Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SAP Netweaver Gateway – Useful transactions

In some earlier articles on this blog (like this one), we discussed SAP Netweaver Gateway, SAP's platform for exposing business information and functionality to the outside world.

In this blog about SAP Netweaver Gateway we will discuss the most important transactions that you might use when you are working with SAP Netweaver Gateway. These transactions vary from customizing, development and testing / monitoring transactions.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Using object and subobject in configuration determination

In some of my previous blogs I mentioned using the DO_CONFIG_DETERMINATION to change screen layout determination. In the blog here, I even mention that using the object_type and subobject_type is not recommended, because it apparently is hardcoded. This is true for some objects.
But not for all.

So let's take a look at what it does and how we can use it.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SEPA is coming…

From 1 February 2014, there is a new European payment standard: Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). SEPA is a European Union (EU) integration initiative in the area of payments that ensures that there is no difference between domestic and cross-border payments in the 32 participating European countries. 

As of February 2014 we will only be using IBAN instead of our traditional bank account number. The goal is to make it easier for organizations and consumers to make cross-border payments and to save costs.

SEPA currently consists of the 27 EU Member States plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Monaco. 

Time is ticking….

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SAP's platform for HTML5 based UI's: SAPUI5

According to a presentation by SAP's Michael Falk in November 2012, the SAP User Interface landscape these days consists of many different types of platforms, consuming datasources from many different platforms. According to SAP's current strategy, the choice of the User Interface depends on several factors, like type of user and type of function. This being Acorel's Blog, we usually focus on tweaking and adjusting the SAP CRM Webclient.

These days though, with Cloud solutions and Mobility gaining popularity, we should also start looking at other User Interface techniques. As can be read in Michael Falk's presentation here, there is a relatively new User Interface coming up fast.

You guessed it. We are blogging on SAPUI5, the HTML5 based user interface used by SAP to build rich internet applications and Mobile apps. If you look at sheet 21 of Michael Falk's presentation (which I consider a reflection of SAP's UI strategy), the whole landscape is suddenly drenched with HTML5. Could this be a sign?

Let's take a quick look at SAPUI5.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Winning the VNSG DemoJam: The Acorel Service Drone

Every year in january we organize our own internal Acorel InnoJam. This is a 24 hour development marathon (alike the SAP InnoJam) in which we try to create innovative applications to explore the limits of our capabilities and to share knowledge. Also we want to end up with a demo which is suitable for the VNSG (Dutch SAP User Group) DemoJam.

For this year the organizers came up with the idea to use a Parrot AR Drone 2.0 in this years InnoJam. Although a Drone of course is cool, we needed a realistic business scenario to make it a valid demo for the DemoJam. One of our functional colleagues, whom at the moment was involved in Mobility Strategy sessions at one of our customers, came up with a service inspector scenario. That customer needed an app with which they could easily navigate to service objects, which could be cranes and buildings and other large objects. We immediatly knew our scenario: the combination of Augmented Reality (a layer over the reality) to find objects to inspect and the Drone to take pictures on higher altitudes of objects that needed inspection.