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I used to post an entry everytime I flew across the ocean (which was pretty often for me unfortunately), but his one is definitely a first (for me at least). This posting is done into SDN directly from a seat in Lufthansa 454 flight en-route to Frankfurt. If this blog entry is the first SDN post from the air, I am definitely asking for an extra-credit SDN points and cool shirt for it.   The experience of browsing SDN using FlyNet, the new Lufthansa service is similar to the one you get when you talk through an interpreter (although I am sure not all of you relate, you have seen it in movies), you can think fst, act quickly and have to wait for the thought to complete it’s action…although when it’s done the response is quite quick. In any case, I find myself multi-tasking at a higher level than before: Eating an airline meal, while watching a B-movie, and posting a blog – welcome to the new world order, where you can’t escape Outlook even above the clouds. On the other hand, I now have a new story for my keynotes on the innovative processes in the flights business, given the story about self-service kiosk over extended its life.   The only of value I will post in this blog is the thought of how many innovations, all based on open standards were required to get me to check my personal myYahoo page in mid-air. All of these innovations happened without single coordination, with the exception of the platform (in this case – TCP/IP and the related standards), but the result is nothing short of amazing when you put all the pieces together. The experience you get is still as simple as it is on the ground (with the exception that I had to move to another chair for some odd reason to pick up the signal for the first time). I hope that the same thing happens with our platform, and that in some years we will see all the pieces falling together into some solutions that will amaze us with an end result that will make all of us proud that we have had a small part in making it happen.  In the mean time, here is one for Lufthansa, a great customer and an innovator in the sky!  -shai
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  1. Craig Cmehil
    Hey SDN he does deserve some extra points here, I mean you gave a prize away at SDN Meets Labs to the visitor who traveled the farthest well this has got to count as well 🙂

    As for a t-shirt I mean there’s the “Mile High Club” so what now the “Blog High Club” ?

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    1. Marilyn Pratt
      Extra points are usually provided for unique and interesting content, as well as content that meets the approval of the community.  That said, I hereby grant those extra points to Shai.  No matter that the blog is short.  It generates interest, provokes response,encourages participation and demonstrates a unique passion to blog. 
      Community is always the wisest judge in this environment.  What do you say folks? 150 for this effort? Too low? Too high? If I were to judge based on altitude that would give this blogger an unfair advantage 😉

      cheers,
      Marilyn
      SDN Community Manager

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      1. Michal Krawczyk
        Hi Marilyn:)

        because it’s a “30,000 feet view” you can either give the first thirty (30),000 or the whole number…:)))

        Regards:)
        michal

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          1. Marilyn Pratt
            Thank you SDNers for your words of wisdom and guidance.
            And to all those interested: no, there is no managerial pressure to make anyone look good here, each participant must do that on his/her own merits (in fact I happened to notice that the first few sets of allocations of points to Shai were almost unfairly modest, because this is really an even playing ground.  So keep playing folks.  The spirit of competition here keeps everyone in the game.

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          2. Marilyn Pratt
            Thank you SDNers for your words of wisdom and guidance.
            And to all those interested: no, there is no managerial pressure to make anyone look good here, each participant must do that on his/her own merits (in fact I happened to notice that the first few sets of allocations of points to Shai were almost unfairly modest, because this is really an even playing ground.  So keep playing folks.  The spirit of competition here keeps everyone in the game.

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            1. Brad Williams
              Hi Marilyn,

              I noticed that you posted this message twice, yet I see it only once on the blog.

              Are you exploiting some hidden “edit” feature of the comments?

              Or do you have some higher access that allows you to delete comments?

              Brad

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              1. Marilyn Pratt
                Hi Brad,
                I do have editor rights, and I can edit the comments I have written, but actually what I did was to go into my superflous comments and remove its contents.  This seemed to remove it from the blog, but for some reason did not adjust the counter.
                I’ll make others aware of this.  Thanks

                Marilyn

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      2. Brad Williams
        I think 30 thousand.  But only because I’m going to have a chat to my friend Richard Branson at Virgin Galactic. What would I get for the first SDN blog from space?

        Actually, given his position, couldn’t Shai just say “Marilyn, you WILL give me 100 thousand points for that blog?” 🙂

        BTW – Virgin Galactic exists, check out http://www.virgingalactic.com

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        1. Craig Cmehil
          OK now we don’t need to go overboard here. Oh and if Shai told Marilyn to do that I think he might have quite a few angry SDNers on his hands at TechEd 😉 besides I don’t know him personally but I get the feeling he fully supports the spirit of competition and community here and I’m sure he would never try anything like that 🙂
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  2. Brad Williams
    Does this mean that with ESS we will have to move seats to use SAP?

    That’ll be fun to explain to the users.  It’s ok sir, please just move 3 meters to the right, then your report will run with no problems… 🙂

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    1. I think you took my comments a bit too literally… What I meant was that BPP will only work above a mile high mark 😉
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  3. Matthias Zeller
    That’s funny. I was in the same plane a couple of hours earlier the same day but on route from Frankfurt to San Francisco and used the Flynet Service (see also http://www.connexionbyboeing.com/). I was considering writing a Blog entry as well but had to much email to do 🙁
    I was pretty impressed by the service. I could even remotely log into my SAP desktop using Citrix. Next time I try to deploy Web AS remotely while flying 😉 Afterall the flight from SFO to FRA is 11 hours.
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    1. Craig Cmehil
      So now the big question do those of us who don’t get to fly the fancy “Business Class” have a chance with this or not?

      Or is it just you lucky ones?

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      1. Unfortunately for all it is wireless…so there is no excuse to neither upgrade nor claim you couldn’t get the email during the flight…
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        1. Craig Cmehil
          THis is nice to hear now to find a reason to fly over the pond again, I mean I can’t let you be the only one to blog from 30,000 feet!
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