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SDN Day Amsterdam

I’m probably one of the few people who isn’t an SAP employee who have been to both SDN days.  The Las Vegas one was great and once again the SDN team put on a fantastic event.    Mark opened the day with his 3 “I Made SDN Day” for SDN day and I think they really sum up the spirit of all the people there and I only hope we really did live up to the ideals Mark put forth.  He hit on another topic also, the connections between people that are created at this event.  For me this is probably more important and more useful then any session.    We all operate in this world where we only know each other from Blog/forum postings and head shots in your business card.  Actually getting to meet people like Gregor Wolfimage and Eddy De Clercqimage is a great extension of our little world.  The interesting part is, this isn’t necessary for the functioning of the community it’s just a nice to have.  These face to face meeting allows us to increase the bandwidth of our communications, which is great but even if you have never met Rich Heilman he will still have your ABAP answer.  I was able to find some time to attend sessions ranging from “Connecting Typo3 to SAP” to RadRails to discussing versioning and dependencies in SAPlink.    We even got to hear from Shaiimage regarding the importance of SDN and BPX communities.  He is really seems supportive of the community, which is a great thing.  He also spoke about the ISVs that SAP hopes will spring up to make use of their Netweaver platform.  James Governorimage wrote a good blog about some issues ISVs may face trying to operate in this new space.  He references “grassroots devs,” which I think should be extended to Open Source projects also ( not sure if that’s what he meant ).  Personally, I wonder if they will be able to operate in these new white spaces due to the licensing/costs surrounding the “platform.”  Finally, the day ended with a trip to Boom Chicago for a hysterical show and of course some beers.  image If you were unable to make it to SDN Day, next year you should really try to make it.  It is a great even and a great way to meet people and come up with some new ideas.

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      Don't have too much fun, but lots of beer!

      Or is it...Don't have too much beer, but lots of fun!

      I think the combination is....Make sure you have lots of fun and lots of beer!

      Either way, it seems like the event is another smash hit.  Take lots of pictures.

      Good luck at the demo.


      Author's profile photo Oliver Kohl
      Oliver Kohl
      Hi Dan, hey Ed,

      you made it once again, grats for that!! Let's hope your project will be a model for some people to contribute to the SDN community in (open) source form.

      Thanks and have a great TechEd!


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      I'd like to remind you that SAP prohibits the posting of any and all photos of SAP employees or SAP TechEd Attendees engaged in any "extracurricular" activities in either Las Vegas or Amsterdam.


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      That photo was taken, the ummm, next day, when I, ummm went back with another group of people.