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The SAP-Infotag on SAP MaxDB 2008 took place on September 18th and it was a full success. We had 150 participants in the Audimax in St. Leon-Rot, thus again 25% more than in 2007. The audience composed of SAP MaxDB users as well as prospects and consulting and outsourcing partners. Along with customer and SAP presentations, like in the past years, we could state the well known good atmosphere and vivid exchange of experience between each other. Exhibitor booths from HP, Libelle, Novell, TDS and our SAP MaxDB staff at the post in the Audimax forum accompanied the event. All exhibitors returned good feedback and reported good talks and questions.

Karl-Heinz Hess, SVP Business ByDesign and one of the long term patrons of SAP MaxDB gave the introduction talk. Afterwards, beside database related talk we showed the commitment of SAP towards SAP MaxDB, e.g. as part of the fast-start program for SAP Business All-In-One. The fast-start program offers prospects a simplified, end-to-end process to explore, demo, evaluate, and implement solutions tailored to their business needs. Based on a cooperation of hardware provider and SAP partner,  fast-start offers a stack of proven low TCO components together with SAP Best Practices tailored for the customer’s profile. It comes preconfigured and tested. SAP MaxDB and SuSE Linux are primary parts of this stack.

As customer talks we heard of Enercon, a German ‘renewable energies’ company that started rather small with SAP MaxDB and now has crossed the 1 TB border; we had GIA Informatik AG, and outsourcer from Switzerland who operates 42 SAP MaxDB systems of all sizes, and we had S’IT Solutions from Austria talking about their experiences and their next challenging project, requiring SAP MaxDB to operate a very large database in the banking sector.

In the SAP talks we put the spotlight on the locations, where the forces working with SAP MaxDB within SAP grow. Looking to development and research, we could proudly show our worldwide appearance, having R & D resources in Seoul, Palo Alto, Zurich, Shanghai in addition to Walldorf and Berlin. We do not only work on standard database topics but explore new technology streams together with our international colleagues. Additionally we showed the strong position of SAP MaxDB within SAP: SAP Hosting and SAP IT are operating nearly 3000 SAP MaxDB systems of all types, from business system to development system.

As a summary,  the open and lively atmosphere, the discussions with and between participants as well as their comments showed the high level of acceptance for our event and the wish to continue in that yearly interval. And that’s what we are striving to do.

As the event was held in German language, the presentations are kept mainly in German, too. But nonetheless and to get a glimpse you may have a look here.

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