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WhereSheffield Hallam University
WhenSeptember 11th and 12th
HotelsJurys Inn or Novotel

Following on from last year's successful Inside Track Sheffield (read about it here and here) we're expanding the event for this year to cover two days. Day 1 is a traditional Inside Track "unconference" and day 2 is a hands-on session. You are welcome to attend either day or both. Attendance is free on both days, and lunch and refreshments will be provided for both. There will be an evening event on the Friday for those who want to share war-stories and catch up over a beer*

More details of the events on both days will be added here as they are finalised. Check back regularly (smile)

*We're sure non-alcoholic options will also be available.


Both days are being held in the Howard Building on the Sheffield Hallam campus. Directions to the campus and a campus map are here, Or, if you prefer Google, the Howard Building is in the centre of this map.

Live Stream

This year we are hoping to push the realms of technology and try to have a live stream via YouTube - 


Here is the finalised agenda (although some things may still change last minute!) 

Start Time

End Time

Session Details

9:009:15Welcome Reception and Introduction - Room PLT

9:159:55SAP UI5 - An Update - Room PLT (Live Remote session)
(Frederic Berg)

Stream 1 (Room PLT)

Stream 2 (Room H5221)

Stream 3 (Room H5222)


Personas 101
(Steve Rumsby)

UI5 with WebIDE on HCP
(Gareth Ryan)
10:4511:00Coffee Break & Networking (and lunch order!)
11:0011:40Learn to Drive Fiori Apps from Underneath
(DJ Adams)
Migrating Business Suite -> S/4 HANA
(Owen Pettiford)
Hybrid Cloud Deployment
(Chris Kernaghan)
11:5012:30Architecting a Fiori Deployment
(James Ibbotson)
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
(Ian Daniel)
12:3013:30Lunch break & networking
13:3014:10SAP HCP - An Update - Room PLT (Live remote session)
(Matthias Steiner)
14:2015:00A look at 1.28 & 1.30 versions of UI5
(DJ Adams)
Quality Control & Assurance for SAP Implementations
(Michael Koch)
System Monitoring & Performance with Lumira
( Chris Kernaghan)
15:0015:30Coffee Break & Networking
15:3016:10Personas V3 (Steve Rumsby)Enterprise UX - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
(Anthony Cook)
16:2016:35SCN Data Geek Challenge - Room PLT
(Andrew Fox)
16:3516:50Close-down, Announcements & Feedback - Room PLT
16:50LateEvening networking…

Evening Networking

Once the event finishes on Friday we all plan to head over to The Brewhouse, just a few minutes walk from the venue, to unwind, have a beer and some food and just generally talk about whatever takes our fancy - everyone is welcome to join us and the more the merrier.

Hands-on with SAPUI5 - Sheffield

After the resounding success and positive responses to last year’s UI5 CodeJam Liverpool, the UI5 Ninja himself DJ Adams (@qmacro) ably assisted by Gareth Ryan (@wizbongre) will again be delivering another session looking at getting started with UI5 with little to zero prior knowledge.  They will look at topics such as the latest release version 1.30, WebIDE, and how to build a Fiori-like application.

If you are a developer in the SAP or web space and have an interest in learning more about how to be productive with UI5, this hands-on session is perfect for you.  In the space of a day, you will go from nothing to a fully working application and get a great introduction to some of the key concepts essential for building with UI5.  You may have already explored UI5 and just want to get a back to basics insight into how you can apply best practices to help you start your application design and build.  Most importantly, you can expect to have a fun and rewarding day in a room with like-minded individuals who are there to share their knowledge and experience with each other.

Curious about what the hands-on session will be like?  In short, it is an opportunity to get your hands on an SAP technology and have a good old hack; with some guidance and a theme to ensure you go away having learnt something useful and built something worthwhile.  There will be some industry & product experts there to support you, and a general theme and set of activities to work through that will help you get something out of the day.  With low level pre-requisites (pretty much a laptop that can connect to Wi-Fi and a bit of enthusiasm) anyone can come and gain something from the day.

