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SAP TechEd 2017 focuses on next-gen development tools

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At SAP TechEd 2017, SAP rolled out some new developer tools that are intended to extend the SAP platform and drive development of SAP Leonardo applications.

The TechEd conference has become an important vehicle for SAP to show developers the tools they can use to advance digital transformation business projects and applications.

True to form, SAP TechEd 2017 offered loads of technical information for the SAP geek crowd to absorb, and SAP announced a number of products and partnerships that they can use to extend their SAP platforms and build new applications.

In this podcast, SearchSAP Executive Editor David Essex and News Editor Jim O'Donnell discuss SAP TechEd 2017 and how it differs from SAP Sapphire. O'Donnell, who attended SAP TechEd 2017, which was held in September in Las Vegas, reports that it's considerably smaller than Sapphire, but also has a somewhat different purpose. While Sapphire draws a larger crowd of business-oriented SAP users and partners, SAP TechEd 2017 is aimed primarily at an SAP developer crowd.

The vendor is intent on using SAP Cloud Platform as a vehicle for these next-generation technologies, as is exemplified by Leonardo, the product family for technologies like the internet of things, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain. SAP used SAP TechEd 2017 as a means to demonstrate how companies can benefit from these technologies and how developers can turn these technical building blocks into real applications.

The question on the minds of some attendees, however, was whether or not SAP is looking too far into the future too fast and is not paying enough attention to the realities of SAP development now. The developers who attend SAP TechEd tend to be experts in ABAP, SAP's venerable development language, and they wanted assurance that these skills will be valuable in the future, as well. To this end, when SAP CTO Bjorn Goerke announced that ABAP would be available in the SAP Cloud Platform in 2018, it drew loud cheers from the keynote audience.

SAP also made it clear that data integration will be a major priority, with several announcements of products and partnerships. One of these was SAP Data Hub, a software product that provides a common framework to integrate data from a variety of sources, including Hadoop data lakes and SAP ERP transactional systems, which can then be used in applications that derive business value from the data.

SAP is doing a better job of showing what the future holds for digital transformation technologies, but what remains to be seen is how quickly these tools can be used in building these applications.

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