What's the Next Generation in SAP Application Development?

  • by James Wood, Founder and Principal Consultant, Bowdark Consulting
  • February 24, 2014
SAP Professional Journal
Using five scenarios, James Wood shows how new technologies in the SAP landscape may shape the way that applications are designed and developed in the months and years to come.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you’ll:

  • Learn how next generation technologies may impact the way that applications are developed in the future
  • Recognize how new products and technologies are positioned within the SAP technology landscape

In the past several years, there has been a huge shift in the SAP development landscape. While most of the SAP development community has been focused on SAP HANA technology, several other key products and technologies have silently emerged as key enablers for delivering next generation applications. Some of the more prominent products and technologies in this space include:

  • SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP)
  • SAP Mobile Platform (SMP)
  • SAP NetWeaver Gateway
  • SAPUI5 and SAP Fiori
  • SAP River

When combined with the innovations introduced with SAP HANA, developers now have a set of tools for developing applications in the cloud, mobile applications, and much, much more. I’ll try to make sense of all this by providing a glimpse at how these new technologies may factor into the way that next generation applications are developed within the SAP landscape.

James Wood

James Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc., an SAP NetWeaver consulting and training organization. With more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer, James specializes in custom development in the areas of ABAP Objects, Java/J2EE, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Before starting Bowdark Consulting, Inc. in 2006, James was an SAP NetWeaver consultant for SAP America, Inc., and IBM Corporation, where he was involved in multiple SAP implementations. He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also the author of Object-Oriented Programming with ABAP Objects (SAP PRESS, 2009), ABAP Cookbook (SAP PRESS, 2010), and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration: A Developer’s Guide (Bowdark Press, 2011). James is also a contributor to Advancing Your ABAP Skills, an anthology that holds a collection of articles recently published in SAP Professional Journal and BI Expert.

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5/18/2014 2:42:32 PM


Will SAP provide SAPUI5 version of HCM Processes and Forms? and will DPF (digital personnel file) support SAPUI5-based forms?


4/4/2014 11:38:15 AM
Andrea Haynes

James Wood has responded as follows:
I would lump SAP River in with the collection of tools available for native SAP HANA development. In many respects, you can think of it as a declarative alternative to server-side JavaScript for building OData-based services on the SAP HANA XS engine. For example, if you look at Figure 1, SAP River would fit into the OData Provider box, facilitating data exchange with SAPUI5 applications. The intent is to be able to use SAP River to quickly and easily build out OData services on top of SAP HANA data sources (e.g. tables, view, etc.). In the long run, River is part of the burgeoning set of tools developers can use to build native applications on top of the SAP HANA Platform.
4/4/2014 10:35:40 AM

Where do you think the SAP's new River Language fits in? (Ref: www.sap-river.com)

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