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Planning Your SAP NetWeaver Upgrade Strategy

by Karl Kessler | 01/26/2018

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 modern business needs and pave the way to adopting innovations such as SAP S/4HANA. This article helps you make a strategic plan for your organization by providing a concise, comprehensive overview of SAP’s current maintenance strategy for SAP NetWeaver.

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ABAP and the Cloud

by Karl Kessler | 11/09/2017

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 as the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) — to ABAP-based environments. This article looks at the new features delivered with ABAP 7.52 and provides a sneak peek at the planned release of ABAP in SAP Cloud Platform, which enables ABAP developers to easily build innovative cloud applications and helps streamline the transition to the cloud.

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Modification-Free Extensions for SAP S/4HANA

by Karl Kessler | 08/24/2017

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 software update cycles, requiring a new framework for extending applications. This article introduces the extensibility framework delivered with SAP S/4HANA 1511 and 1610. It explains the different extensibility approaches and walks through an example of using in-app extensibility — an approach that enables users to add features to applications using intuitive, web-based tools, without diving into the full details of the underlying code.

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A New ABAP Programming Model for Digital Business

by Karl Kessler | 04/24/2017

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 at large scale and full support for SAP HANA and SAP Fiori — SAP has introduced a new ABAP programming model. This article helps you take advantage of this new model by walking through the requirements for modern application development and how these requirements are met by the ABAP platform as of SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.51. 

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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.