Monday, December 31, 2007

The Christmas Story

Just finished reading (the German version) of  Barbara  Robinson's great way of  telling the story - that most of us have already  heard so many times  - to my daughter.
I can highly recommend this to any parent.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Molvania (Jetlag Travel Guide)

Why would you bother reading a travel guide about a country that doesn't even exist? Well, I am glad that a friend gave me this one at my last birthday:

Some rather subtle, some not so subtle jokes that must be based on a ton of observations from real travel experiences.

Thanks a lot, Gerold !

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Dreaming of a White Christmas ...

... looks like chances are reasonably good this year - at least for a thin layer of the white stuff ...
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Birthday, Julian!

Unbelievable - Julian just turned 6 years old!
He doesn't even let us light the candles for him anymore.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Back to Boston

It was fun spending a couple of days in Boston after having moved away from the area more than 6 years ago. After all, it seems like the Big Dig has had a positive impact. Unfortunately, I didn't have much time left meeting many of the old friends I would have liked to catch up with while being back in town.
The trip was fun nevertheless - except for being downgraded on the flight from Frankfurt to Boston. Thanks, Lufthansa! grrr :-(
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Sunday, December 02, 2007

CIO-Reinvented Blog - By Prashanth Rai: SAP Teched Bangalore - Keynote (Live Blogged)

Project Galaxy - Business Process Management , Same Notation to describe human and system intergrationYasu Acquistion - Business Rule Management ( Lufthansa , Bombay Stock Exchange use Yasu) - World class ProductGalaxy Demo'd - Eclipse, BPMN based , Linking of specification to services.SAP takes care of all processes, Human, Package & System
CIO-Reinvented Blog - By Prashanth Rai: SAP Teched Bangalore - Keynote (Live Blogged)

It's fun to hear about this even faster on the SAP external channel - than internally ...

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Air Force One: Ein A380 für den US-Präsidenten? - Panorama - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

Air Force One: Ein A380 für den US-Präsidenten? - Panorama - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten: "Allerdings darf man auch das amerikanische Streben nach Größe nicht außer Acht lassen, wie ein Kommentator im Forum der Website anmerkt. Er fragt, wie es wohl um den amerikanischen Stolz bestellt wäre wenn der US-Präsident 'mit seiner kleinen 747, 777 oder gar 787 neben dem riesigen A380' eines europäischen Regierungschefs parken würde?"

Tough choice ...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Leaking an internal project codename ...

Some folks at SAP have strong reservations - should we even call it paranoia? - against us referring about a new product in development by its internal codename when talking to our customers and partners.

A couple of weeks ago during SAP TechEd 07 Las Vegas, this led to a rather funny situation. My pal Thomas and I were meeting with a group of customers and started talking about our new BPM product that we are working on. After a while one of the customers asked: "Do you mean the project 'Galaxy'?"

This past week, my boss just leaked the codename as part of introducing our product during his keynote presentation at the TechEd 07 Munich. Later, during a press & analyst 1:1 he has also provided a little more background info about the codename which made it onto one of the German websites:

heise online - SAP gibt erstmals Software an Eclipse Foundation: "Netweaver CE soll im kommenden Jahr noch ein BPMN-Modellierungstool (Galaxy) einschließlich Ablaufumgebung erhalten. Der Name ist eine kleine Verneigung vor Douglas Adam und dessen 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'."

Life can be so much easier if we can all talk about this new thing and call it by the same name!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Update: SAP buys Businees Rules vendor to boost NetWeaver - Yahoo! News

Update: SAP buys BPM vendor to boost NetWeaver - Yahoo! News: "SAP is buying a small Indian software company to help beef up the business process management capabilities in its NetWeaver applications platform."

It's always a challenge to get all the details right ... we didn't acquire a BPM vendor, but a rules vendor.
However, now the cat is out of the bag, finally.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

What is Tubes?

What is Tubes?

Another interesting new tool to share content online. Just came across this by coincidence. John Landry has founded the company. Will play with it a little - stay tuned.

SAP Delivers New Capabilities for SAP NetWeaver(R) to Power Accelerated Business Innovation

Featuring our stuff during the keynote at SAP TechEd 07 in Las Vegas seems to have an impact:

SAP Delivers New Capabilities for SAP NetWeaver(R) to Power Accelerated Business Innovation: "Additionally, SAP is previewing its business process management (BPM) road map designed to empower business process experts to collaboratively manage composite business processes, spanning SAP and non-SAP applications, on a live, executable model. SAP sees major industry trends driving this effort: -- Individualization of business processes so that users, as process participants, can work in a way that is most effective for them -- Combination of process elements such as business events, business rules, people's roles and task flows into one process experience -- Evolution of standards such as the business process modeling notation (BPMN) mutually accepted by business analysts and process architects alike"

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Where is the pirate's treasure?

