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I replied to Jim Spath’s call for presentations blog last November after talking to my client at that time and proposed two sessions with the hope that one will be selected.

I was quite surprised to get an email in February telling me that both sessions were selected and it did not take long for my co-presenter to ping me on Gtalk to discuss the details.

We both knew that the tough part is ahead of us as we have to prepare the material for two sessions.

We used conference calls and net meetings to discuss the outline and topics that we should present for each session as I was working for a different client on a different continent – and still am.

After getting the draft versions to a certain level we presented them to the management to get their feedback and approval – you have to be careful when discussing client projects because of confidential data and IP related issues and management wanted to ensure a certain quality as well.

So without further adue, here are the sessions:

SAP Interactive Forms Software by Adobe with Custom Features at Bechtel Corporation
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Monday, May 5
304C

We will discuss the reason for Bechtel to implement Adobe Interactive Forms and the processes for which they are used. We will check out the framework used for the implementation and custom features that have been added. The session also discusses the way Bechtel managers can approve requests via their Blackberry devices.

Bechtel runs ECC5.0 and we will discuss limitations of this version in regards to the implementation and a quick comparison with ECC6.0 functionality where applicable. The session also touches topics such as security, monitoring and effort of the implementation.

Dynamic Personalization and Landing Pages in SAP NetWeaver Portal
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 6
303C

This session discusses the Enterprise Portal implementation at Bechtel that was done during an upgrade from R/3 4.6 to ECC5.0. We will talk about the personalization feature that has been done in the ITS version of ESS and what method was used to realize the same functionality in the Enterprise Portal. The PCD filter factory components will be explained in detail and the process of using user attributes from SAP backend such as employee group, personnel area, payroll area to drive security and navigation of the Enterprise Portal.

We will also showcase how Bechtel implemented custom landing pages that are linked to filtered PCD objects and can be configured via portal attributes with the same look and feel as XSS Home/Area pages.

We briefly touch topics such as content personalization using KM and WPC.

I hope I am able to persuade some of you to attend the sessions and if you are going to be at the conference but can’t make it to my sessions (tons of good stuff going on at the same time) then hopefully we can meet during one of the reception events.

I am leaving on Saturday for Orlando and I am really looking forward seeing some sunshine – I am currently on project assignment in London,UK and I miss the sun!

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