SAP IT’s Events and Services team was the behind-the-scenes star of this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW and TechEd events in Madrid, ensuring that presenters and attendees were equipped, connected, and secure.
As an IT technology manager, Andreas Koch orchestrated the efforts of the large tech staff, which began its work many weeks before the event. Bill Kozel recently spoke with Andreas about the experience.
Bill: Andreas, SAPPHIRE NOW and TechEd were big and distinctly different events. Why don’t you begin by dazzling us with some numbers?
Andreas: Well, for starters we deployed 808 mini-switches, laid 3,118 patch cables, and installed 77 printers. Plus, we deployed a total of 1,190 SAP notebooks in the venue for the hands-on sessions, the demos, and other tasks.
There were about 55 technicians on our team, including about 30 from Europe and the rest from the U.S., China, and other locations. It’s a real international team. There were also about 35 hands from local vendors to deploy and collect the hardware, and to set up and tear down.
Bill: Very impressive. How about the Wi-Fi network?
Andreas: Actually, there were 65 Wi-Fi arrays configured on 2.4 and 5 GHz, because regular access points couldn’t support the capacity we needed.
In all, we had 15,360 unique devices on Wi-Fi. And the maximum concurrent number of devices on the Wi-Fi was 9,063. In total, there were 620 gigabytes of data transferred over the Wi-Fi during the three days of SAPPHIRE NOW and TechEd.
Bill: How did the Madrid event differ from the U.S. events?
Andreas: For Madrid, one of the biggest challenges was the high degree of flexibility required. For example, some of the key offices were moved to a different location on the day before the show. So, several of my team members had to stay very late to transfer the technology infrastructure.
Another difference between the U.S. and Europe is all the different languages, which occasionally led to translation issues. Also, in Spain the laws require that you provide SMS authentication for every Wi-Fi user. So when users connected to Wi-Fi, they had to input their cell phone numbers, receive a short text with a code, and insert that code to authenticate their device. That scenario had to be repeated by thousands of users.
Bill: Did you get any feedback from the attendees?
Andreas: We got some very good feedback, yes. And for that I’d like to say “muchas dankes” to my fantastic IT team.
Bill: How’s that?
Andreas: M-U-C-H-A-S D-A-N-K-A-S. It’s a combination of Spanish and German. I created it last year and I’m still using it.
Today is the last day – Don’t forget to visit the SAP Runs SAP area to see innovation in action – and get a glimpse of the future. Jim Hagemann Snabe also took a look at the latest innovation on offer.
Each member of the team is an expert in their own specialized area. Many share their knowledge via blogs (click the links below to see for yourself what I am talking about). If you are attending SAPPHIRE NOW or SAP TechED Madrid take the time to visit table DT514 (next to the SAP HANA stand) and meet the entire team in person.
You will be amazed at how much innovation can be shown at one table.
Martin Heisig, VP Enterprise Architecture, SAP AG
Jim Swartz, CIO, Sybase
On Monday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m., this discussion theater focused on how Sybase and SAP migrated key applications to the Sybase ASE relational database management system.
On Wednesday, May 16 at noon, Gerhard Oswald, member of the SAP Executive Board, visited the SAP Runs SAP area of SAPPHIRE NOW. In an informal presentation, he reviewed progress on SAP’s usage of key analytic and planning applications.
David Poisson, BI Manager within SAP Global IT, demonstrated how SAP Visual Intelligence enables SAP business analysts to autonomously perform all the transformations needed on raw data, and to display actionable information in aesthetically pleasing visualizations – without any technical skill or IT support. The demo coincided with Vishal Sikka’s announcement of the rollout of this new tool in his morning SAPPHIRE NOW keynote address.
In addition, Holger Faber, IT Controlling Manager at SAP Global IT, demonstrated how SAP uses SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) on the SAP HANA platform to enable high performance, scalable planning solutions. Holger presented the user interface for the acquisition of the planning data, along with possible visualizations of the overall planning figures. At the end of the demo, Holger briefly presented the first previews of a BPC iPad app.
Author: Bill Kozel
Instead of sharing a written post today I am sharing the replay of Oliver Bussmann’s SAPPHIRE NOW SAP Runs SAP interview instead. It gives a concise overview of the evolution of SAP Runs SAP and more.
Click here to view the clip