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Author's profile photo Mark Finnern

SAP TechEd Boston Now From the Far

SAP TechEd in Boston is in full swing, and of what I have seen yesterday, it is working out very nicely with the SDN Clubhouse and all. I am really sorry that I can’t be there at this time.

I am struggling a bit with how much to share here, but I thought you should know why I am not in Boston anymore from one moment to the next.  My wife Marie is pregnant and one of the most important things, especially in the early phase of pregnancy, is to feel safe.  My being away last week in Vienna was already taxing, but we had a great short weekend together and were quite confident, that this last stretch would go fine too.

Unfortunately on Monday Marie came back to the house after a brief walk and there was a half eaten coconut placed on the gate, there were fresh footprints around the house, and when she came to the backyard there was a dead rat laying under the garden table. That all could be unrelated, but it was very odd and concerning nonetheless. To feel safe is the most important thing during pregnancy, and this is why I decided to fly back. I am happy I did, it is quite a relief to see her thankful eyes and to be able to give her the security and a good night sleep that is so important.

Of course I am also a bit bummed not to be in Boston anymore. I had already some great but brief conversations with Top SDN Contributors that I have not seen before like Roman Rytov, Banuh Gupta as well as some with SDNers that feel now like old pals (like Thomas Jung for example).

Oh, would someone please take a picture of Thomas Jung together with Craig Cmehil? I was busy when  they saw each other for the first time and am so happy that we finally brought them together. If you don’t have a camera, pull them both in front of the picture kiosk in the SDN Clubhouse and create one there.

Please check out all the BOF Sessions that we are doing together with ASUG this late afternoon, it actually just started already. I am happy that we created  an event where both of these communities work hand in hand. Let me know how it worked out.

It is a great feeling that even while away  I can see the events are working without any mayor hiccups. Please thank the people that are wearing the SDN Crew shirts. They all stepped up and picked up the loose ends that I left.

It wasn’t an easy decision,  and I know I made the right choice yesterday. I miss you all, but there is always next year.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      We are sending our best wishes your way and Thomas and I will find a moment to get a picture at least I think we will 🙂

      Author's profile photo Eddy De Clercq
      Eddy De Clercq
      Family is the most precious thing one can have and is more important than anything else. It is the best thing you could do.
      All the best.


      Author's profile photo Thomas Jung
      Thomas Jung
      We certainly miss you here in Boston, but Craig is doing a very good job of keepings things running in the SDN clubhouse in your absence.  It is good to hear that things are now OK back home. 
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member you and your wife! Hope everything will go smoothly and you will soon be a proud dad of a healthy new member of the SDN community.