BOS wins the Fiori challenge!


Blue Ocean Systems is proud to announce that one of our very own, intern Jacob Tan, was recently announced as one of three winners from over 1500 submissions to the SAP Fiori Design and Build Challenge as part of the openSAP course, Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud. Check out this gallery where 170 participants are now showcasing their app prototypes.

We caught up with Jacob to learn more about the challenge and what comes next for him!


What is OpenSAP and what was involved in the latest challenge?

OpenSAP provides a MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Platform that offers numerous learning opportunities for developing Fiori apps. I participated in the OpenSAP: Build your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud course, which introduces participants to the tools, methodologies, and best practices for designing, creating, and enhancing their very own SAP Fiori app.

Included in the course was a ‘design and build’ challenge where participants can submit their work for a chance to win a MacBook Air.


What is SAP Fiori?

SAP is well known for its comprehensive and complex ERP systems. The idea of Fiori is to streamline ERP systems into simple and delightful components that Fiori offers to its users (1-1-3 experience: 1 user, 1 scenario, 3 screens). Fiori is fast becoming the entry point for all SAP products.

The core of SAP Fiori is its User Experience (UX) that delivers the design philosophy of SAP Fiori, based on five core principles; role-based, responsive, simple, coherent, and delightful. Fiori has the ability to streamline and narrow down to the specific needs of end-users, which is the vital edge of a UX.


What was the outcome of the course?

BOS SG embraced the Design Thinking Methodology and Development Team BOS took part in the challenge by submitting 3 different apps. All of us made it into the top 10 percent of all submissions received and my application emerged as the winner of the SAP Fiori UX Design and Build Challenge 2015! I’m very excited about receiving my prize – a MacBook Air soon!

The course was held from Mar 25 – May 28, 2015 and over 21, 290 participants are currently enrolled into SAP’s MOOCs. The BOS submissions have all been selected for further evaluation.


Tell us more about Design Thinking

In business, we are faced with daily problems as well as a variety of solutions to overcome them. The question is, however, which specific solution best fits the specific problems?

This is where Design Thinking comes in to define the scope of the problem and cuts to the chase of targeting the vital issue with a User-Centric-Streamlined solution.

To achieve that solution, we first need to understand the user’s needs; that means thinking and feeling like the user, being in the user’s real environment, observing their situation and witnessing the problems they counter. By doing this, we can take away three things; their values, opinions and issues (pain and fail points).

As Tim Brown, CEO of design and innovation firm IDEO, explains in a Forbes interview, “Design thinking is all about upgrading within constraints.”

Customer-centric design is about looking from the inside out and that is the exact design principle that SAP Fiori has adopted.


What did you enjoy most about this course?

The Team Blue Ocean Systems Singapore spirit! We signed up as a team and submitted different apps and together with my project manager and other developers, we sat and walked through the journey of Design Thinking for our own individual apps. This collaborative process helped us to build on each other’s ideas and make things happen.

The OpenSAP MOOC provides comprehensive and structured learning materials, including videos, documents and weekly assignments, leading up to the challenge. The instructors taught us all really well and provided feedback in discussion boards.


What did you learn from this journey?

  • That I could build an application within minutes
  • User Experience is the main focus point
  • It is always easy to assume how the users of an application will respond (but it’s not always what happens!)
  • To really deliver a delightful user experience you have to walk their journey and understand how they feel
  • Aligning our mind and heart with the user’s is vital to this understanding


What app did you develop? What do you plan to do with it?

It’s called EMR-DRounds: Electronic Medical Record – Doctor Rounds. It’s basically an app for healthcare stakeholders (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, surgeons, and even patients themselves) to review medical information during the regular doctor’s check up on a hospital round.

The app enables post-round actions such as creating an alert, notes, completing an assessment, highlighting patient details and posting a new check-up date etc.

You never know what the future holds and I plan to continue working on some of the app functionalities. Given that the healthcare industry is booming and has been a hot topic during SAPPHIRE 2015, mentioned by Hasso Plattner during his Keynote, this is an exciting area to be working in right now.


Any final words?

The technology offered in the HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) & WebIDE has automated setups (I.E. Templates, Reference Apps, etc.) so the idea that I, or in fact, anyone out there (even non-developers) can see their idea becoming a reality is just fantastic and I look forward to seeing more great innovations from the SAP community.


If you’d like to learn more about how Blue Ocean Systems can help your business with design thinking, contact us today!


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