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My TechEd Day 1 Highlights

I had planned on highlighting all that I have been doing each day,  but on Day 1, I am finding it hard to remember everything, especially after seeing Dan and Ed’s demo at Demo Jam last night.   This demo really solidifies the whole meaning of “Anything is possible”.  I’ve used that statement a number of times over my SAP career, but I really was not thinking on the same level as Dan and Ed .  These guys took a WII and a bunch of open source technologies and mashed them all together giving the user the ability to manipulate applications using WII remotes.  I realize that I’m not giving a clear picture and not doing it justice, you really have to see it to appreciate it in full.  It looks like something out of movies, really!!  I would think that if they were actually allowed to compete,  that they would have won Demo Jam all over again this year as well.  I believe there will be a video of the demo released in the coming days. 

The rest of the Demo Jam was pretty good, the other Jammers had some good ideas and presented them well.  One which stood out, was Brian Yarnell’s demo which was building powerpoint slides dynamically with real data from the backend.  Brian ended up winning the Demo Jam.

Yesterday’s events are starting to come back to me as I’m writing this blog.   It was a long day, starting with the Mentor breakfast at 7:00am hosted by Mark Finnern.  Only a few showed up, but it was nice to meet a few of the Mentors.  Then we all went to the keynote together.  Afterwards, I tryed to go to a few lection sessions, first I went to a BI session, and couldn’t even get in the door, there were people standing in the doorway.  So I decided to go to an ABAP session, same deal.  So then I decided to use my blogger credentials and go to the Executive Press Conference.  This was a session reserved for press, anaylysts and bloggers.  There were some really tough questions from the press in this session.  Next, had lunch in the GC(Global Communications) room and wrote the community day blog in parallel.  In the afternoon, I helped out with a 4 hour-hands on session with Thomas Jung called “Updating your ABAP Skills to NetWeaver 7.0”.  This session is being presented 3 days this week, and I believe each session is sold out.  The attendees really seemed to enjoy what they are learning as it was 6:30 till all of them left the session room, the networking reception started at 5:30, so we had some really hardcode ABAPers in the session, which was great. Which brings us up to Demo Jam, which is always a good time.  Looking forward to another good day at TechEd. 😉

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