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On The Road to Berlin (Part 5)

In prior blogs about going to TechEd, and particularly the 2008 one in Berlin, I’ve written about how I’m physically getting ready.  Here is more background on the network motivators and personal goals (beyond traveling and arriving home in one piece).

Goals for TechEd

When I write or review a presentation, I’m often looking for around three key take-aways I expect to give or to get.  Here is my short list for this trip:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • R/3 Upgrade
  • BI-BO-BW

What is a little odd to me is that the SDN blogging space, as well as the TechEd keyword list, don’t have SCM on them.  No matter, I had a wonderful chat yesterday with Somnath Mannath, a fellow SAP Mentor, so I have already fulfilled part of goal #1 before even getting on the plane.

For upgrades, I’m not too worried as I we’ve been through upgrades before, and with input from peer ASUG companies have gone through a business case justification for going from 4.7 to whatever it’s called by the time we’re ready.  What I want to hear about are people’s experience upgrading more complex landscapes.  The last upgrades we did for R/3 and for BW only had those systems online; now we have SCM which adds another dimension to the provisioning, testing and validation challenges.

For Business Objects and the Business Warehouse/Business intelligence labyrinth, we’re endebted to the ASUG Business Intelligence Community, who have rolled out webcast after webcast getting experts in front of customers virtually, so we’re getting our hands around the roadmap, such as it is.   If you’re facing this dilemma, drop me a line.

People at TechEd

The main reason I keep pushing is a community organizer is the people I meet.  While I am happy to curl up with a good book, a stimulating conversation about the condition of the world is very satisfying (as long as we stay away from the topic of what countriy has the best/worst drivers; if you know me you know car culture isn’t my idea of fun). 


Speakers I’ve met and/or know


Looking at the SAP TechEd Agenda builder, you can view by speaker name. There are a lot of speakers I don’t know yet; here are a few I do know (and twitter IDs):

Most of these I have met at ASUG conferences, the remainder at prior SAP TechEd events (i.e., Michaela See at TechEd in Boston).

SAP Mentors

Mark Finnern published a wiki page on Mentors going to TechEd Berlin, though there was already a column on another Wiki page showing all Mentors and which events they planned to attend. So, the next list is definitely out of synch with others 

Matthias Zeller @matzeller
Dick Hirsch @rhirsch

SAP Community Ev-angels



I have not heard if James Farrar will be in Berlin, but I certainly hope so.  We had fleeting conversations at the ASUG Annual Conference/Sapphire earlier this year, and I have a lot more environmental ideas bubbling. 


People I Plan to Meet


Andre and I have have collaborated on a couple webcasts, dealing with the Collaboration Workspace.  He’s speaking on Virtualization (LCM300) and I’m booked to be there.

Susanne Janssen is one of Bill Adam’s peers in the Performance, Scalability and Data Management team.  Her role in managing sizing projects and the QuickSizer tool are part of my daily experience at work.


Plan to Meet: SAP Mentors

To name but a few…

Train riders (Zugmitfahrer)

Dennis and I met at the ASUG conference, collaborating briefly for a session on Social Networking tools, not to mention our dueling videos on first timer tips. Yojibee and I have communicated on twitter exclusively I think.  Gregor is a super-hero with whom I have had little contact yet, but I intend to remedy that.

Twitter followers/followed


A few more for good measure


Julius is an SAP Mentor, but has also become active in the ASUG site after he found out he company was a member, giving him access to another world of resources.   Anton (Tony) has a reputation, I believe. We should get along famously.

I updated my schedule yesterday to block out time for blogging, and to hang out at the:

I’ll be the one with the long hair tucked up under my SAP Mentor hat. 



Any errors or omissions in the above are solely mine.


p.s. As of this writing, I’m at 325 contacts on LinkedIn.  I want to reach 400 by 20-Oct-2008.  Help me!

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  • Jim SCM has its own Wiki and also figure in Articles and BPX. You will find relevant (?) Blogs under Business Solutions category where most of my blogs (very few compared to yours) reside. As for forums check out , and <a heref=””>ERP 6.0 Upgrade. ECC Upgrade has its own Wiki also and I know the Moderator Sriramachandra very well. Regards, Somnath