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Update: Great comment by Jim Spath: … the dates, times and speakers may change, so conference attendees should check the Agenda Builder  and on-site updates for current news. 

I am listing here only the SAP NetWeaver sessions, there are currently 33 Influence Sessions in total. One more reason to check the Agenda Builder.

If you like to influence SAP NetWeaver Development, and I know you do ;-), please join the ASUG NetWeaver Influence Council and Strategy Sessions at the ASUG Conference in May. 

Being around SAP for a while I remember the early days of ASUG. Lots of effort went into polling all members creating feature lists and voting on them. After they were tallied the ASUG leadership went to Walldorf, back then 98% of all development was done in Walldorf, to present the request of the customers using our software.

 

The unfortunate thing was, the timing was totally off, development for the next release was just closed, and it took forever for theses requests to get taken care off. Frustrating for everyone involved.

 

We scratched our heads, went back to the drawing board and out come the Influence Councils. When development is ready for input the community is pinged, first via conference calls and then face to face meetings, usually when practitioners come together anyhow. Like at the ASUG conference early May. We have been doing that for many years now.

 

If you are interested in improving for example the Business Process Management functionality please join Thomas Volmering and Wulff-Heinrich Knapp on May 7th.

Here is the whole SAP NetWeaver program:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Influence   Council

 

 

Speakers

 

 

Date/Time  

 

 

Business   Process Management

 

 

Thomas Volmering & Wulff-Heinrich Knapp

 

 

May 7,   2008 @11:30-12:30

 

 

Composite   Applications with SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment

 

 

Joav   Bally & Amir Rubin

 

 

May 6,   2008 @3:30-5:00

 

 

Enabling   people to work “their way”: Introducing the SAP NW Business Client

 

 

Smadar   Ludomirski & Brian McKellar

 

 

May 6,   2008 @3:30-5:00

 

 

Enterprise   Data Warehousing

 

 

Ingo   Brenckmann & Josh Djupstrom

 

 

May 6,   2008 @07:30-09:00

 

 

Enterprise   Query, Reporting, and Analysis

 

 

Ingo   Brenckmann

 

 

May 5,   2008 @09:30-10:30

 

 

Master   Data Management: A Central Component in SAP’s Business Process Platform

 

 

Michael   Boettcher & Aaron Mahimainathan

 

 

May 5,   2008 @2:15-4:45

 

 

Mobile   Technologies SIG/Customer Roundtable/Mobilizing Business Processes

 

 

Jim   Spath & Jan Fetzer,
  & Louenas Hamdi

 

 

May 6,   2008 @11:00-12:30

 

 

Planning   and Financial Performance Management (FPM)

 

 

Adam   Their & Brian Wood

 

 

May 5,   2008 @11:00-12:00

 

 

SAP   NetWeaver Enterprise Search

 

 

Markus   Fath

 

 

May 6,   2008 @07:30-09:00

 

 

Influence   Council Update: User Interaction Strategy in SAP NetWeaver and UI Technology 

 

 

Filip   Misovski

 

 

May 5,   2008 @3:45-4:45

 

 

SAP   NW Portal Influence Council – Enhancements and Future Directions

 

 

Guy   Bavly & Eran Schaffer

 

 

May 5,   2008 @2:15-4:45

 

 

Security   and Identity Management

 

 

Torgeir   Pedersen

 

 

May 6,   2008 @3:30-4:30

 

 

SOA   Design Time Governance with ES Registry and ES Repository (ESR+R)

 

 

Vikas   Chandra & Holger Mack

 

 

May 6,   2008 @11:00-12:30

 

 

User   Interaction Strategy in SAP NetWeaver and UI Technology

 

 

Filip   Misovski & Yariv Zur

 

 

May 7,   2008 @09:00-11:30

 

 

SAP   NetWeaver  Lifecycle Management Roadmap 

 

Franz-Josef Fritz  

May 6,   2008  @08:00 – 09:00

 

 

In addition we are also offering:

 

Strategy Sessions

Meet one-on-one with the SAP NetWeaver Product Definition team to discuss specific business needs, validate and give feedback on the current solution planning, and directly influence the SAP NetWeaver Solution Strategy. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to impact SAP NetWeaver, the technology foundation that powers SAP solutions. To register for the SAP NetWeaver Strategy Sessions, please send an email to the following email address [SAPNetWeaver.PM@sap.com ], and indicate which session you are interested in, and would like to attend, date and time, your name and contact information. (Cell phone especially important to be able to reach you during the event.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics  

 

 

Monday,   May 5

 

 

Tuesday,   May 6

 

 

Wednesday,   May 7

 

 

“I   just created my first composite application” Creating very light   composite applications by end users in the enterprise world; vision or   fantasy?

