Karl Kessler, SAP
Karl Kessler

Karl Kessler ( joined SAP SE in 1992. He is the Vice President of Product Management ABAP Platform — which includes SAP NetWeaver Application Server, the ABAP Workbench, the Eclipse-based ABAP development tools, and SAP Cloud Platform ABAP environment — and is responsible for all rollout activities.


Take Your ABAP Skills to the Cloud

by Karl Kessler | September 14, 2018

As of September 2018, SAP Cloud Platform ABAP environment is here. This new cloud-based ABAP development and runtime environment combines the latest features of ABAP and SAP HANA with the innovations available with SAP Cloud Platform, such as SAP Leonardo,...MORE »»


A Simplified Way to Bring Your Custom Code to SAP S/4HANA

by Karl Kessler | May 16, 2018

Moving from SAP Business Suite to SAP S/4HANA brings modern ERP to SAP customer landscapes. Making this transition means converting to a new data model, since SAP S/4HANA is a completely new product — it also means adapting your existing...MORE »»


Planning Your SAP NetWeaver Upgrade Strategy

by Karl Kessler | January 26, 2018

SAP NetWeaver serves as the technology foundation for many SAP customer landscapes. With maintenance ending for older SAP NetWeaver releases still in use at some customer sites, now is the time to move to a newer version that will meet...MORE »»


ABAP and the Cloud

by Karl Kessler | November 9, 2017

As the longtime foundation for SAP’s solution portfolio, ABAP is central to SAP customer landscapes. To help these customers meet modern business needs, SAP continues to add enhancements and new capabilities for ABAP that bring the latest technologies — such...MORE »»


Modification-Free Extensions for SAP S/4HANA

by Karl Kessler | August 24, 2017

SAP customers have long been able to tailor SAP standard applications to their needs using various extension options, such as predefined extension points and modifications. SAP S/4HANA and the cloud, however, bring with them demands such as rapid onboarding and...MORE »»


A New ABAP Programming Model for Digital Business

by Karl Kessler | April 24, 2017

With digitization a top priority, many organizations are preparing to transition to SAP S/4HANA and its built-in support for business operations in the digital age. To meet the needs of this new type of deployment — which requires cloud qualities...MORE »»


Making the Move to SAP S/4HANA

by Karl Kessler | January 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....MORE »»


Introducing ABAP 7.51

by Karl Kessler | October 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...MORE »»


Integrating ABAP-Based Processes into Smart Factories

by Karl Kessler | August 4, 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...MORE »»


A New Development Platform for Native SAP HANA Applications

by Karl Kessler | April 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...MORE »»


ABAP for the Modern Age

by Karl Kessler | January 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...MORE »»


Enhanced ABAP Development with Core Data Services (CDS)

by Karl Kessler | October 8, 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...MORE »»


A Foundation for the Future

by Karl Kessler | July 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...MORE »»


SAP Fiori Application Development in the Cloud

by Monika Kaiser and Karl Kessler | April 2, 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...MORE »»


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

by Karl Kessler | January 1, 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...MORE »»



by Karl Kessler | October 1, 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...MORE »»


Demystifying SAP’s Support Strategy for SAP NetWeaver 7.4

by Karl Kessler | July 1, 2014

To enable customers to keep pace with the latest SAP technology advances while maintaining a stable environment, SAP delivers innovation in a controlled and non-disruptive fashion via support packages. This article answers key questions around SAP’s strategy for delivering new...MORE »»


Take Your SAP Solutions to New Heights with the Latest Release of SAP NetWeaver 7.4

by Karl Kessler | April 1, 2014

Support package stack (SPS) 05 for SAP NetWeaver 7.4 is much more than a collection of bug fixes. It is a milestone in the SAP technology journey that takes full advantage of innovations such as SAP HANA, for which SAP...MORE »»


How SAP NetWeaver 7.4 on SAP HANA Is Transforming Customer Landscapes — And What It Means for You

by Karl Kessler | January 1, 2014

SAP HANA introduces a completely new layer of programmatic access and enables a modern user experience whether on a desktop or mobile device. To take advantage of these innovations, SAP has transformed its solutions to integrate with SAP HANA. This...MORE »»


SAP's Karl Kessler shares his outlook and advice for SAP developers

by Karl Kessler | December 19, 2013

Karl Kessler sat down at SAP TechEd to talk about development for SAP: the new Web IDE, HANA, mobility, the cloud, and where Java, JavaScript, and ABAP now stand in this picture. Karl also shares a look  ahead to what's coming for...MORE »»


End-to-End Development Scenarios from SAP: Bridging the On-Demand and On-Premise Divide with SAP Tools for Eclipse

by Karl Kessler and Monika Kaiser | October 1, 2013

New ways of doing business spurred by innovation has multiplied tools available to developers. To help bring some order to the chaos, SAP has introduced end-to-end developer scenarios — guided tutorials that demonstrate how to implement new technologies such...MORE »»


End-to-End Development Scenarios from SAP: A Faster, Easier Way to Add Mobile, Cloud, and In-Memory Enhancements to Your Solutions

by Karl Kessler | July 1, 2013

New trends such as in-memory, cloud, and mobile solutions provide many opportunities for businesses, but they also put a burden on developers. To enable organizations to benefit from these technologies and help developers shoulder this responsibility, SAP NetWeaver 7.4 introduces...MORE »»


The "Innovation Without Disruption" Mission Continues

by Karl Kessler | July 1, 2012

The ability to deliver innovation without disrupting critical business processes continues to be top of mind for SAP customers. Core processes, such as financial and logistics processes, must run continuously, with only a few small windows allowed for performing system...MORE »»


Paving the Way for UI Enhancements: New Web Dynpro Capabilities Available with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Enhancement Packages 1 and 2

by Karl Kessler | January 1, 2011

Web Dynpro is the user interface (UI) development platform of choice for SAP Business Suite. Learn about Web Dynpro’s basic principles, its interoperability with other UI technologies, and its new capabilities available with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 enhancement packages 1 and...MORE »»


New Tools and Time Savers for Developers: The Latest from SAP NetWeaver Enhancement Packages

by Karl Kessler | October 1, 2009

SAP's enhancement package strategy allows customers to better manage innovation in their solution landscapes. That strategy now also has implications for the technology platform, with direct benefits for developers. Discover new productivity tools and useful features (including a new, two-way...MORE »»


New Features in SAP Web Application Server 6.40 for ABAP Developers

by Karl Kessler | January 1, 2004

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