Back to my office today after a long week of SDN Day + SAP TechEd and some partying in the Garden City, Bangalore. First of all I would like to convey my appreciation to the SDN team to come up with such an idea and on the way they organised the whole event. Secondly, I would like to thank them for inviting me over 🙂 I understand that over a 100 people were invited for the event. Yes, ‘Invited’. That means the SDNers neednt spill a penny for the event. But then it was only around 50 that turned up at SAP Labs,Bangalore. Disheartening, but on the positive note we can all say “The Glass is ‘Half Full’ and not ‘Half Empty'”. Maybe I will tell you guys what the day was all about and how happy I am not having to miss it. You never know, might be that it can prove to be a motivator for next year 🙂 I travelled a 1000 Kms to reach Bangalore. Well the funny thing is it took just over an hour for the flight to travel that distance but it took me a hour and 15 minutes to reach SAP Labs. Thank to the infamous ‘Bridge’ that all were commenting on !!! (Yes I know this isnt a good reason for me being late) Well, after the general note and introductions by Craig, the first thing I decided at Tea was to give faces to the names I often used to find in the forums (in this case the XI forum). Met a load of them and immediately we formed a good bond of friendship. Considering the attendees to be from various companies competing with each other, this platform eliminated it all. From the left to right, Abhy Thomas, Anirban Ghatak, Me, Smita Rao and Bhavesh Kantilal. Soon the whole bunch of us were pulled into a table where at random we interacted with the SDNers present(SpeedNetworking), then the SDN team decided to place us under the respective domain we work. That was a good move. It enabled me to familiarise with contributors working with the same technology as mine. We shared random thoughts on the subject and even put up views on how to take SDN forward in a strong way. The takeaway from the Speed Networking – Birds of a Feather can flock together 🙂 Above: Sriram Vasudevan and Prashanth Azharuddin. Sriram did share some of his experiences at the table regarding his recent projects. It was a good knowledge share. Next came the lunch and believe me all of us were treated to some mouthwatering scrumptious eatables. I caught some of the community members on the Cam right then. Above: Tanvir Sheikh and Sidharth Deshpande Above:Durairaj Athavan Raja and Ravikumar Allampalam is visble near Craig.Above: Tarun Telang (the Widget guy in pink), Vijay Babu Dudla, Karthik Iyengar. A small break after the lunch and then came in the BOAF sessions. Being somebody related to XI, i took up the sessions on that topic. It was wonderful to see young minds present out their ideas and i would like to congratulate them on putting up a good show. Towards the end, a session on BPX turned out to be very informative. Even Marlyin poured in her ideas to make the crowd aware on the new jargon and a new breed of BPXers. Finally it was the battle of thoughts. The ‘Silicon valley of the West Vs the East’, Innovation in IT. Words and thoughts flew in the air as the community members and the panel of Kartik Iyengar, Mark Yolton, Hyther Nizam (Zoho Team ) and Prashanth (cio-weblog.com) poured in their views. Craig then called it a day. So in a unique SAP style, the community was then called in for a Networking and Dinner session. The ambience was terrific. Music was in the air … Jazz sessions and Beer flowed … Wow, now thats a awesome combination !!!! 🙂 and then it was time …. with a great day and lots of memories behind I decided to say my goodbyes. With Anirban(my colleague and good friend), Craig, the Zoho team and Uri Levy By the by Craig mentioned that maybe …. maybe next SDN day we could bring along 2 of our friends to the event 🙂 Aha … yes,to me that includes Girlfriends !!!! If you missed SDN day on 7th, well then you did miss all the fun that could have come your way …..