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A week of TechEd networking, influencing, educating. [part 2]

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SAP Mentor kickoff meeting

  Marilyn arrives, raring to go

  I flipped this photo sideways as the uploader doesn’t seem to know landscape from portrait – for best results view this while laying down.




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Yes, there’s Blag in the second row, right behind a wall of suits.

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[My thought to type notes taken in situ – skip ahead for takeaways and more interesting topics] 

Individual Netweaver licenses

SOA contest : 10 picked out of 35 : 5 winners
Sharp Electronics – winner

Midmarket on demand


ESOA Solution by design

Network efficiency – out tasking and process excellence
Network co-innovation – collaboration and competitive differentiation

Four dimensions of innovation
Composition, Enterprise Services Repository, Integration, Foundation

Example – Standard Bank [SAP TV] – service orientated architecture

Coordination of Industry Specific Solutions
Switch Framework, Enhancement packages, Enterprise service bundles

Matthias – demo 1
  Oil and Gas
  Solution: Enhancement Package Installation – SAP Solution Manager
  Maintenance optimizer
  TE3 Switch Framework – change business
  Test catalog
  All users get new functionality

demo 2
  Service discovery
  Wiki enabled SAP documentation

demo 3
  Enterprise services builder
  Integration Scenario catalog

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Vishal Sikka

Business Network Transformation

… Communities / Ecosystem
BI accelerator – IBM or HP Intel blades
Woodcrest compiler accelerator – code 86% faster (dual core)
“inherent coherence”

demo 4

jeff – little “4 GB” usb stick
process change / composition environment
adobe interactive form

web 2.0 / ajax / UI controls
Using Eclipse AKA SAP Netweaver Developer Studio

demo 5

Next version of developer studio

process modeling / issue management galaxy flow / 


Takeaway for me:

  Painless Patching AKA Switch Framework (but I’ll believe it when it’s on our systems, not when I see a demo) 

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Irene Hopf on system consolidation

  Good to see a friend from Tech Ed 05; Irene ran a good session despite premature microphone failure.  Her pod demo running a live system from Vegas to Walldorf was gutsy, and I got to help debug a PC to X Windows startup fault (some things never seem to change) 


Brian Knupp on Event Management

  I ducked out early to visit the vendor exhibits.

Manju Venkataseshan on Memory Inspector

  Good crowd, but not enough time to do a demo, so we will plan to webcast – not sure whether it will be through ASUG or SAP (yes, Lisa, this means you!)

 Atul Patankar on Discovery’s Combined Unicode Conversion.

  OK, Atul, I’m guilty, I missed your session and still need to download your updated slides.  But good luck on your conversion later this month.

Geeks vs. Suits 

 Bill Pfleging and Minda Zetlin led an interactive session in the clubhouse, where yours truly was recruited for a stand in roll as a geek (not my real nature).   Bob McGlynn played my arch-nemesis, the suit (his title starts with “Marketing” so not much of a stretch for him).

 Afterwards, the action was captured for posterity on the clubhouse mural.



After that, I spent about an hour networking in the Exhibit Hall before catching a show at the Tropicana.  At the hall, I ran into my ASUG buddies, and their colleagues.  Lisa Strizzi had me and Dawn Haymond talking to SAP veep Naresh Parshotam about testing strategies.  Also spoke briefly to the archiving crowd,  including Jim Malfetti who’s helping Black & Decker strategize, and Ken Campbell about getting rid of old BW logs.

Last, but not least, downloaded the SAP TV clip from yesterday, as one of the camera crew told me I was in the show.  Yes, they spelled my name right!  Woo Hoo!


*** It’s a 5MB file, so if you’re at Tech Ed you may not get good throughput via wireless ***

 A different view: take a look behind the scenes of our dynamic, pre-conference program, Community Day.

[Play WMV clip >]image



Jim – see you tomorrow (wait, that would be later today now)!

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
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      Hi Jim:

      It was really nice to meet you yesterday -:) Thanks for the pic, I wasn't aware of that one -:P Bummer...I can't watch your clip... -:(



      Author's profile photo Jim Spath
      Jim Spath
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      Yes, the SAP video guy said he was sorry it was uploaded as a WMV file.  When I tried to run it on my laptop, Windows offered to install media player 10, so I downloaded the file and viewed with VLC (see  Alas, if you have a codec issue, that's beyond my ken.

      VLC is cool because I can do screen shots 🙂