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Viva Las Vegas!

Inside SAP we are working hard to get ready for TechEd and to make it a great event. This year, as you know, it will be held in Las Vegas, together with the ASUG Fall Technology Conference. It should be a especially fun this year, with great educational sessions during the day, and Las Vegas fun to let off steam at night (I predict some bleary eyes at the early morning sessions ;-). As track owner for the End-to-End Process Integration Track, I wanted to blog on the great things we have in store this year.

The Process Integration track features 33 separate sessions presented by SAP employees, independent consultants, customers, partners, and ASUG members to bring you up to date with the latest and greatest in the realm of automating and accelerating processes; you will learn how to do IT at the speed of business!

The TechEd track for the IT Practice “End-toEnd Process Integration” covers the four main IT Scenarios that make up the practice: Business Process Management, Enabling Application-to-Appliction Processes, Enabling Business-to-Business Processes, and Enabling Platform Interoperability (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. Or for a more humorous – though no less enlightening – look at the topic, try Mike Eacrett’s recent blog).

There will be sessions presented by SAP NetWeaver Product Mangement and RIG specialists, so you know you’ll be getting the latest and greatest information straight from the source. But with the addition of the ASUG Technology conference to the event, which started with last year’s TechEd, there will also be valuable customer presentations that give you great insight into what your peers are doing with SAP NetWeaver, and how they are doing it.

Highlights of this track include new sessions on the role of the Business Process Expert, or BPX (for more information about this new domain of expertise, see the Business Process Expert Community at SDN); a hands-on session using EDI and AS2 presented by Sam Raju; a session on using the quicksizer for XI; a workshop in developing transformations using the SAP Conversion Agent by Itemfield (see my weblog page on SDN for some blogs about the Conversion Agent); Interoperability sessions presented by speakers from Walldorf; and ASUG customer presentations by Hubbell, Dominion, Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft, and more. Plus, almost half of the sessions in this track are hands-on workshops!.

The following is a complete list of the sessions that will be offered in the track, each with a link to the session details. Look over these to find the sessions that interest you most, and we’ll see you in Vegas!

Session ID Title
Business Process Management
EPI100  Business Process Management on the Road to Enterprise SOA–the Business Process Expert at Work 
EPI150  Business Level Modeling with ARIS for SAP NetWeaver  
EPI200  ASUG Workflow/Webflow SIG Community: Tips, Tricks and Information Sharing Session 
EPI202  Business Process Management: Performance Tuning and Leveraging SAP Solution Manager 
EPI207  Managing Changes Across a Complex SAP Environment 
EPI210  Segregation of Duties: Curing Thousands of Control Violations 
EPI212  Using the SAP Workflow Engine and BSP To Drive Enterprise Compliance 
EPI214  Automation and Decision Support for the Archive Process 
EPI252  ccBPM in the Process Integration Capabilities of SAP NetWeaver   Process Integration Track Sessions: EPI252, EPI250, EPI208 at Teched Las Vegas.
EPI352  Reporting on Process Key Performance Indicators  
Enabling Application-to-Application Processes
EPI102  End-to-End Process Integration with SAP NetWeaver  
EPI103  From Promise to Practice: Business Process Transformation Enabled by RFID  
EPI107  Secure and Visualize the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain with RFID and SAP NetWeaver 
EPI109  ASUG ITEB and Web Technology SIG Communities: Tips, Tricks and Information Sharing Session 
EPI151  SAP Solutions for RFID at Work  
EPI204  Design Patterns for SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure   TechEd 2006: EPI204 – Design Patterns for SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure
EPI205  Exposing BAPI as Web Services through SAP Exchange Infrastructure 
EPI208  Process Integration–Operational Aspects   Process Integration Track Sessions: EPI252, EPI250, EPI208 at Teched Las Vegas.
EPI209  Quick Sizing SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure 3.0 
EPI211  Transition to SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure from a Technical, Functional, and Project Perspective 
EPI250  Building Transformations Using the SAP Conversion Agent by Itemfield   Process Integration Track Sessions: EPI252, EPI250, EPI208 at Teched Las Vegas.
EPI302  SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure Implementation–Avoiding the Pitfalls  
EPI351  Graphical Mapping Tool–Advanced Message Mapping   TechEd 2006: EPI351 – Graphical Mapping Tool–Advanced Message Mapping
Enabling Business-to-Business Processes
EPI101  Business to Business Integration with SAP NetWeaver  
EPI203  Business to Business Integration Using EDI- and AS2- Adapter  
EPI215  The Hubbell Story: Tips for Physical Architects in SAP Process 
EPI251  Business to Business Integration Using Predefined Integration Content in SAP NetWeaver  
EPI300  Configuring Secure Business-to-Business Integration  
EPI350  Developing and Testing Adapter Modules in SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure   TechEd 2006: EPI350 – Developing and Testing Adapter Modules in SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure
Enabling Platform Interoperability
EPI104  Interoperability SAP NetWeaver–IBM WebSphere, Lotus, and Tivoli  
EPI105  Interoperability SAP NetWeaver–Microsoft  
EPI108  Unicode Everywhere Now: How Can You Deal with Different “Encodings” in Your IT Ecosystem? 
EPI301  Developing Cross-System Workflow Applications with Wf-XML 

Different session owners will be blogging on their sessions, to give you a better idea of what they will be covering. As those blogs become available, I’ll update this blog with links to those blogs, so check back frequently!

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