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Celebrating 5 years of sitNL


On Saturday November 23, it was time to celebrate our 5th anniversary. For the 5th time SAP NetWeaver and SAP TechEd enthusiasts gathered together to share knowledge at SAP Inside Track Netherlands, sitNL in short.

Or to look at it from another perspective, our little event is just the warm up for Haseenah’s delicious dinner party in the evening :wink:

Our sitNL birthday cake

Some statistics

The Ciber office was crowded, 62 participants joined for our SAP TechEd XPerience event.

Some participant statistics


  • 52 from the Netherlands
  • 5 from Belgium
  • 4 from Germany
  • 1 from Norway (Thanks for joining Njal 😉
  • 44 different companies
  • 7 customer representatives
  • 12 freelancers
  • 14 from Ciber
  • 3 from Accenture
  • 3 from TCS
  • 2 from Synerscope

Some other sitNL statistics

  • 14 high quality sessions (agenda)
  • 1 entertaining Pubquiz
  • 1 live podcast recording by the Dutch BI Podcast members
  • 1 delicious dinner by Haseenah Penninkhof


Roel van den Berge already shared his personal sitnl experiences. In this blog I’ll try to recap the day in pictures, slides, replays and some words.

Welcome and opening


Practical use of innovations, check out how Mr. Bean uses scissors, his credit card and his socks to create a lunch.

Innovations without practical use or where the end user experience is not taken into account will have a hard time in maturing.




SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Matthias prepared the keynote for Vishal at SAP TechEd in Bangalore :wink:

Try it yourself, experience the cloud at

When asked about participating the opensap courses, the majority of the sitNL crowd raised their hands. And made Matthias happy of course.




Visual analysis of relational data with SynerScope on HANA

niels.willems, Danny Holten

SynerScope is one of the HANA startup companies. Niels joined the winning InnoJam and DemoJam team at SAP TechEd in Amsterdam.

Niels and Danny proved that a good visualization of data is the right starting point for analysis.



Test Driven Development(TDD) Introduction and Live ABAP Unit TDD Coding Session


First of the packed sessions. Hendrik brought great looking slides and did some live ABAP coding.  He even dared to use the word ‘Fascinating’ for ABAP 7.4. Fascinating is a word that has special meaning to those who attended keynotes by Jim Hagemann Snabe.



What I took away from SAP TechEd with regards to enterprise mobility (and devs)


Our rockstar who even used a rocksong on stage. “Keep on coding in the free world”. His SAP based lyrics even matched the original song “Keep on rocking in the free world”.

Roel managed to include a live demo of the AppBuilder, which was only released a few days before.


"Keep on coding in the free world" movie


Search through your ABAP code base realtime non-HANA


A busy ‘dad’, as Roy’s family recently grew with a third child. Roy’s talk was about a real time search, without HANA (!).  With his solution he made developers life easy at a large international company.




Dutch BI Podcast - live

r.konijnenburg xavier.hackingjeroenvandera sven.vanleuken

Two members of the podcast (Xavier and Jeroen) recently finished a new SAP Press book, Getting Started with SAP Business Objects Design Studio. Thanks to them we could give away one copy during the pubquiz.

The Dutch BI podcast took of in … Dutch, of course 😉 They talked about Agile Analytics, Predictive Analysis and reports that have been created in the past.


Video replay


Let's take that call. Build your own Fiori style (calltaker) app

leo.vanhengel3 wim.snoep2

Well, here is a note to ourselves. If you include a session about Fiori, SAPUI5, SAP NetWeaver Gateway and some live coding – make sure that your room is large enough. Fully packed is a term that needed to be redefined, people had to stand in the hallway to see and hear Leo and Wim.



Developing a SAPUI5 Desktop UI with the Neptune Application Designer


This year the 'most kilometers award' goes to Njål who travelled all the way from Norway to show us how to create mobile applications right out of the ABAP workbench using the Neptune Application Designer.


Replay #1

Replay #2


Trends, some live hacking, statistics, SAP Security topics from SAP TechEd 2013


Our long time sitNL friend, Joris, talked about dangerous ABAP commands and did some live hacking. It is scary to see how easy it is to hack into an SAP system. He also pointed out the SAP NetWeaver add on for code vulnerability analysis, a mouth full. Great tool, but additional licenses required :neutral:





HANA vs RDBMS battles and HANA integration into ABAP 7.4


How cool to see that new community members step up and take the stage. Wouter did a HANA versus RDBMS battle. And even mentioned Oracle on our SAP event.



Overview of where and how business logic is implemented in SAP applications


Although sitNL is a techie based event, Fred dared to do a talk about business rules. It was an interactive session where for example b.meijs stood up to talk about the separation of concerns.

Somewhere the H-word or The-Word-That-Must-Not-Be-Named got mentioned. But regardless of that, the room was packed.


HANA Control Center (SAPUI5 app) in the Mobile Portal


Tamas brought his SAP TechEd story on the HANA monitoring app. With that HANA is in control :wink:




Floorplan Manager introduction. What is Floorplan Manager, why should we use it and where to start


Good to see the good old SFLIGHT_LIST pop in at a session on the Floor Plan Manager. Again it is proven that live coding guarantees a full house. Although full house was some kind of an understatement.


Surprise session - please don't tell me what it's going to be about!


The online Thorsten stepped in for the real live Thorsten, who got involved in 3 simultaneous projects and was not able to join us IRL. Best alternative was to set up a live stream with Operatics_DE office. In the end that was quite difficult, as we could not manage to get both video and audio.

Thorsten shared his experiences about starting your own company. I only wish I knew that in advance so that I had the chance to evacuate my Ciber colleagues :lol:





Difficult, easy, catchy, … all kind of questions that were collected by our famous quizmaster Sven. Winners could choose one of the SAP Press books accompanied by some hats/shirts and bags from our sponsors.




Mrs. Haseenah Penninkhof

One word: Delicious and Wonderful. Oh no, more than one word. It’s hard to state down in words how we experienced Mrs. Penninkhof’s dinner. We all  our chef.


Some final words

To finalize, some predictions for trending topics in 2014:


Open Source SAPUI5, of course. See Jan Penninkhof’s blog.

Final thanks

  • To our presenters for their high quality sessions
  • To our attendees for joining our 5th anniversary
  • To Mrs. Penninkhof for her enthusiasm and delicious dinner, again
  • To our sponsors Ciber, Phoqus, SAP Press, Intenzz and NL4B
  • To the celebration committee jan.penninkhof2fred.verheul, roel.vandenberge, sven.vanleuken, tamas.szirtes, twan.vandenbroek
  • To my colleagues at Ciber for setting up the rooms and cleaning them afterwards
  • To the SCN community for being such an active one


More pictures in our sitNL 2013 Flickr album.