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Geeks and Suits SAP Salon

Update: Please RSVP for the event, so that we can plan space.

If you liked the SAP Salon this week with Sean O’Driscoll please mark your calendar: March 26th 10am to 11:30am PST we will host the authors Minda Zetlin and Bill Pfleging. We will do a session around their Book the Geek Gap. Some of you may remember them from the Community Day in Las Vegas where we had a lively discussion around this theme. We are really happy to have them again, this time in Palo Alto.

Bill and Minda in front of the Geek Gap Murial 

One of the biggest problems that determine the success or failure of a software or implementation project are not technology, but soft factors like willingness to change or not speaking the same language. It is also the reason why cats and dogs often don’t get along, because the cues that they are sending each other are interpreted wrongly which leads to disaster. On the other hand if the dog and the cat grow up together they are best friends for life. (Or at least I think that is the case.)

Similar there is a big gab in the interest and language of techies and the business people. It is like Austrians and Germans, on the surface they speak the same language, the understanding sometimes … Oh, oh, I will get in trouble for this one 😉

Bill and Minda live it, as he is the total geek and she is at home in the business world. They have written the Geek Gap book that details the problems and points out solutions on how to make it work. This will be our focus will at the SAP Salon on the 26th of March 10am PST at SAP Labs in Palo Alto. (WebEx details to come soon.)

Business Process Experts as well as Developers need to be aware of that problem and need ways to get around it to ensure success of the project they are working on. I am looking forward to the session. You can already check out a The Geek Gap: Interview with Bill Pfleging and Minda Zetlin that Bob McGlunn did with the two authors for a local radio station. See you all there.

Wednesday 26th of March 10:00 to 11:30
SAP Labs, 3410 Hillview Avenue Palo Alto CA 94304 map

Point your Quicktime viewer to the following link: rtsp://207.105.30.90/salon.sdp
for the Webcast.

IRC chat:
Server: irc.freenode.net
Channel: #sapsalon

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
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      Bill and Minda have done some really cool work around this subject. I would recommend anyone who is interested to attend.. it will be fun !
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hey Mark:

      I think RSVP link is not longer working (ERROR 404)

      During March I’m on Holidays and traveling to LA!
      So, I really want to attend to this event (I will send my wife and kid to do some Shopping, there is one in Palo Alto right? :-P)

      Regards!
      Federico

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
      Blog Post Author
      A space sneaked into the RSVP URL link. I fixed it yesterday. Here is the direct link too: http://snurl.com/gands

      Thanks Federico for letting us know. See you all there, Mark.

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
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      Wow, just checked and we have over 40 sign ups already for the Geeks and Suits SAP Salon. 

      Please RSVP so we know whether the space is big enough.

      It is going to be a very interesting event. See you there, Mark. 

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
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      Hi Geeks and Suits,
      As the integrated chat worked nicely last time, we decided to go the WebEx route for the SAP Salon conference. Here are the details:

      WebEx:
      https://sap.webex.com/sap/j.php?ED=91838717&UID=46607042
      Meeting number: 745 758 859
      Meeting password: sapsalon

      Audio Conference:
      US & Canada: 866-331-0889
      International: 803-477-2002
      Participant Code: 899684

      See you all there, Mark.

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
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      Hi Everyone,

      Bill and Minda are here. Just checked the RSVP sheet and we have 198 people signed up. (Next time we will ask to mark whether you will be there or not.)

      As they only have one slide, we are webcasting check the wiki page: http://snurl.com/22o5k. Go to the Webex nevertheless for the chat and to ask questions. Conference call for audio. Technology, technology. See you in a bit, Mark.

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
      Blog Post Author
      Here is the link to the webcast. Point your quicktime player to the following link: rtsp://207.105.30.90/salon.sdp

      Let us know if it is not working, Mark.