 

 

4-6pm

 

 

8-10am

 

 

None

 

 

Business   Intelligence : Reporting & Data Warehousing

 

 

2-4pm

 

 

4-6pm

 

 

None

 

 

Craigslist   for IT building blocks and services – Sharing services, reusable IT building   blocks and full synergies between different users and different   organizations.

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

Noon-2pm

 

 

None

 

 

End User   Interaction and UI channels

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

8-10am

 

 

None

 

 

Enterprise Search

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

8-10am

 

 

ESB Goes Information   Bus

 

 

2-4pm

 

 

2-4pm

 

 

None

 

 

Identity   management roadmap

 

 

4-6pm

 

 

8-10am

 

 

8-10am

 

 

Lifecycle   management – Linking Business processes to IT

 

 

2-4pm

 

 

4-6pm

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

Mobile   Application Platform

 

 

Noon-2pm

 

 

2-4pm

 

 

None

 

 

Planning   & Corporate Performance Management (CPM)

 

 

4-6pm

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

None

 

 

Process-Centric   Master Data Management

 

 

8-10am

 

 

Noon-2pm

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

SAP   NetWeaver Enterprise Portal

 

 

None

 

 

Noon-2pm

 

 

8-10am

 

 

SOA   Security Management

 

 

8-10am   & Noon – 2pm

 

 

2-4pm

 

 

None

 

 

Towards   Ubiquitous  Enterprise Content Management Services

 

 

8-10am

 

 

4-6pm

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

Visual   Composer, Model Driven UI and Mashups:

 

 

Noon-2pm

 

 

10-Noon

 

 

None

 

 

These are unique opportunities for you. The people that decide which feature or function of your favorite SAP NetWeaver application should be developed next will be there in listening mode. They will give you their undivided attention. Please make good use of that opportunity, I know I would if I where you.

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  1. Jim Spath
    Mark: great blog on the Influence component of SAP and ASUG.  As I said on a wiki update where you listed the influence and strategy sessions, the dates, times and speakers may change, so conference attendees should check the Agenda Builder (http://www.sapphire2008agenda.com/) and on-site updates for current news. You listed 15 Influence sessions, yet I got 33 searching this morning.  Nice that you included my name with the Mobile Technologies session 😉
    More clarifications:
    Agenda Builder uses one session code, ASUG another; for example:
    http://www.sapphire2008agenda.com/usa2008/sessiondetails.epx?sessionid=14956&agendaitemtype=2&keynotes=false&mode=standalone
    has the session ID 14956, while the program book and rooms will show code 0805 for “Mobilizing Business Processes”. 
    You show no speaker for “SAP NetWeaver Lifecycle Management Roadmap” but going to this link –
    http://www.sapphire2008agenda.com/usa2008/sessiondetails.epx?sessionid=15174&agendaitemtype=2&keynotes=false&mode=standalone
    shows it is Franz-Josef Fritz, at least.
    You’re missing one important Influence Update session – “Influencing Incident Management at SAP”, formerly known as “Message Solving”.  I blogged about this earlier in 2008 (Is “Message Solving” a Soduku Puzzle or a Continual Improvement Survey? [Updated 28-Apr-2008]) and will update that blog once I get feedback from Dave Hubert of Molex.  Yael built a new wiki page for Incident Management @ SAP recently on https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/x/VoBF – I’m all over it… /jim
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    1. Mark Finnern Post author
      Hi Jim,

      Excellent comment, I updated the original post accordingly. I only listed the NetWeaver related Influence Council sessions check Agenda Builder for the rest.

      >Nice that you included my name with the Mobile Technologies session 😉
      Of course, Jim you are family 😉

      See you all there, Mark.

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      1. Jim Spath
        Mark – yes, the Agenda Builder just revealed Tom Brokaw will speak Monday night!

        This keynote presentation will be given by Tom Brokaw.
        Audience Focus:      All
        Industry addressed:      Cross-Industry
        Track:      General Sessions — Keynotes
        Date/Time:      Monday, May 5, 5:00 p.m.
        Location:      General Sessions — Keynotes

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