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Hello, 2019, I hope you are ready...

Things have been pretty quiet in the Coffee Corner these days...probably because many of us are just returning from the holidays (and still recovering from the associated festivities).

So let me put on a pot, pour your first cup of community coffee, and welcome you back with a new conversation to kick off the New Year.

Let's talk resolutions, shall we? Maybe share one professional resolution, one that's more personal.

I'll start.

Last year, my role changed (as explained here), and my appearances 'round here were pretty much limited to the Member of the Month posts. In 2019, for my professional resolution, I'd like to get back to my previous levels of involvement in SAP Community -- writing more, engaging more, connecting know....communitying more.

My personal resolution is somewhat similar: I want to write more, period. Fiction specifically (no, marketing copy doesn't count, ya wise guy). I've taken a stab at screenplays, but I think I may have a novel in here somewhere.

Oh...and I could stand to lose a couple pounds.

Well...OK...more than a couple.

Stupid middle-aged metabolism.

What about you? Any resolutions you'd like to share? If so, post them here! And we can come back in December to see how we did. We can celebrate your successes. As for me? Well...I have a feeling that on December 31, I'll be confessing that my writing consists of a Word file with "chapter 1" typed at the top (and nothing else)...and that I've gone up a waist size.

Then again...being less cynical is another resolution for me this year. :)

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  • Jan 09, 2019 at 04:54 PM

    Professional: I'm currently working on an M.S. in Data Science - will graduate in June or July. I want to do more blogging about Data Science based on some of the interesting tidbits that I'm picking up in my classes

    .Personal: After my degree is finished, I want to find more time to weave (as in making fabric on a loom) especially since I have a new grandbaby due in August and I want to get both a baby blanket and a wrap done for her/him.

    I also need to lose a few pounds - I agree with your comment on middle-aged metabolism! We just joined the local Y, so I'm committed to getting over there to work out at least twice a week.

    • Jan 10, 2019 at 04:10 PM

      Congrats -- on the schooling and grandbaby!

      I look forward to those blogs. :)

      Best of luck with the workouts! I'm committed to getting to the gym more myself. The sad part is that before I joined SAP, I worked for a fitness magazine. Dunno if they'd hire me these days...

  • Jan 09, 2019 at 05:21 PM

    It must be a hot cup of coffee (personally I don't get the whole cold brew or iced coffee frenzy), because your fresh entry might count for 3 of the 4 'hottest' posts in the CC:

  • Jan 09, 2019 at 06:40 PM

    1) professional: A lot of our work is being outsourced now to Mexico. And we have a lot of Spanish speaking employees already locally on site. So I have a professional goal of learning some Spanish. At least enough to say Hola and some other pleasantries. :-)

    2) Personal: on 1/5/2019, a few days ago, my wife and I got a new puppy. As some of you know, I do search and rescue with my current dog. Well.. she turns 11 this month and is slowing down. So together we have a new partner to train. My goal is to have her ready to certify by the end of 2019. Meet Mica. A German Shorthaired pointer. If you care to follow us over the year check me out on Facebook. We'll also be found on our team page for ChesCoSearchDogs on FB and at

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    • Jan 09, 2019 at 07:25 PM

      A lovely dog - and a very admirable goal and cause!

      Great luck with training!

    • Jan 10, 2019 at 12:26 AM

      OMG, puppy cuteness overload! But also impressed that she will be trained for search and rescue! Wonderful cause.

    • Jan 10, 2019 at 06:46 PM

      Why not combine the two and teach Spanish to Mica? :)

      Joking aside, these are great goals and I look forward to learning more about the progress!

      • Jan 11, 2019 at 03:16 PM

        Interesting concept! I might just have to do that!! Allthough German might be more appropriate for a German Shorthair! :-)

        • Jan 11, 2019 at 03:57 PM

          As a native speaker, I guess I would not recommend that: German probably sounds wayyy too harsh for your little puppy:)

          • Jan 11, 2019 at 04:15 PM

            German is probably the second most used language used for training dogs in the US.

