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Meet Espresso Tutorials author Thomas Stutenbäumer. Thomas is the author of Practical Guide to SAP ABAP Part 1 and Part II (soon to be released).
How did you get your start with SAP?
At the end of the 1990’s I worked for a utility company with a lot of old applications that couldn’t handle the 2000 dates. I was the project leader and assigned the task of coming up with an IT strategy to make the transition and upgrade all enterprise applications.
One of the results of the strategy was implementing SAP R/3 in 1998.
What are you most proud of in your SAP career?
Up to 2003, my focus was on coordinating and leading several projects focused on IT strategy. After 2003, I changed my focus to development and was certified as a “SAP Certified Development Consultant” in just 5 weeks.
What are some of the most important trends that you see currently impacting SAP development teams?
I think that the next generation of SAP developments will be tied to the Internet. I don’t think that SAP will use the programming language JAVA. Therefore, developers have to learn the programming tool ABAP WebDynrpo. In addition, companies increasingly have to handle large amounts of data. SAP HANA will come increasingly into play and SAP developers have to be prepared for this.
How do you stay up to date on SAP development topics? What resources do you regularly use?
I regularly use the SAP Marketplace and SAP SCN to stay up to date.
What is your hobby?
I like to go on long hikes with my wife and dog Ben.
Thomas Stutenbäumer has worked for more than 25 years as an IT professional for public utilities. After his study of mathematics at Westfälischen-Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany he was responsible for the reorganization of the IT organization of a medium-sized public utility. He has worked for different professional organizations, published articles on the applications of new information technologies, and appeared as a speaker at utility industry events. For more than 10 years, he has developed ABAP programs and has modified standard SAP code since 2013 has been a senior consultant at the enterprise ConUti GmbH.