SAP’s NetWeaver Isn’t Dead Yet

pcworld.com, October 12, 2010 (Online)

SAP voiced strong support and provided an updated road map for its NetWeaver platform on Tuesday, further suggesting that the company has no immediate plans to shore up its middleware portfolio by purchasing a vendor such as Tibco. “Now more than ever, SAP NetWeaver is the strategic platform for SAP,” CTO Vishal Sikka said in a statement tied to an address he gave Tuesday at the TechEd conference in Berlin. NetWeaver 7.3 is to be released later this year and will include “greatly enhanced” support for Java, including Java EE5 certification; improved Web services standards support; beefed-up identity management capabilities; and various productivity improvements, including enterprise “workspaces,” said SAP. Tuesday’s announcement was a strong show of support for NetWeaver, which some observers believe has suffered from a lack of development in comparison to competing stacks from Oracle and IBM. That perception has helped fuel rumors that SAP will at some point purchase a major middleware vendor such as Tibco or Software AG. “The short answer is not likely,” said Altimeter Group analyst Ray Wang. [Also seen in: zdnet.co.uk (UK); silicon.de (Germany); silicon.fr (France)]

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SAP Labs Application-Server Dev. Architect, Palo Alto CA.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

For personal consideration contact:  kevin.daprile@sap.com

SAP’s Platform and Technology team within the office of the CTO (oCTO) is currently developing a next-generation, OD platform using the Cloud infrastructure with the objective of enabling SAP to deliver world-class OD applications. We are seeking highly-motivated, action-oriented leaders and offer the unique opportunity to shape an evolutionary application & platform that is a critical element of SAP’s go-forward strategy in the exciting OD segment.  As an architect of application & platform you will be responsible for working with application development, platform development and solution management team to drive mission objectives through the adaption of strategic technologies (Device and Cloud Computing, Advanced Real-time Databases/Data Warehouses, Predictive Analytics, Business Analytical Applications) and then delivering strategic architectural frameworks, innovative and reusable software

components to be leveraged across SAP onDemand applications, services and Partner EcoSystem.

 

 

This includes interfacing with the research Office of the CTO, Product Strategy and Development,

Performance and Insight Optimization office, and the Extended Eco-system.  The ideal candidate would be a  strategist/technologist with indepth Application Server knowledge to cater business applications and  platform needs.  Should possess strong collaborative & leadership skills, tech savvy  with latest technologies,  experienced in product design and adaptation, and proven record of success in driving visionary programs out of labs. Able to commend  a matrix organization  and  work with virtual teams across globe  towards the design, development and roll-out of generic platform.

 

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelors or advanced degree in computer science or related technical disciplines; Masters  is a plus

o   Agile product development methodologies (SCRUM) is required

o   Working in a fast-paced startup environment is required

o   Working in a matrix environment with solution management, architects and “virtual” team members

  • Required Technical Experience

o   Experience with internals of one or more mainstream application servers such as WebLogic, WebSphere, and Tomcat

o   Previous experience working on a large scale online transactional processing enterprise application

o   Solid hands on understanding of multi-threaded development

o    Understanding of O/R mapping concepts and tools (Hibernate, JDO) and other open source technologies

o    Strong knowledge of commercial RDBMS

o    Strong object-oriented analysis and design skills together with excellent trouble shooting skills

o   Knowledge of XML, XPATH, XSLT, Xquery

o   Knowledge of one or more of these technologies: GWT, Tomcat, Spring, JMS, Struts, J2EEExperience with cloud based platform such as  Amazon is a must

o   Knowledge of REST a MUST.

o   Experience in programming languages such as Java, Ruby

o   Experience in building new programming model, knowledge of DSL would be handy

o   Knowledge of UI technology such as GWT, Flex is desirable

o   Understanding of OLAP, ROLAP will be beneficial

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

 

 

EXPECTATIONS AND TASKS

  • Define and  blueprint/architecture technology for the applications &  platform
  • Delivering a competitive apps with enterprise strategy and vision to build large scale OD applications.  Deliver insightful product platform with a competitive edge adhering to generic requirements in areas such as analytics, integration, collaboration, service life cycle experience, product standards, security, etc.
  • Responsible for commitments on  project scope,  effort estimation and feasibility checks
  • Passionate to understand and define business scenarios and use cases
  • Strong leadership skills to shepherd the team both functionally and technically to achieve the

vision

  • Learn and evaluate internal and external technologies and fit and make recommendations
  • Become an expert on select technologies
  • Support and drive the team in building the above category by bringing in expertise from

technological, market or strategic competence

  • Passionate to do hands on software development, working in tandem with other team

engineers when needed

  • Great attitude to play multiple roles
  • Be innovative and show ability to shape new technology and business models and think out

of the box

  • Support key customer engagements with domain expertise and strategic perspective.
  • Ability to engage with an extended team of Solution management/Marketing, Field Sales etc..

to articulate the technology and product value, will be a plus

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 10+ years building large scale enterprise and distributed applications
  • Proven track record in lead and architect  position for  3+ years
  • Experienced with SAP technologies & tools

WHAT WE OFFER

Contract Type: Regular Full Time
Job Location: Palo Alto, California USA

 

 

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