Ever seen this? A pirate ship on a corn field ...

Took the family on a bike tour to the Hegehof-Labyrinth 2007. Particularly the kids had good fun looking for the posts with the cues to the treasure within the labyrinth.
On the way towards the Hegehof, we stumbled across a flea market in Ladenburg again. This happened to us before last year. No chance for even walking your bike through this nice little town - way too crowded ...

Saturday, September 01, 2007

(Almost) Back to work ... planning a trip to Las Vegas early October?

Curious about what SAP is cooking for BPM right now? If yes - we would love to welcome you for this:

SAP - SAP TechEd '07 Las Vegas: "Business Process Management (BPM) – an Overview of SAP NetWeaver Capabilities Business applications evolve from applications centered on database transactions to meaningful collections of rich business objects, accessible as enterprise services and integrated through business events. This requires a broader view of business process management (BPM), as well as event-driven architectures to support flexible deployment. Learn about the evolving technologies for business process and event management in the SAP NetWeaver platform."

What a view!

Today we made a stop at Le Mont Saint Michel on our way back from the Bretagne. Coming around one corner, all of a sudden we were looking at this:
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Notre Dame

Pretty much each little town that we visited on our tour through the Bretagne had their own "Notre Dame":

Thursday, August 23, 2007

staying "off the grid"

This is the issue I'm currently wrestling with. Can very well relate to the challenge described in this article. It's just not as easy as people not directly involved may think ...

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Bad-Homburg: "1. Deutsches Luftschiffkegeln Die „5. Bad Homburger Luftschiffparade“ am 11. August auf dem Kronenhof wartet mit einer Neuigkeit auf, dem 1. Deutschen Luftschiffkegeln. Neun Heißluft-Luftschiffe nehmen an dem Wettbewerb und der Parade teil, so viel wie nie zuvor. Sie starten in den Abendstunden, doch schon ab 12 Uhr werden unterhaltsame Veranstaltungen und Informationen rund um die Luftschifffahrt geboten."

Dank Andrea und Uli waren wir dabei. Das war schon wirklich etwas Ausgefallenes ...

YouTube - Apple Iraq

This is truly hilarious:

Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Just returned from a short trip to my home town.

Had great fun taking my family on a little boat tour on the canals through Hamburg.

Above is just one of the great views. The weather was just perfect - whether that's typical for northern Germany or not ...

Friday, August 03, 2007


Unbelievable ... we went on a team outing today and all of a sudden I found myself hanging in the trees like this ...

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


The colors were too tempting for not taking this picture ...
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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Some sunlight

Did I say the weather wasn't exactly what we had hoped for during our recent vacation? At least this created some spectacular views:

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Back from Toscany

Just returned from a couple of great weeks in San Vincenzo.
The weather left some room for improvement, particularly during the first week. We nevertheless enjoyed the great landscape, food, wine & the many nice little towns in this area. Plan sharing some more pictures over the next few days.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Bike Tour to Weinheim

The weather forecast for today was bad. Nevertheless, the weather turned out to be actually perfect for a decent bike tour. Julian impressed us once more with his persistence - if he likes what he is doing. Amazing how far he can go with his little bike - considering his age and size.

The area around us is really beautiful.

We kind of bumped accidentally into a great restaurant and cafe on the market place in Weinheim.

On the way back we enjoyed the ride along the vinyards and across the Rhine valley.

What a great day!

Passivrauchen: Dicke Luft im Biergarten - Nicht Rauchen - Gesund leben - Gesundheit - FOCUS Online

Passivrauchen: Dicke Luft im Biergarten - Nicht Rauchen - Gesund leben - Gesundheit - FOCUS Online: "Wissenschaftler der Stanford-Universität in Kalifornien haben erstmals in einer großen Studie untersucht, wie sich Tabakqualm auf die Luft in Straßencafés, rund um Parkbänke und an anderen Orten im Freien auswirkt, wo sich Raucher gern eine Zigarette anzünden. Sie kamen zu dem Schluss, dass die Schadstoffbelastung in der Nähe eines Rauchers unter freiem Himmel zwar nur kurz anhält, aber kaum weniger intensiv ist als in geschlossenen Räumen."

