2014 Annual

    Atlanta, GA

    April 14-17, 2014

    at the Hilton Atlanta



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    The following sessions will be part of the in-conference SAP Application Development track in Atlanta:

    • Agile Software Engineering - An Overview - Dave Fish (2 Hour Lecture)

      This session will provide attendees with an introduction to Agile Software Engineering. Agile concepts will be discussed along with the pros and cons of Agile development and a discussion of how Agile Software Engineering can help your organization develop higher quality applications in a shorter period of time than when using traditional application development methodologies.

      This lecture session will focus on Agile Software Engineering concepts with a discussion of Agile terms and methodologies. Topics include SCRUM, Pair Programming, Test Driven Development, Refactoring, UI Testing, Continuous Integration, Backlog Estimation, Release Planning, Test Planning, and the ROI of Agile methods.  There will also be a discussion of how NOT to do Agile Software Engineering. What traps and pitfalls Agile teams need to watch out for when implementing Agile Software Engineering in their organization.

    • An Introduction to the UI Development Toolkit for HTML5 (aka SAPUI5) (Part I) - Dave Fish (Half-Day Workshop)

      During this hands on session attendees will learn about the MVC based SAPUI5 web development toolkit, its various libraries and features and learn how to build modern and attractive web applications for the desktop and for mobile applications.

      Part 1: This hands on session will introduce attendees to the SAPUI5 web development toolkit. Using their own laptops attendees will discover the features of the toolkit and build web and mobile web applications using this HTML5 and JQuery based toolkit. In this session users will learn how to download and install the SAPUI5 SDK and set up the Eclipse environment to use SAPUI5 to build web applications. Exercises will focus on creating an SAPUI5 project, and using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) paradigm. This session will also focus on data binding.

    • An Introduction to the UI Development Toolkit for HTML5 (aka SAPUI5) (Part 2) - Dave Fish (Half-Day Workshop)

      During this hands on session attendees will learn about the MVC based SAPUI5 web development toolkit, its various libraries and features and learn how to build modern and attractive web applications for the desktop and for mobile applications.

      Part 2: This session will build on the skills learned in the first session and cover topics such as data binding using OData, resource repositories, and resource handling. Students will also learn about modularization, localization, styling and theming applications, and extending SAPUI5 controls and components. We will also cover security and how to optimize SAPUI5 applications.

    • Best Practices using SAP ASE Windows Drivers - Paul Vero (2 Hour Lecture)

      In this session we will cover best practices in using SAP ASE Windows Drivers (ODBC and ADO.NET) in regards to various applications, ranging from small customer applications to enterprise level.  The session will break out via SAP ASE ODBC Driver and ADO.NET Provider. We will cover certain connection properties relevant to performance and optimizations and how to tune the drivers to achieve best results. Focus is centered on the use of new SAP ASE functionality implemented for use with SAP Business Suite but in terms of custom application development as well as use of Windows packaged services such as IIS and SSIS, as examples. These areas will be covered at low level in custom code to high level.

    • Building an ODBC Utility Library with SAP ASE ODBC Driver - Paul Vero (Half-Day Workshop)

      The workshop will demonstrate how to build a Windows DLL using Windows Visual Studio (versions can be 2008, 2010, 2012) to be used for testing applications and learning ODBC API concepts. It's a hands on session where the library will be built, covering nuances of Visual Studio and some of my techniques I use to build such a DLL/Library. The second part will be dealing with creating an application and how to use it with our newly created library.

    • First Steps in Test Automation - Brian Le Suer (1 Hour Lecture)

      Like most endeavors, there is no substitute for good planning when it comes to software test automation. For those who are new to automated testing or anyone finding that their recent efforts have fallen short of expectations, this session will provide guidance to lay the groundwork for a successful experience, where a positive return on investment is achieved.

      The session includes a discussion of Goal Setting, Staff hiring and training, Test tool evaluation, Assessment of feasibility for automating testing for the target application, development of automation-ready test plans, guidance on deciding what to automate and best practices for test case design, test frameworks and test data management.

    • Introducing SAP Mobile Platform (SMP 3.0) - Dave Fish (1 Hour Lecture)

      This session will demonstrate the features of SMP 3.0 and show attendees how they can use it to deploy and manage mobile applications in their organization. The focus will be on how SMP 3.0 can be used to deploy applications to mobile devices, manage those applications, register users and devices, and monitor application usage in the organization.