            Lots of military and police trainers used german for their dogs. The German Shepherds, Malinois, bloodhounds, labs, etc.. They say that they don't want other people to be able to try and command their dogs and confuse them when working. I think they just want to try and look bad a$$. And due to the harshness of the words it makes it sound like they are commanding the dog and imposing their will on the dog. A throw back to the days of negative reinforcement training.

            People seem to think these dogs actually know these languages.. like the dog cares! I always thought handlers should use something like "Nice Doggy" as their attack word and praise them with the words "Bad Dog". That would mess with peoples minds! Cause like you suggest, the dogs really respond to the sound of the word and the handlers tone. I could correct, or praise my dog with almost any word, even one already tied to a command. It's just how you say it. Words are just all noise to dogs until they associate it with the action. It's the sound, inflection, body behavior, eye contact, facial expressions, etc. that are way more important to the dog.

    • Jan 14, 2019 at 08:40 PM

      Out of curiosity, do you have any specific plan to learn Spanish? I've tried Duolingo app, it's supposed to be great but I didn't really like their way of learning.

      We did an SAP implementation in Mexico few years ago and definitely had many language challenges. I think a bilingual consultant would make a killing on such projects.

      • Jan 14, 2019 at 08:54 PM

        I'm going to start with Spanish 101 at our local University. I had Spanish back in high school and have picked up some over the years but I think it would be good to kind of start over.

        Then go to lunch a lot with some of my Spanish co-workers. :-)


      • Jan 22, 2019 at 11:08 PM

        I have Memrise and have found it to be pretty handy for both Spanish and German.

      • Jan 31, 2019 at 04:09 PM

        I tried both Duolingo and Memrise, and Memrise won hands down. Duolingo is focused on grammar and language technicality whereas Memrise is more conversationally based. I completed Danish and am busy learning Portuguese with it.

        • Jan 31, 2019 at 05:06 PM

          OK, good to know, thanks! It was also my impression of Duolingo and it just doesn't match my learning preferences.

          • Jan 31, 2019 at 05:44 PM

            I just couldn't handle Duolingo's random phrases either. Stuff like: A duck says good morning. A bear wears a hat. Memrise is more real-world phrases, give it a go.

            • Jan 31, 2019 at 06:47 PM

              Ha! Reminds me of the Eddie Izzard bit about learning French, starting with phrases such as "The mouse is under the table," "The cat is on the chair," and "The monkey is on the branch." He said, "The only way I could get that into a conversation was to go to France with a cat, a mouse, a monkey, a table, and a chair, and wander around heavily wooded areas."

      • Feb 12, 2019 at 10:10 AM

        I can recommend

        I found it very easy to learn and remember especially daily conversion.

    • Jan 15, 2019 at 04:20 PM

      let me know if you need help with the Spanish learning. I have written a few HANA blogs here in Spanish and I am a native speaker. where in Mx is the project happening... i have heard of a few companies doing this... just curious

  • Jan 10, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    So I mixed (some of) my personal and professional resolutions in this blog post. To elaborate on the "have more fun" resolution, that means overcoming PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome) and trying to get out and ride more!

    • Jan 10, 2019 at 02:46 PM

      Good luck. I never overcame my PMS issues and now have NMS. :-)

    • Jan 10, 2019 at 06:47 PM

      I'm glad I read that more closely, because I also responded to PMS with TMI. :)

      If you do get out and ride, please share pics!

  • Jan 10, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Thanks for this post, this resonates with my own resolutions because writing is on my list too. I want to take the plunge with blogging in the SAP Community.

    Personnally, I want to continue learning and taking online courses such as openSAP. Maybe tackle a proper certification? We'll see!

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  • Jan 10, 2019 at 07:35 PM

    communitying !?!?!

    is that what we're doing ??

    Professional - no idea. I like what I do, so I'll try to get even better at it, I guess.
    Personal - try to be less cranky. maybe loose few pounds (no promises), need to settle on which whisky I like and stop the search....

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 03:08 PM

      I can't speak for anyone else, but communitying is what I try to do.

      Then again, I'm a master of wordmakingupping.

