by SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) powered by SAP HANA. But if you’re looking to move beyond dashboard scenarios and don’t want to base that development on SAP NetWeaver stacks, your options grow more limited. For that reason, support package stack (SPS) 11 for SAP HANA was released in Q4 2015 to enable Java- or JavaScript-based native applications developed specifically for SAP HANA. Discover how you can take advantage of this new development environment to use open source standards and a microservices-based approach while remaining tightly integrated with SAP HANA.

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ABAP for the Modern Age

by Karl Kessler | 01/14/2016

Some of the most significant innovations in SAP NetWeaver 7.5 — the latest iteration of SAP’s well-known technology and integration platform — are in the ABAP programming model. This article looks at a set of particularly useful features available with ABAP 7.5, including new ABAP language features for enabling more concise code and enhancements that further optimize ABAP application development for SAP HANA, such as new features for developing SAP Fiori front ends based on core data services (CDS) and a new tool for debugging ABAP-managed database procedures (AMDPs).

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Enhanced ABAP Development with Core Data Services (CDS)

by Karl Kessler | 10/08/2015

With the advent of SAP HANA, a new data modeling infrastructure called core data services (CDS) has been introduced by SAP to simplify how developers define semantically rich data models. Read on to learn the concepts behind CDS and how it works in ABAP development processes, and walk through a step-by-step guide on using CDS with SAP’s development toolset.

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A Foundation for the Future

by Karl Kessler | 07/14/2015

In this column, SAP’s Karl Kessler reveals what to expect with the upcoming release of SAP NetWeaver 7.5. He highlights the market changes that have necessitated a new foundation, details SAP NetWeaver 7.5’s new features, and how this release sets the groundwork to support the next stage of innovation.

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SAP Fiori Application Development in the Cloud

by Monika Kaiser and Karl Kessler | 04/02/2015

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the new ways in which SAP Fiori applications can be built using SAP Web IDE on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, as well as how to create mobile versions of these applications for other devices using SAP Mobile Secure. This step-by-step walkthrough also includes information about free trials and demos available from SAP.

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A Guide to SAP's Development Environments for SAP HANA and the Cloud

by Karl Kessler | 01/01/2015

Read this in-depth column for a comprehensive understanding of SAP’s current main tooling environments for supporting SAP HANA and the cloud, including both desktop- and browser-based environments. You will gain a set of guidelines for determining when to use which platforms and what tools are best suited to your particular development project needs.

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by Karl Kessler | 10/01/2014

Learn in detail about the newest development additions to SAP NetWeaver 7.4. Topics covered include features for database-independent programming with Open SQL, unified data modeling and definition with core data services, and simplified control of stored procedures with ABAP-managed database procedures.