Die einfachste Lösung: Raucher hört auf zu rauchen! - Zumindest, wenn ich in Eurer Nähe sitzen muss ...

Und falls sich jemand über meine geringe Toleranz gegenüber dem Vollgequalmtwerden beschweren möchte - die Belästigung durch Rauch, der von einem anderen Tisch herüberzieht, ist nun mal asymmetrisch.

In etwa so wie dieser hier:
Don't pee in our pool - and we won't swim in your toilet!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Felsenmeer Lautertal Odenwald - worth a trip!

Given it was Sunday - literally - and we wanted to start a nice bike tour. Turns out the front wheel of my bike was almost flat. To make a long story short, I tried for a while to fix this, but the valve just wouldn't cooperate. Then, Tine came up with a great alternative based on a tip from her friend Christine: Go and take the kids to the Felsenmeer ("see of rocks") at Lautertal (Odenwald).

Pailine and Julian truly had a blast hiking the many rocks.

I've only found information about this Felsenmeer in German so far:

Bürgerstiftung Felsenmeer Lautertal Odenwald: "Jeder spricht von „dem Felsenmeer“ dabei gibt oder gab es im Felsberg bei Lautertal insgesamt achtzehn der mächtigen Blockströme. Einige sind jedoch heute verschwunden – die Steine wurden abgebaut und zu Treppen, Sockeln und Grabsteinen verarbeitet, doch das ist schon eine Weile her: bis zu 800 Steinhauer waren zu Beginn des letzten Jahrhunderts hier tätig.

Der Hauptstrom steht heute unter Denkmalschutz, die restlichen Felsenmeere, wie der gesamte Felsberg unter Naturschutz. Deshalb wird man heutzutage vergeblich nach emsigem Steinhauer-Handwerk suchen: der Felsberg wird ausschließlich von Freizeit-Gästen bevölkert."

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Dr. Carl Benz Museum

Today we visited the family of a friend by bike. He recommended a museum about the first cars that were once built almost in our neighborhood: The Dr. Carl Benz Museum

It's marked on my list of things to steer our bikes towards soon ...

Trip to The Netherlands over Easter weekend

Following a good tradition that once established when we used to live on the East Coast, we decided to visit our friends Cees and Christel over the Easter holidays this year - now that they have relocated back to Europe as we did during the past year. On our way out to the southwest of the Netherlands, we first stopped in Maastricht and feel in love with this city - primarily for its examples of great architecture and the many nice stores and restaurants around.

From Maastricht we headed further west, visited the Deltawerken protecting the Oosterschelde.

Stay tuned for more impressions from the trip ...

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Long Tailpipe - Shai Agassi's Blog

Very nice metaphor to distinguish between processes implemented within ERP from those complementing them:
The Long Tailpipe - Shai Agassi's Blog: "On the other hand, around that set of core processes we see a very large collection of edge processes that can be considered either ERP+ (such as employee performance management), or the other parts of a business suite (like advanced supply chain forecasting and optimization.) Some of these will be delivered as service oriented engines, with loose coupling to the core ERP, others will be composites that will be built and supplied on top of ERP and some other engine, sometimes these are shared engines while other times they are dedicated engines for that composite. In a sense these edge processes are the parts of the brain we educate after we are born."

Further on below, I really like Shai's reasoning about the need for process changeability to be enabled by IT:
"The desire of the CEO to have a faster changing company, regardless whether you are reacting or disrupting an industry, clashes today with the CIOs ability to respond to such change, unless they go to a well separated “ERP Platform”. The rapidly connecting world of complex supply chains requires well agreed and externalized APIs that carry data and process outside the boundaries of a single enterprise or a single industry. As such, an ERP platform becomes an essential part of the corporate strategy, not even the corporate IT strategy. It is essential to the corporate process and innovation strategy."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Spring is coming ...

We took advantage of the great weather on Sunday for a very nice bike tour towards Ladenburg along the Neckar river.

Not-so-little-any-more Julian was already pushing hard on the way out. I was blown away by the sustained speed he was running on the way home - leaving his sister and the other friends in the dust. Note that he was the only one of us riding a bike with a single speed only ...

The cute Knut

This may seem ridiculous - but even though I tried I cannot escape the charm of this little fellow ...