      Also...why settle for one? When searching for the best whisky, enjoy the search...not the destination. :)

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Personally, I'm planning to travel more and visit different places.. I got my driving licence last week, so it's more easier now :) .. I should also gain a few pounds(muscle) ;p :D and be a regular gym goer..

    Professionally, I would like to learn more this year and be up to date with SAP by engaging more in the community by answering and writing blogs..

    And All the best for your novel Jerry.. I hope to see atleast the chapter 2 :p :D JK

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 03:10 PM

      Congrats on getting your license! Definitely hit the road and see some new places. Maybe you'll pass Audrey Stevenson on her bike. :)

      And, yes, please do engage more! I'd love to see that.

      Thanks for the well wishes about the novel. :)

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 02:39 PM

    OK, this isn't exactly for a New Year resolution, but...

    Last year, I had a lot of challenges - moving house and so on. So I decided in advance that I would do a little *more* (to get some balance in my karma bank, and I know that's not a real thing but anyway...)

    I made more of an effort to smile at people each day - the person at the checkout counter, the co-worker, the produce section guy. Whoever, I tried to smile and ask how they were.

    I made more of an effort to do the little things - pick up a piece of trash, return shopping cart to the corral, let somebody go ahead of me in traffic, always use my blinkers, wipe down the counters at the community kitchen at work, and so on.

    Occasionally, I left extra money at the coffee shop to buy coffee for somebody behind me.

    By the end of the year, I found I didn't have to think before doing these small things. And I really mean it when I ask the cashier how her day is, and it's really easy to smile at people. And somebody at the coffee shop had left a gift card for *me* to get some free coffee.

    BTW, I am also trying to work out more, and be better at my job... but I'm also pretty happy with my experiment with the Karma Bank.


    PS: Hiya Jerry!

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 03:12 PM

      Hiya, Sue! I really enjoyed reading this. I think I'll try that Karma Bank experiment myself. The little things really do add up... :)

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 03:45 PM

      Wow, Sue, I think you've motivated a bunch of us now to try the Karma Bank thing. Thanks for sharing that!

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 05:16 PM

      When bad (or even mediocre) things happen, and someone apologizes to me for whatever happened, I respond to them with "If this is the worst thing that happens to me today, I'm ok, so don't worry about it." It will frequently make their day when I express this attitude because they're used to customers or other people being obnoxious about problems that they might not have any control over. This feeds the Karma Bank and leaves me to focus on things that are really important.


    • Jan 14, 2019 at 08:20 PM

      The other day I found myself rearranging the merchandise at our local grocery store. Someone had a ball at their ice cream section and all the flavors were mixed up. While searching all over for my favorite, I got tired of the mess and just put everything where it belonged. You're welcome, store employees. :)

      As a side note, there must be a special place in hell for people who take "Classic Vanilla" flavor and put it on the "Vanilla Bean" shelf. Come on, it's not the same at all.

      • Jan 15, 2019 at 02:16 PM

        People who can't tell the difference shouldn't be allowed to eat ice cream.

        • Jan 15, 2019 at 03:13 PM

          I feel like there should be a new thread identifying the punishments for people like this.

    • Jan 16, 2019 at 07:33 AM

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks very much, I very much like what you are doing... and putting the Karma thoughts aside because at the end the profit is with you because every little smile comes actually back to you and lighten up YOUR day... :-)

      Same with me, I'll go for it. Yay!

      All the best!

    • Jan 22, 2019 at 06:09 PM

      Right, as if you could get any nicer, Sue! ;) What you described is how I always imagine you to be.

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 07:51 PM

    Professionally: I've never been the UI developer, always focused on back end processing. I want to learn and understand modern Web UI development. Hopefully what I see will keep me away from UI for the rest of my professional career, and I will move back to my invisible back-end coding ;-)

    Personally: stop scrolling SCN on Friday evenings (while waiting for my kids who practice climbing at that time, like now), and instead spending this time climbing walls too.

    Ok, I made public commitments. Please remind me those in one year!!

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 10:35 PM

      Maybe we should remind you in a month?? :-)

      A year might be too late!