    • Introduction to SAP River - Dave Fish (1 Hour Lecture)

      SAP River is a new development language and environment for developing a complete SAP HANA backend application, describing the data model, the business logic and access control within a single and integrated program specification. With SAP River the developer can focus on the business intent of the application, and largely ignore issues of implementation and optimization. These aspects are taken care of automatically by the SAP River language tools, which select, on compilation, the most appropriate SAP HANA run-time context for each application object and component. In this session you will learn about SAP River and see a live demonstration on how to create entities, relationships, and application logic from within the SAP HANA Studio product.

    • Introduction to Syclo/Agentry Apps in SMP 3.0 - Tony Woods (1 Hour Lecture)

      Learn about SAP Mobile Apps by Syclo (former Syclo SMART Mobile Suite for SAP) and its Agentry Architecture. Discover how Syclo’s technology and prebuilt applications present a flexible, reliable and cost-effective framework for enabling the mobile enterprise.

    • SAP HANA as a Platform for Application Development - Ron Silberstein (1 Hour Lecture) [Cross Track]

      In addition to it’s prominent role as a database which features innovative technology, SAP HANA is a platform for developing and deploying all kinds of applications. See an overview of the various architectural approaches available when building an SAP HANA-based applications. Gain an understanding of the options for native SAP HANA development: Extended Application Services (XS for short) and River. Grasp how SAP’s widely used language, ABAP, has been renovated and optimized for use with SAP HANA. Examine how SAP HANA supports application development using well known development approaches such as Java, .Net, etc. Delve into key principles important for developing any type of application that runs on SAP HANA, such as “pushing down” data-intensive operations into the SAP HANA database in order to ensure maximum performance. Take away a firm understanding of the various ways that SAP HANA enables and supports application development, including options, tradeoffs, and core concepts.

    • SAP Mobile SDK 3.0 Overview - Tony Woods (1 Hour Lecture)

      The SAP Mobile SDK provides client frameworks and tools for developing native, hybrid (HTML5 + JS + native), and player-style applications, as well as SMS workflows. Learn how to navigate the Mobile SDK and the SDK components and how they can be used to develop B2B, B2E, and B2C mobile applications.

    • The 'M' Word in Test Automation - Brian Le Suer (1 Hour Lecture)

      ‘Maintenance’ is a dirty word in test automation circles, the ‘M’ word if you will. Test tool vendors don’t like to talk about it because it muddies the clear waters of record/playback and other ‘ease of use’ features that are often touted as silver bullets in the field of Software Quality Assurance. Test automation is supposed to reduce costs while increasing efficiency in a test organization, but test maintenance can quickly erode the return on investment if the approach and framework are not designed to ensure that tests can be modified quickly and easily as the target application changes over time. After all, if our applications were static, there would be no need for automated testing.

      This session is targeted at the test automation architect. When selecting tools and building an automation framework, there are at least four areas where making the right choices can significantly reduce maintenance costs: test plans, test tool architecture, test framework and test data.

    • Understanding and Building Applications with the Open Data Protocol (Odata) for SAP ASE and SAP SQL Anywhere - Javier Cuerva (1 Hour Lecture)

      OData (Open Data Protocol) enables data services over RESTful HTTP, allowing you to perform operations through URIs (Universal Resource Identifiers) to access and modify information.  This session will cover the ODATA concepts and how SAP ASE and SAP SQL Anywhere provide Odata support in the current releases.

    • Using Apache Cordova (Kapsel) and SAP AppBuilder to Develop HTML5 Hybrid Apps in SMP 3.0 - Tony Woods (1 Hour Lecture)

      Kapsel is a new hybrid application approach for the SAP Mobile Platform. A Kapsel app runs in an Apache Cordova container which contains a browser that renders the UI of the application. In this session, we will discover how this is used in conjuntion with SAP AppBuilder to create HTML5 apps that connect to the SAP Mobile Platform.

    • Use of SAP ASE ADO.NET BulkLoad capabilities - Paul Vero (1 Hour Lecture)

      The SAP ASE ADO.NET Data Provider is capable of using bulk library-like capabilities to load data into the SAP ASE. This is achieved via the use of customer applications as well as the Microsoft SQL Server SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services).  The lecture will cover the various levels of bulk loading, similar in effect to the bcp utility in Open Client. This capability will provide a means to effectively transfer large amounts of data from one database to another. SAP ASE is the target and source is typically SAP ASE or other databases in the case of mixed shops.


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