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Jam at SAP TechEd ’04

SAP TechEd ’04 is an excellent place to get to know the latest in SAP development  via the mostly SAP provided sessions. This year we are also giving you a venue to meet your fellow developers that are  passionate about the things that  you are engaged in, at the Birds  of a Feather sessions.

imageIt    is similar to music. You have the orchestra in the big house, playing the symphony.    That’s the keynote with Shai Agassi and Peter Zenke as conductors. Then you    have chamber music, which are the educational sessions where SAP gurus play    their latest compositions to your delight.

After the major acts are over there are the Birds of a Feather sessions, where    you bring your own instruments and passion, where you come and introduce a new    tune and others join in and jam, and magic happens. Some of the SAP gurus may    join in because it’s so interesting.

It’s also a switch from being a consumer to being a participant, from observing    to being fully engaged. Something that needs to be experienced to be appreciated.

Participation starts by offering a session that you would like to take    part in or adding your name to a session that you would like to jam with on    the Wiki: San    Diego, Munich.    Half the spots are filled already, so don’t postpone. Then tell your friends    to join your session, we’ll promote it too. Come to TechEd and SAP provides you    with space, chairs, projector and an hour for your session.    In the second hour you can join another session too.

Come out and jam in San    Diego and or in Munich.

I realize that some people haven’t used a Wiki    before. It’s a Web page that everyone can change. More at the Wikipedia    Wiki definition. Honestly, all you need to know is this: Every page is editable.    Just click on the Edit icon image.    Add your name or session, save the page, and you’re done. Don’t be afraid to    accidentally erase things, every page keeps all it’s old versions and you can    go back to them using the image    icon, click Edit,save the old version, and done.

You don’t need more to take part in the BoF sessions. But once you’re    there, you may want to check out and populate more pages of the SAP TechEd ’04 Wiki.    If you want to create extra pages or links, here are some more tips: The only syntax    you need to know is linking, and wiki links are even easier than HTML links.    You just surround whatever text you want to link, plus the URL of the link destination,    with square brackets. And if you write any word in what’s called CamelCase (a    word with embedded caps), that auto-generates a link to a page called,    and creates a new blank page at that URL, ready for editing. If you are still    interested, here is the rest of the Wiki    Syntax.

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      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
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      Hi Weblog authors,

      You now get an email as soon as someone has written a comment to your post. Hurray.

      Therefore I will get one for this comment. Cool.

      I just wanted to use this opportunity to remind you, that even if you don't offer a BoF session at one of the SAP TechEds, you should still add your name on the Wiki to these sessions that you are interested in participating, so that we know the interest level.

      And yes of course we will go to the next watering hole after the sessions are over.

      Best, Mark.