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 Yesterday, I attended the SAP World Tour 2007 in Tel-Aviv. This is the 4th annual event in Israel. The TechTour was comfortably located in the Hilton Hotel for the over one thousand attendees. The full day agenda began with words of welcome from both SAP and Ness executives.

The highlight of the keynote for me was Rolf Schumann, Chief Technology Officer Head of Platform, SAP NetWeaver, SAP EMEA. Whose presentation “Business at the Speed of Change” was very enlightening and of course it didn’t hurt that he spoke about CN (aka SDN/BPX).

We also heard from Simon Witts, Corporate VP, Enterprise & Partner Group of Microsoft on the partnership between Microsoft and SAP and from SAP Labs Israel’s very own Or Shavit from the Customer Advisory Office demo-ing VC and Enterprise Search (wow! The future looks good!) in his presentation “Enterprise SOA in Action”.

TechTour highlighted BPX this year which included a very informative keynote presentation on GRC by Hila Barr-Hoisman, Director, Enterprise Risk Services- CA, Deloitte Brightman Almagor.

After a good lunch (especially for us picky eaters) we spent the afternoon choosing between sessions in 4 different tracks: Technology, Business, Speed and Change.

I enjoyed most of the sessions I attended and learned from them. My favorite session was of course that of our very own Marilyn Pratt entitled “Business Process Expert Community”.

Marilyn captivated her audience in both Hebrew and English gently guiding them into the world of BPX, and of the site. She highlighted the Community Project which drew interest from the crowd.

The presentations (all in English except Hila Barr-Hoisman’s) and pictures from the event can be seen here next week.

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    1. Vladimir Pavlov
      Indeed – wow!

      So, Gali, you’re not wasting your time between TechEds, right? Warming up with the “Mini TechEd”… 😉

      Cool! Hope next year to have a stop in Bulgaria too 🙂

      Cheers,
      — Vlado

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      1. Marilyn Pratt
        Hi Vladimir,
        What we are really “warming up” to do is to have engaged and inspired local evangelists to bring the local passion, interest and focus of community to all the TechTour stops and potential stops. 
        Our mentors and local community “activists” are the best emissaries possible. For example, just this week, Ignacio Hernandez was one in Argentina, Owen Pettiford has volunteered to liaison in Bristol, England.  I’ve connected our Israeli teammates with the ISUG (Israeli SAP User Group) for an upcoming event of 3,000 folks in that local chapter.  From my own personal interactions and correspondances, I know there is a really great set of developers, documentary writers and very articulate SDNers in Bulgaria.  I’ve worked with some of the CAF team.  I’m sure we can create a “grassroots” presence as well.  Craig has provided a wiki page for local “meetups”.  I invite you to take a look and get it happening in Bulgaria.
        https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/Community/Community+Events
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        1. Jim Spath
          Marilyn (et al):

            As you know, our ASUG chapter meetings are similar to “meetups” so I’ll share upcoming opportunities for SDN folks in the Americas to meet other SAP employees, customers and consultants.

            I viewed the link you posted and was hoping you would clarify the best place to coordinate.  I found external event links and big events (i.e. TechEd) on the page you referenced, and also found:

          My Home  >  Contributor Corner >  …Contributor Corner > Our Community > sapcamp
          https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/Community/sapcamp

          where I posted a possible meet up in Philly in January (brrr).

          There is also:
          My Home > Contributor Corner > Contributor Corner > On-line Meetups 
          https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/Community/On-line+Meetups

          but this has no events since December 2006.  That might be a good place to post links to webcasts, as I often text people that I recognize on webex sessions when the speaker slows down.

          Jim

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          1. Marilyn Pratt
            Hi Jim,
            There is an entry for all ASUG events on our https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/events Events Page found in the top navigation under Events.
            Continue to use and proliferate the use of the wiki for meetup listings and as more folks become accustomed to using it and looking there it will have more relevance for such announcements.  For the events page you would need to coordinate announcements with the formal page publications and with the editors (via SDNContent@sap.com).  The beauty of the wiki is the ability to post your announcements autonomously. 
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  1. Marilyn Pratt
    Thanks for your kind words Gali.  It was a very good event and I owe a summary of some of the great “after event” interactions and a set of pics.  Having many of “our” team there was definately a highlight and there is potential for many great interactions on that local level.  I enjoyed the warm support.
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