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If you attended the keynote at SAP TechEd in Barcelona (or watched online), then you heard Björn Goerke, SAP's CTO and president of SAP Cloud Platform, hammer home the point of "keep the core clean." (If you missed the keynote, check out the replay.)

After Björn emphasized this message, you may have taken off your astronaut helmet, scratched your head, and wondered aloud, "What does this have to do with the 'Opportunity of a Lifetime,' the keynote's theme?"

Well, I'm glad you asked. Not to put words in Björn's mouth, but I believe he was pointing out that customizing standard core systems can lock them, preventing easy updates and upgrades. By adding customizations and extensions to the SAP Cloud Platform instead, however, developers can maintain stable systems while continuing to innovate.

"But, Jerry," you say, "I have more questions."

To which I say: "Dammit, Jim, I'm a writer, not a developer!"

Oh. Wait. That was last year.

Anyway, rather than mangle the message, I think it would be best to go straight to the source. In this follow-up video, Björn clarifies what he means by "keep the core clean."

Need even more details? Then you may want to read this Forbes article. In this piece, Björn talks more about "keep the core clean" and covers several other topics as well.

Still have questions? Please leave comments below. Just, ya know, keep the language as clean as the core, please.