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My SAP vacation reading material

open sap and open hpi are on a vacation break, so I end up with my continuing SAP education the old-fashioned way by actual SAP help documentation reading.

Here is a short but rich in details PDF source: https://help.sap.com/viewer/9d945c48156348aabea50a88d4661033/BLOCKCHAIN/en-US/9cc0e36120e947e780f1142b8df750c4.html

what is yours?

today's (8/9/19) update:

it was a quick read and the best information that is publicly available short of licensed access to the actual cloud service. in the meantime, i found out that i cannot open incidents for issues in the trial accounts, but did get a very good support from github on the topic via https://github.com/SAPDocuments/Tutorials.

so, between reading PDF, getting support for tickets on github, and actually working through a tutorial, it has been an overall good SAP-education-on-vacation experience. and last but not least, thank you all for leaving comments on this page.

cheers, greg

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10 Comments

  • Aug 05 at 08:24 AM

    Honestly? No SAP reading but nice novels who put me into another world for some time ;-)

    But kudos for your first choice! Keep on going :-)

    • Aug 05 at 09:18 PM

      Hi Svea,

      SAP manuals are not the only thing that I read, but as I was trying to say because most schools are on vacations, that does not necessarily mean that we should stop learning. These days, I would rather listen to a https://librivox.org mp3 recording than actually read a novel, but that's just my personal preference.

      thx, greg

  • Aug 05 at 05:01 PM

    You must really love you job! Congrats! That is really something to be proud off.

    (And no sarcasm intended, it really is.)

    I do really like my work but I'm not reading anything SAP related! Maybe its just my stage of life vs. yours. Years ago I used to read technical documents and study some things on vacation. I know one summer on vacation I was teaching myself Microsoft Access from a self-guided book shortly after it released. I'm glad I did it looking back. I used it a lot in the ensuing years, more for personal stuff and personal work stuff. I did a lot of data scrubbing in it for SAP projects over the years.

    Now a days, with my career winding down, and probably being in my last job before retirement, I'm not as interested in too much technical material.

    My avocation is search & rescue so most of my reading now is spent reading up on K9 training, SAR work, SAR related books, etc.. Or I'm on Youtube or the internet looking at recorded video of tracking/trailing dogs or Air scent dogs working. Looking at what is being done right or wrong.

    • Aug 05 at 09:25 PM

      Hi Craig,

      i wish i was in your position and be able to just wind down, but that's hopefully a few years away for me. sounds like SAR material brings you more joy and benefits more people, so i'm glad that are still people who are passionate about helping others more directly and like to spend at least a little bit of their time on things like SAP and come to leave a comment on a microblogs like this one.

      keep up your passion!

      thx, greg

      • Aug 06 at 02:07 PM

        Whose winding down? I can't wait to retire! I got so much to do!!! LOL

        But you do mention something below that is important. Regardless of when and how you do it, you have to have a way to stay current and relevant. The IT field changes so rapidly no one can afford to not continue to learn and absorb. Whether that be on vacation or in the office, you need a method or process. Kind of a "head's up display" to see where you are going. That display is constantly changing in front of you and if you aren't aware of upcoming road changes, there is a good chance you'll find yourself on a dead end road or isolated out in a field somewhere.

        Personally, I tried to use what downtime I had to read and study things that were not in my specific field. Things that took me away from to much technical thought. On the train I could often be found reading Popular Mechanic's articles, IT Executive, Wall St. Journal, (Financial analysts often lead in discovering new technologies and driving the investment into future technologies). I find myself now reading a lot on the drone technology that is coming up. I mean even just 5 years ago, who thought we would have made so much progress with drone technology and practical applications?

        Or how far we have come with electronic payment systems, (for better or worse), in the past ten years?

        And today, the IT security field is just blowing up. (that I did see years ago). But who has been ahead of the curve on personal privacy and data encryption issues? Not many.

        So I encourage people to keep their reading base broad, even technical reading.

        • Aug 06 at 09:19 PM

          a nice list of things to keep our eyes on and i couldn't have come up with a better one.

          if anything it keeps us wondering what we have come up with, even if some of it was not all blessing.

  • Aug 05 at 07:33 PM

    I typically avoid taking vacations in the summer. Why waste all that perfectly good air-conditioning in the office? :)

    And like Craig, I am not really motivated at 65 to be reading SAP documentation about new releases that the client has no plans to implement. Instead, I am trying to decide what to keep and what goes when I downsize the living quarters.

    • Aug 05 at 09:30 PM

      Hi Loyd,

      my evil plan is to actually convince my client that this is the next best thing that they should implement if they haven't thought about it already. before i make that recommendation, however, i want to find out more first, so would be able to answer their questions in a somewhat intelligent form. and agreed, at 65 we should be able to start thinking what's life like in the slower lane as it's only natural.

      thx, greg

  • Aug 06 at 09:01 AM

    Maybe, juuuust maybe I'll download some 'Final Documents' from a few OpenSAP Courses and take a glance at them ...

    Other than that, I don't really find much enthousiasm for SAP-Books when on vacation. I will certainly get round to some Philosophy, History and True Crime Books however, either in Paper-form or (much more these days) as AudioBooks and Podcasts ...

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