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RFID Events at SAP TechED Las Vegas

I’m currently here at SAP’s technical education conference in Las Vegas and I thought it would be useful for the community if I provided an informal overview of the various events related to RFID that are going on here this week. There are 2 lecture series and one hands-on workshop on the topic of RFID. I attended one of the presentations and the workshop yesterday and intend to see the other presentation at the end of the day today. Additionally, I’ll be hosting an informal discussion (see below for details).

Session 1: EPI103 – From Promise to Practice: Business Process Transformation Enabled by RFID

  • Tue, 2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m., 2503–2504
  • Wed, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., 2001A/B–2002
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This session was really well attended (my estimate puts it at about 80 people) and rightfully so. Priyanka gave a really great overview of RFID and the business benefits that customers of SAP’s AII solution can expect to gain. It wasn’t too high level, which generally makes any presentation sound more like marketing than anything else, but it was enough to provide an overview and still delve into several of the specific technical details, such as deployment architecture, and web services groupings that can be expected in the next solution (which, incidentally, should be available Q2 2007). The specific business processes natively supported were also covered, and screenshots of the various reports indicating KPIs based on RFID data were shown.

Workshop: EPI151 – SAP Solutions for RFID at Work

  • Tue, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 4205
  • Wed, 4:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m., 4205
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This workshop really allowed people to get their hands dirty with the SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure. Users were provided with a workstation where they could connect to the various systems used in a simple outbound scenario. This group was also well attended (my count puts it at 40 or so), so if you can make it today register now or get there early! A few network issues aside (this was the first workshop of the week), the attendees walked through the basics of creating a delivery order on a backend system, picking the goods and sending the information from R/3 to AII, creating EPCs for both the pallet and the cases, packing the cases, and loading the pallet with the cases (creating a hierarchical relationship). It was great to see people really get to play with the systems and see what SAP is offering.

Session 2: EPI107 – Secure and Visualize the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain with RFID and SAP NetWeaver

  • Wed, 5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m., 4104–4105
  • Thu, 5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m., 2502
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This presentation isn’t by SAP and I haven’t seen it yet. I know what our offering is, but I’m very curious to hear what others think about it. Securtiy in the supply chain is valuable in any industry, but pharma is probably the most interesting to me, both because of the technical challenges and the real world impact that it can have (saving lives). I hope to see you there.

Informal Discussion: RFID for BPXers
Today (Sept 13) at 1:00-1:30 – BPX Community Lounge in the SDN clubhouse
Another place I would hope to see you is the informal discussion I’m hosting in the SDN Clubhouse at the BPX Community Lounge. For those of you who don’t already know, SAP has announced the launche a BPX community, where business process experts can come together share their challenges/solutions. See this for a complete description of the launch and the community. The basic idea of this discussion is to illustrate to business process people how RFID can make their business processes more efficient, and to discuss the kinds of RFID content that they may want to see on the BPX site in the future. I hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it and would still like to chat. I’ll be spending a fair amount of time talking about standards and interoperability at Solution Pod 5 (also in the clubhouse). I look forward to meeting anyone interested in RFID and/or Standards. See you soon…

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    • Hi Michal,

      Unfortunately I don’t have plans to visit the other TechEds.  The energy here has been great and would really like to attend the other events, but the main reason I was able to justify this trip was it’s relative proximity to SAP Labs Palo Alto (where I am based).  I will be in Germany on Friday, however, as I’m headed to SAP’s main offices for meetings before continuing on to EPCglobal’s Joint Action Group meeting in Duesseldorf next week.  If you’re around, or that’s not too inconvenient, it would be great to meet up with you. 


      • hi,

        no, I will only be in Amsterday at teched:(

        I will wait for your weblog about RFID
        mettings/standards 🙂
        of maybe some weblogs about EPCglobal meetgins too:)