Only in America - Celebrate even the destruction

One can argue whether or not the label "going down with style" would fit - but I can simply not imagine any other place better suited for such a disastrous show than Las Vegas ...

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Titel: Epidemie des Wahnsinns - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

Titel: Epidemie des Wahnsinns - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten: "'Nur nicht provozieren', lautet die Losung, 'die Fanatiker könnten böse werden.'"
Vorauseilender Gerhorsam - eine besondere, deutsche Spezialität?

Friday, March 16, 2007

David Chappell :: Blog

David Chappell :: Blog: "If the popularity of BPEL in BizTalk is any indication, we shouldn't expect widespread use of WF's BPEL support. I very rarely run across organizations that are using BPEL with BizTalk Server today, and I remain skeptical about BPEL ever achieving widespread popularity. Adding the ability to export and import BPEL workflows to WF--and thus to Windows itself--will help WF in situations where support for BPEL is a political necessity. Yet I'll be surprised if it becomes a widely used aspect of WF applications."

Sounds a lot like a marketing checkbox feature to me ...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Shutterfly | Slideshow

This were I spent the last week. Unfortunately, didn't get to explore the area much.


I hear this every day at work ...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

WELT ONLINE|welt_print|Komplettes Leben

Ein gutes Beispiel dafür, was möglich ist, wenn Entscheidungsträger persönliche Erfahrungen im Ausland gemacht haben. Globalisierung muss nicht immer nur schlechte Auswirkungen auf die deutsche Arbeitswelt haben:
WELT ONLINE|welt_print|Komplettes Leben: "Für Ursula von der Leyen jedenfalls kam der Durchbruch in Stanford, Kalifornien. Mit David, ihrem Erstgeborenen im Schlepptau, dem schon bald Sophie, Donata, und die Zwillinge (!) Victoria und Johanna folgten - also fünf Kindern unter sechs Jahren - erlebte sie, was es bedeutet, wenn Kinder nicht als Problem, sondern als unverzichtbar oder jedenfalls selbstverständlich betrachtet werden. 'Ich wurde nicht geduldet, obwohl ich Kinder habe, sondern gefördert, weil ich Kinder habe. Die Grundhaltung dort ist: Wer in seinem Beruf gut ist und Kinder hat, erwirbt zusätzliche Qualitäten.'"

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


THE ILLUSIONIST - OFFICIAL MOVIE SITE: "'Fascinating parable about art, religion and politics, and the misty boundaries between them. If The Illusionist approaches the realm of art, its spell is heightened by a subtly mesmerizing Philip Glass score and cinematographer Dick Pope's flickering, sepia tinted visuals, evoking early motion pictures and 19th century daguerreotypes.'"

Nice piece of entertainment with a surprising end.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Restaurant Pucci in Heidelberg bietet feinste mediterrane und italienische Küche

Die Kinder sind gestern zu den Großeltern gefahren - wir haben abends ein neues Restaurant ausprobiert:

Restaurant Pucci in Heidelberg bietet feinste mediterrane und italienische Küche: "Wir freuen uns, Sie in unserem Restaurant Pucci (50 Innenplätze, 30 Terrassenplätze) begrüßen zu dürfen. Das erste rauchfreie Restaurant in Heidelberg !"

Das Pucci können wir wärmstens empfehlen: Tolle Küche, sehr angenehmen und rauchfreie (!) Atmosphäre, sehr aufmerksamer Service. Da waren wir nicht zum letzten Mal!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Burg Windeck (Weinheim)

Burg Windeck
One of the benefits of moving to a new area is that it opens a lot of opportunities for sight-seeing. Today we explored the two castles near Weinheim. We left the car in Weinheim and hiked up - first to the ruins of Burg Windeck and then continued to the Wachenburg.

Very nice views across the Rhine valley!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Pauline jumps

Today we took our daughter's friends to the Jumpinn to celebrate her recent 9th birthday. Looks like the kids had good fun.

The only hick-up was on the way from our home to the facility: I loaded my car with kids and took of, followed by a couple of other parents that did the same. We were wondering where my wife was and the load of kids that she was supposed to drive over. As it turns out the battery of her car decided that this was a good opportunity to go on strike ...

Some of the kids had some slight injury calling for a short time out - fortunately, nothing serious - and they were all happy when we left. I guess we can really recommend this place. Looks like that wasn't really necessary. Paulien will return to the Jumpinn in a couple of weeks when one of her friends who was with us today celebrates her birthday over there as well.