You might have heard this story already because I’ve told it to many friends and colleagues and might have even shared it here on the website, but quite a few years ago (8 to be exact) I was desperate to attend ABAP educational sessions at TechEd and the economy was in a bit of a slump. So trying to be somewhat creative and certainly trying to be proactive, I figured that rather than ask my manager for a ticket to TechEd, I’d find a way of getting an invitational pass by making myself available to give a session and “earn my way”.
Imagine my delight when my proposal for an education session was accepted and I could then show my manager an invitation. Now, I didn’t have to ask to go to TechEd, TechEd asked me to attend.
That’s the present offer for all those folks thinking that they would love the opportunity to attend the “best educational SAP event available” to customers, partners and yes, SAP employees. It’s an event that provides occasions for dialogue and influence and networking and a deeper look at solutions and development than any other “marketing” or vendory type of experience provides. I know, because I probably held some kind of an SAP record for most sessions attended and summaries of sessions gathered in the year I presented and got my invitation.
Year’s later, I am as anxious to attend these events as I was when I started working for SAP, because, quite frankly, I find it is the most efficient way to catch up on so many things that are evolving and I feel I don’t always know enough about (even working for SAP). As SCN grew, I discovered that many of those “things” are grown in the community space and this year promises some hot items that are really SCN based.
So here’s the ticket (literally): think up your very best experiences, most valuable problem solving approaches, your worst war stories with a peaceful (or not so peaceful) resolution and submit your contents here.
And yes, I’m particularly addressing the BPX community in this call for proposals. If business process management means automating your defined processes as efficiently and flexibly as possible, then in these days of economic challenge and more stringent regulation-based implementations, it would be exceedingly useful to illustrate how you manage to do that in your organization or work experience, by what means, methods, and tools.
Two years ago, when we were in sneak preview mode with the BPX community, we Calling All BPXers – TechEd ’06 is Not Just For SDNers to submit content for TechEd ’06 consideration. I was kind of hoping that there wasn’t a need to remind everyone this year that the deadline is near for your July 27th content proposals for Berlin.
Do I have to come over and get you?
Think you have a great topic but need coaching on presenting it? Christina Miller offered great tips last year Don’t Let Anxiety Keep You from Speaking at SAP TechEd in her excellent blog entry called: “Don’t Let Anxiety Keep You from Speaking at SAP TechEd”.
Don’t let procrastination keep you either.