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Developer Info Days offers unique opportunity for insight

If you are a regular at SDN, then I’m sure you already know that SAPPHIRE Americas and the ASUG Annual Conference and Vendor Fair are being co-located this year, and will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. You probably also already know that the ASUG Annual conference will be held from May 14 to May 17, and that this is a great event for education and networking with your SAP NetWeaver colleagues. But what you may not know is that SAP NetWeaver Product Management will be hosting, immediately following the ASUG conference and for a minimal charge ($250 USD per person), an event called Developer Info Days 2006, that lets you get the latest and greatest information on some crucial NetWeaver topics from the people who know best: the developers themselves.

Developers from Walldorf and elsewhere around the globe will be flying to Orlando to present a special one-and-a-half day program of lectures, interactive Q&A, and even hands-on sessions. This means that you can talk to the poeple who are developing the functionality that you work with every day. They will be able to offer insights and information you simply cannot get anywhere else. If you will be attending the ASUG Annual conference, or if you need just a reason to get down to Orlando next month, then DID should definitely be on your radar screen.

If you attended DID last year, then you already know how valuable it is. As one attendee said of last year’s event: “It was fantastic! I’m energized to get back home and try out the new skills I learned.” This year’s event offers you a similar opportunity to get energized and excited about the skills and information that only this event can provide.

The event will be held in the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center on May 17 and 18; it starts after the ASUG conference wraps up on Wednesday, and then continues from 8 am to 5 pm on Thursday. You do not need to register for and attend the ASUG Annual conference to attend DID. You should also be aware that, as the event features a highly technical level of content, it is really aimed at experienced SAP NetWeaver workers and is not suitable for beginners. But for those with the prerequisite knowledge, this is an opportunity to take their NetWeaver skills from “good” to “great.”

The event is organized along seven separate tracks, each track corresponding to a particular IT Practice (if you are not familiar with the concept of IT Practices and IT Scenarios, I recommend that you read the excellent series of blogs on these topics by Matt Kangas; the entire series can be found on his SDN blog page.) The tracks for ID this year are:

  1. User Productivity Enablement (Knowledge Management and Collaboration Centric)
  2. Business Information Management
  3. Data Unification
  4. End to End Process Integration
  5. Custom Development
  6. Enterprise Service Architecture
  7. User Productivity Enablement (SAP NetWeaver Portal Centric)

Of course the track that is most interesting to me (and thus presumably most interesting to my readers) is Track 4: End to End Process Integration. Here are the sessions that will be presented within this track:

  • SAP NetWeaver XI Overview: New Development for SAP NetWeaver 2004s in 2005/2006, Outlook to future release and Q&A
  • Adapter Framework and Adapters – part 1: The Development Topics for SAP NetWeaver 2004s in 2005/2006
  • Adapter Framework and Adapters – part 2: Adapter-specific new functionality, Adapters and Adapter Framework under the hood
  • Hands-on session: Building Conversions using the SAP Conversion Agent by Itemfield
  • ccBPM – part 1: Modeling & Configuration
  • ccBPM – part 2: Runtime & Operations

I think you’ll agree that there are some very interesting sessions planned. Attendees will be getting both expansive breadth and impressive depth. I won’t list the complete agenda for all of the tracks, but here are a few titles of other sessions that will be presented:

  • Mobilizing Business Processes and Business Task Management: Guided Procedures with Interactive Forms and Visual Composer as a framework for Composites
  • Enabling User Collaboration: Embedded Collaboration
  • Business Planning and Dashboards
  • Data Modeling Tips & Tricks
  • Web Dynpro (Java) (parts 1 & 2)
  • Federated Portal Network

This is just a represenative sample, of course. If you would like to see the complete agenda, you can view it here. For more information, or to register for Developer Info Days, please visit the ASUG Annual Conference 2006 web site. Registrants will be asked to register for a particular track, and can only attend sessions in other tracks as space permits.

If you can make it to Orlando next month, I strongly urge you to sign up for Developer Info Days 2006. I think you will find the time you spend there to be time well spent.

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