    • Jan 12, 2019 at 12:33 AM

      Considering that I'm reading this on a Friday evening, maybe I should also aim for your personal goal. :)

    • Jan 31, 2019 at 05:23 PM

      I guess we need a "remind me" bot on SCN, like on Reddit. :)

  • Jan 14, 2019 at 06:49 AM

    Knowing myself, I'm not really in the habit of making "New Year's resolutions"! Nonetheless, I plan to keep plodding ahead with better coming to grips with ABAP OO (yeah, an ongoing saga for me!) and I'm still on the look-out for silver bullets to make adherence to development guidelines an actual no brainer for all developers (one can dream, right?).

    In my spare time I'll keep countering misinformation about human-caused climate change and - perhaps even more importantly - keep talking about this important topic whenever an opportunity presents itself (more about that here).



  • Jan 14, 2019 at 08:30 PM

    [In Jerry Seinfeld's voice]: "What's the deal with the New Year's resolutions?" :)

    I don't do the resolutions per se but unofficially, my goal for the near future is to assess what activities contribute most to common good while offering satisfaction to myself, then focus on those with top ROI. Most of us have finite resources (and everyone - limited time on this planet), so might as well use them wisely.

    This goes for both personal and professional part of life for me.

    • Jan 15, 2019 at 02:18 PM


      [In Jerry Janda's voice]: "What's the deal with the New Year's resolutions?"

  • Jan 15, 2019 at 04:14 PM


    Professionally: I want to learn more technical stuff... :) more XSA.. and of course Angular development... as a matter of fact.. i had postpone Angular learning so much the sapui5 team has now released a cli tool to help with project development..... so now i need to learn ui5 cli :) want to venture independently at some point too... and of course continue collaborating w the community..

    Personally: get used to the cat my wife just bought... we've had a cat before... so i need to re-adjust to the pet thing...and yes we'll be celebrating 10 yrs of marriage in the summer - hopefully visit europe for the first time .... so much to do / accomplish this year...

    • Jan 16, 2019 at 05:29 PM

      Congrats (in advance) for your 10-year anniversary! And good luck if you do venture out independently. I'm sure there are plenty of people around here who could give you some pointers (if you're looking for that kind of feedback).


  • Jan 18, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    R12019 :- No more extra large double double for me. I'll take a medium dark roast. All black.

    R22019 :- Writing my first blog in SAP Community :-)

    Keep it Simple. Eh.

  • Jan 21, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Mine was way to easy this year:

    No more resolutions as I tend to break them. ;)

  • Jan 22, 2019 at 06:18 PM

    Let's see:

    Professional: The plan is to get the "trainer licence" this or next year so I can be more involved in the official training of students in the IT field in our company. This way I can do what I love: Talk a lot to people about stuff I know and help them to help themselves, whether they want to or not! ^^

    Personal: More gym, more outdoor stuff. I'll go hiking again in Ireland in July (almost two weeks by maps and GPS) and hope I'll do some more before and after near to my location, too.

  • Feb 05, 2019 at 09:06 AM

    My resolution is to comment on Coffee Corner posts in a more timely manner :-D

    On a more serious note, I do have a resolution for 2019 that I guess is both personal and professional, and that is to release a new open source tool.

    To give you some context, last year at TechEd in Barcelona, Björn Goerke issued a challenge to the community: Create more open source projects. That resonated a lot with me, since community based open source projects are scarce in the SAP world, and they really shouldn’t be.

    My previous open source project (a unit test tool for SAP PI called Detroubulator) is old by now. Like, way old. I’d had an idea for a new SAP Cloud Platform Integration tool for a while, but Björn’s challenge motivated me to start actually working on it.

    The tool is still under development, but some four months after TechEd, progress has been quite good. I did a demo of the tool (now called CPILint) at the Walldorf SAP Inside Track in January (I’ve written up the presentation here), and I aim for a 1.0 release in the first half of 2019.

    • Feb 05, 2019 at 01:36 PM

      I love reading stuff like this -- where people feel inspired/motivated by speakers and events. Please keep us posted on progress!


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