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Day 1: July 3rd,2005

The anticipation and excitement to NetWeaver Tech Tour 2005 and SDN meets SAP Labs has lived up to its expectation. At the start of the day on July 3rd, 2005(well, just too bad, I couldn’t make it to July 1st, 2005), I found a few familiar faces and a few faces which I expected by the end of the day would become a little more familiar. There was excitement written all over in everybody’s face. Everyone had an expectation of some sort.

http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/11092 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] started of with a good introduction and made sure that the mood changed from formal to casual. It soon became more and more open. Feedback was received. Complaints trickled in. Accolades poured out. However, there are two good points that we all agreed upon:

  • We all are amazed at the enthusiasm of SDN Community to share information
  • We have seen proactive attempts towards solutions from the SDN Team (Thanks to quick replies and actions from Mark Finnern and co. in SCN Support ), and therefore feedback was much more constructive and I am sure many of us were confident that we would be heard.

It was a privilege and a good opportunity to interact with some of the top SDN contributors. They shared their views, enthusiasm and their passion about SDN. Yes some of them were still not happy with the 20 points give-away. The T-Shirts, well, I now know, why it pays to be a top contributor. The choices get better.

Day 2: July 4th,2005

We can now put faces to contributors(and you will very soon). For e.g. Anand Mandalika had an impression that I was a thirty year old married guy with kids. As I was saying, we were expecting a great day ahead. Came in early, as I was aware of the traffic every morning. I was eager to hear Shai’s keynote, but it was a giveaway, since I had already read his weblog about the human body and the ESA. Yet the speech left me impressed.

The adoption of ESA is slowly happening. There is a big drive and push from SAP and yet…… This is one of the impressions that I got from the keynote. Track II, Development, was where I was focusing my attention. Unfortunately, the events were so quick and so fast even for a brief introduction to the various concepts of Visual Composer and CAF. Perhaps I should have done my homework before attending the events.

I was not really sure what to expect from Powered by NetWeaver events, and when I did, found the events lacking substance.

It was a long wait from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm for the ”Exclusive Evening with Shai” event.

We had our top SDN contributors Durairaj Athavan Raja(flew all the way from Saudi Arabia), Anand Mandalika and http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/31132 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] awarded for significant contribution in the SDN Community from http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/6806 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken]. Wipro received the Top Company Contributor prize.

The two day event was great. I congratulate SDN team (http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/11092 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] and co.) and SAP for making this event possible. I know it is a little disappointing to read this blog without pictures, but I am hoping http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/11092 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken], Raja and Siva would be posting the pictures very soon in Flickr. So if you don’t see any pictures, yet, you know who to bug ;-).

We heard you, Craig.

Update on 07/07/2005 Photos updated at Flickr

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  1. Craig Cmehil
    Thanks for the great weblog! Great hearing how it all went, as for the photos I’ve been checking every day and so far 🙁

    Maybe today though?

    Craig

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          1. Craig Cmehil
            Wait, you guys actually thought I was not real? What like a computer program typing away spelling mistakes and all? Or what did you all mean by “Is Craig for real?”

            Great photos!! Thanks!!!

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            1. Hi Craig,

              My doubts about your actual existence first arose when I discovered the amazing energy with which you contribute to SDN. Trust me, your enthusiasm is very contagious…

              But when somebody told me that you got recently married, I have come to believe that you are not actually you :-)). May be you have done some research on AI and written some program which would do the work for you on SDN ??? And to make it look a bit natural, you have sprinkled some spelling errors ??? I wouldn’t be surprised….:-)

              I’d really like to meet you (and your program:-)) one day…

              Cheers,
              Anand Mandalika.

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              1. Craig Cmehil
                I see…

                Well my wife could verfiy I use NO program 🙂 although it’s not a bad idea, I’ll have to do some research I might be able to get more done then 😉

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          2. Thanks for the pics Siva.
            And Subbu, thanks for letting us know about it.

            By the way, I think this weblog is well-written.

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  2. Kathirvel Balakrishnan
    Hi Craig,

    Hey we were missing you, Thomas, and Other SDN pals here at the TECH Meet. Even we had a chat with Pranav for any possibilities to make you guys attend such meets in India.
    Great job … Keep it going..

    Cheers
    Kathir~

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    1. Craig Cmehil
      I think it would be cool to attend the next events, just a matter of cost you know. If there’s no business reason then why would the company pay right?

      Perhaps the future will show something different, I’ve still not met Thomas face to face yet 🙂

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