Attendee List, Friday 11th

Attendance is free, but please register here (Eventbrite) so we have an idea of numbers, and add yourself to the table below.

PictureName/SCN ProfileTwitter ID PictureName/SCN ProfileTwitter ID
Steve Rumsby @steverumsby 

Michael Koch@pixelbase
DJ Adams @qmacro Kimmo Jokinen@KimmoJokinen
Andrew Fox@Fox_SAP Vladimirs Semikins@vladimirs_s
Gareth Ryan @wizbongre  Ian Daniel@drijd
George Credland@georgecredland    

Attendee list, Saturday 12th

Attendance is free, but please register here (Eventbrite) and add yourself to the table below. Please note that for logistical reasons attendance for the hands-on session is limited to just 30 people. You need to register separately for this second day.

PictureName/SCN ProfileTwitter ID PictureName/SCN Profile Twitter ID 
Steve Rumsby @steverumsby Kimmo Jokinen @KimmoJokinen
DJ Adams @qmacro  Ian Daniel@drijd
Gareth Ryan @wizbongre  

Michael Koch@pixelbase
Vladimirs Semikins@vladimirs_s    


SAP Inside Tracks are community-driven events. Everyone is welcome, encouraged even, to speak. If you have a session you'd like to lead please list it here, or email Steve Rumsby if you'd like to discuss it first. It doesn't have to be a regular conference-style lecture. Discussion sessions are very welcome, and are often some of the most valuable sessions as they allow many people to contribute and learn from each other. A formal agenda will be published nearer the time.

UI5, Fiori, Development, Debugging

Learn To Drive Fiori Apps From Underneath and Level Up! - This will be a condensed version of the workshop I gave at the inaugural SAP Architect & Developer Summit in Sydney.

Update: I used debugging tools, diagnostics tools and the power of UI5 introspection to modify the HANA Cloud Platform cockpit's Destinations tab, to make it a bit better. Here's the document I put together so you can do it yourself at home: Learn to Drive Fiori Apps from Underneath - Fixing up a nicer HCP Destinations table. I also recorded a screencast of this after the event.

DJ Adams
UI5, OpenUI5, SAPUI5

A look at some of the new 1.28 and 1.30 features of UI5, including the new module definition format, expression bindings, and controls such as the Message Popover, Semantic Page and Quick View.

Update: Source code to the app that I showed in 'old' and 'new' guises is here:

DJ Adams
Personas, UXA look at some of the new capabilities of Personas version 3 and at some examples of how this enables you to simplify your SAPgui experience.Steve Rumsby
FioriArchitecting a Fiori deployment - Deep Technical Overview of how to deploy Fiori applications into a existing SAP Landscape. covering Launchpad Config. Gateway setup config and components needed on the front end vs back end and the recommended deployment options.James Ibboston
CultureOne Size Doesn't Fit All - Companies come in many sizes, as do SAP teams, and each has its own culture, not necessarily matched as you would think. This we be an open discussion about working out what size fits best for you.Ian Daniel
UI5 using WEBIDE on HCPThis will be a beginners guide to creating an initial UI5 application using the WEBIDE tool on HCP (HANA Cloud Platform.) This is a useful tool for creating mock-ups and application stubs, where you might not have the ninja UI5 skills needed to get going!Gareth Ryan
Personas, UXPersonas 101 - An introduction to Personas for anyone who hasn't seen it before, covering basic principles, usage and a live demo.Steve Rumsby
Lumira, AnalyticsTBAAndy Steer
HANA,S4Migrating from Business Suite to S4Owen Pettiford
UXAn overview of UX within the Enterprise space - what is good and what isn'tAnthony Cook


This year's event is generously sponsored by:


And a special thanks to the UK and Ireland SAP User Group and  Opal Tree Solutions here in the UK for helping us spread the word about this event.


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