As a SAP mentor for seven years, I get to learn new things and ideas with my colleagues in the SAP community. Recently, I was at the IFG for PI(International Focus Groups the old GSIG) on my way to Stockholm with Holger Himmelmann and Michal Krawcyzk. I created a video regarding IFlows which is a large part of acquiring 7.31 Dual Stack does not support BPMN and modeling framework. The BPMN modeling is very important and I realized that you can install 7.31 without any issue and start using it and also you need to take time for the migration. This can mean shutting down your Pi systems and conducting testing on your server as a result this would take a lot of your time . I think before you even download it is best to have a deep knowledge about dual stack if you want to implement this into your business.
You need to consider a lot of things. Single stack is often used by business owners which has enormous support you can acquire from asking SAP developers. Before doing any PI installation, be sure to consult your PI developer or watch this video for your guide.
There are certain situations where a client and contractor may encounter a failed work. As a SAP freelancer, thorough communication and gathering important details for a SAP Project is very crucial so that the end result would be a win-win for both parties. I just remembered a story wherein I was working a project for a client and I misunderstood the requirements that they wanted to achieved.
And so I had to go back to my work and discuss details to them and I found it is not what they are looking. I began to clarify and asked them what they really wanted for their site. It was a search functionality that they were after and the more I probe. They had additional specifications.
Now I learned that working for a SAP client, you need to ask every question you need to ask for you and the client to be on the same page. Normally, asking the nature of their business and processes what they want to implement. Like for example if they want search capability for their site. I could have easily looked on my site at piarchitecture.com for what they have needed since I created some templates and documentations.
Again it is very important to gather and understand information. Critical thinking is a must when it comes to SAP PI projects. As I go along the way of my journey, I will carry this experience and improve my approach in terms of working to client’s specification for future SAP projects.
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In late December 2011 I performed a survey to learn how people see their skills in the SAP PI space. There were 40 respondents on the survey, which gave a good indication of some trends. But I don’t think it has statistical significance, it is way too long time I have had statistics to remember how to calculate it.
Watch the video to get a commentary on the results.
I wanted to learn what people found most important, and also where they saw they needed to improve in 2012. I did have some areas that I expected to be interesting. I got the following responses.
Want to learn
BPM and BPMN
Proxy / Enterprise SOA
I have highlighted those areas that I find most interesting and people voted for.
Almost everybody said that adapters and mappings are most important to know, and not a lot wanted to learn it. I do agree that you cannot make anything if you don’t how to use the adapter or mappings. There must be some threshold where you need to have your skills regarding adapters. You need to know those adapters that you are using, and then it is not difficult to learn new adapters. It is much similarly with graphical mappings, the basic concepts of it is quite difficult to understand, but when you get there you can move easy.
The BPM and BPMN are quite high also. This is something that people want to learn in this coming year. I have an idea that we do not get to use the tools often enough to become used to ccBPM. I think that you can be a good SAP PI developer, without using BPM. It is not a lot of use cases where it makes sense to have them. A skill is also to know when to use BPM and when not to. I would though recommend that you practice when you have the chance.
Of upcoming things it looks like the module development and java mappings is excellent examples on where we can improve our skills. I guess that I will make sense to make some courses in this perspective to make people learn how to use the tools much better.
The naming conventions are also quite important for people, but it is not something that they want to learn more about. I guess this was something that I should have known before I created my naming convention program last year. I would though still think that it is something that people could use.
Proxy and Enterprise SOA is also a hot topic to be good at. I don’t know if the two topics should have been split, it would probably have made sense. It is two different skills that you need to acquire to use them. Proxy is the technical part where E SOA is the business part.
There were also free text fields to get the input that I forgot.
Other skill that is important is to be able to understand the flow of the processes involved. It makes it easier to understand if you know something about the lingo and know why the business wants something.
ABAP has mentioned by a lot of people. I think it is quite true, it becomes much easier if you can do a little ABAP around proxys or idoc extensions.
One of the big items that I forgot was the troubleshooting and monitoring aspects. Every pi developer needs to take his terms in supporting a running PI solution. We all need to be good at the support part, if we want to serve our clients or employer’s.
One take away from it is that the last 2 weeks before Christmas is not a good time, if you want to have a lot of comments. I guess that it is something; I’ll take into consideration next year.
I’m really happy with the progress on SAP PI. There are always coming new features you need to master, to make sure that you get the full benefit of the latest releases. We often do not want to move outside of our comfort zone to learn anything new. So we often revert back to what we know, even if it is not the best solution.
I was hosting an SAP PI skill Experts Networking Lounge at SAP Teched Madrid. At this session I was talking about all you need to learn to be an excellent SAP PI developer. I was asked about which skills that I found interesting and most useful. I gave my first impression there. But after some thought here is my best ideas.
Please watch the video to learn more of the topic.
I also wanted to ask what skills you want to learn in 2012. Fill in my survey and I’ll be able to answer from a much broader perspective. You can access the PI skills survey here. Please answer before 2/1 – 12. I’ll draw some winners of some products that I’m going to release in 2012.