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Think back to what life was like before SDN. As developers/technology workers, how many contacts did you have that also worked with SAP. You might have know a few workers for other regional companies using SAP. If you were really active in one of the national level user groups, you might also have picked up a few good contacts there.    But for the most part, we worked in a vacuum.  If you couldn’t find an answer to a question within your company, your small circle of contacts or OSS; you were pretty much out of luck.  Of course that all changed once SDN came along.  The interconnectivity that we all take for granted thanks to SDN is its single greatest gift to the SAP Community.  But why be limited to just the virtual connectivity that we get via the SDN Website.  SDN can be so much more than just a website, or a forum or a blog; and SDN Days at TechEd is the opportunity to get out and experience what SDN is like in the physical world. image Mark has posted (SDN Day Sessions in Amsterdam October 17 the session topics.  If you look through them you will find that there is a little something for everyone. There are opportunities for networking and open discussions about technical topics. Even if you aren’t in the social networking aspects of SDN, there are some pure educational sessions as well.  After having been to SDN Days in Las Vegas, I am personally really looking forward to attending again in Amsterdam.  SDN days has a very different feel overall when compared to the rest of TechEd.  From the opening networking opportunities to the way that new sessions can be added throughout the day on the whiteboard schedule; you can see that this isn’t you typical conference event.  Let me give you a personal example.  In Las Vegas I hosted an MDM Roundtable discussion session.  Going into the day I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Sure I’m used to giving presentations and teaching hands-on sessions by now, but this was really an unknown.    I ended up having quite a diverse crowd for the session. I had people currently implementing MDM, some who were about to get an implementation started, and a few people who were just curious about MDM.  After I gave my 10 minute song-and-dance PowerPoint to kick things off, the real fun started.  The audience participation kicked in and attendees started sharing experiences and questions.  This is the kind of experience that you just aren’t going to get elsewhere.  But SDN Days isn’t just about learning, networking, or even seeing cool demos.  It is also about having a little bit of fun.  We all work hard, right.  Why shouldn’t take an evening to relax just a little before the start of the hectic TechEd week?  SDN Days in Las Vegas gave us just such an opportunity.    Whether you were tired from the day and just wanted a good meal or if you were adventurous and wanted to try your hand at some dancing, the Hofbraeuhaus in Las Vegas sure did rise to the occasion.  I have included a few pictures of the fun that was had by all at the end of this weblog.  I’m sure that equal amounts of fun will be had at “boom” Amsterdam!.   Perhaps we can even get Craig to entertain us:image Finally those of you who are planning to make the trip to Amsterdam and SDN Days – if you are like me and this will be your first trip to Amsterdam, might I suggest a very nice resource that I found on the web with lots of information about the city for travelers:http://homepages.cwi.nl/~steven/amsterdam.htmlimage imageimageimageimageimageimageimage
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    And for those of you who are not planning to attend for whatever reason be it cost or length of time or what not, remember (especially those of you living not so far from Amsterdam) the SDN Day event can be purchased as a standalone event, not a high cost and just a day, hope to see you there!
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