The forum is about to close, final exams have been graded, we had more than 18.000 learners signed up by the end of the course, and I have packed up my home studio; our Developing and Extending SAP Fiori Elements Apps openSAP course is now done. I hope you had as much fun and learned as much as I did during the process. In this blog post, I’ll summarize what I enjoyed most about the course, and point you to some additional resources so you can continue your learning and how to address any additional questions.
In case you missed the course, it is now available in self-paced mode including the possibility to get a certificate and to do all the exercises. While the forum will no longer be available, you can post your questions here in the community.
Active forums brought up some good discussion topics
The course forum was very active with almost a thousand questions and we did our best to answer them in a timely manner. It was a bit overwhelming. But we loved it, because it showed us that participants appreciated the exercises and we received lots of very valuable feedback, which we have either directly incorporated in the exercises, forwarded to the right channel within SAP or put into our backlogs (features, documentation, further training material). On some we are still working.
While the openSAP team has closed the forum for the course by now we nevertheless want to encourage you to keep asking questions. You can do so in our SAP Fiori elements and SAP Fiori tools community. If you add the user tag ‘openSAP Fiori elements’ we will know that your question relates to the course.
What I learned during the course
On the technical side, I got confirmation that learning how SAP Fiori elements is quite straight forward, if you get appropriate guidance and have technical experts around who you can ask questions. This became apparent from the questions in the forum. By the middle of week 1, I’m sure most of the course participants realized that this is a development tool for developers. Yes, it requires significantly less coding than traditional freestyle development, but you are still working in IDEs and creating applications.
This was a complex course on a technical topic. This is one of the reasons we had so many different presenters. Any openSAP course has many moving parts with the slides, recordings, assessment questions, web site, communications, and quality control. Peter wrote about this in his blog post about what happens behind the scenes. The project management challenge of managing many workstreams simultaneously does not vanish when the course goes live. Marcus Holger Erb and Ruxandra Zamfir seemed to be online around the clock orchestrating responses to the questions and following-up on any technical issues that arose.
The scope and complexity of the course allowed me to meet many new colleagues, some of whom are outside the sphere of my daily work. Their passion and knowledge of their respective topics was so impressive. It was great to see people step up to share their knowledge with the community by answering questions or voicing their opinions in the forum. I’d like to express my special thanks to all the content experts and unit owners and in particular to Stefan Engelhardt – his contribution to the forum has been invaluable, Oliver Graeff from the SAPUI5 team, Raz Korn from SAP Business Application Studio, Andre Fischer and Carine Tchoutouo Djomo from the ABAP Platform team – the list is of course much longer. But not only colleagues from SAP contributed – special thanks also to Peter Li who has answered many questions in the forum and thus helped his fellow learners. And many others did too.
There was a strong ask for even more content and deep dives on a whole bunch of topics. We will follow-up on this, but we’d also like to point you to some resources to help you continue learning, whether you prefer to deep-dive on a specific topic, read curated articles about various development topics every other month, or interact with peers who are also developing SAP Fiori elements apps.
SAP Fiori elements
Sign up for the SAP Fiori development newsletter to get the latest product updates.
Or join the SAP Fiori elements roundtable group, where you can discuss your development projects with peers from other companies and hear updates from the SAP development team.
As a quick start we offer hands-on tutorials, that you can do on your own schedule (similar to the openSAP course, but not graded):
and an expert paper which provides a concise summary of SAP Fiori elements
Continue your learning journey at SAPUI5 Flexibility – All You Need to Know, which is the central entry point to all information related to SAPUI5 flexibility. And on SAPUI5 as such, there is of course https://ui5.sap.com and the SAPUI5 Community page.
On behalf of the entire team that brought you the openSAP course on Developing and Extending SAP Fiori Elements Apps, thank you for spending the last month with us and let us know how we can support your learning journey. Also, we are eager to see the apps you build, so please share the screens, along with some background on the use case in the SAP Community.