Community Day Bangalore 2008 was well attended by the users, customers and participants in the SAP Community Network. This time it was a free sign up event for those who dint get the invitation. The Day gave a chance to many Community members to meet face-to-face others who otherwise were just user names known during Forum interactions or blogs at the SCN.
Participants of the Day were greeted at the entrance where they had to collect their batches that were personalized by individual names written on it. The day began with the opulent breakfast.
The opening session was splendid as it was given by Mark Yolten and the figures provided by him were really impressive. One of them being – we were moving ahead of our target on “Food for the points”. Craig got smiles on the people’s faces by announcing that TechEd registrations for SCNers can happen without any wait at the same place.
Then came two rounds of speed networking. Unlike last years this time, we missed the networking session where in people from their specialized areas gathered together and exchanged views. Nevertheless speed networking enabled us meeting people from different spheres of life.
Lunch was followed by various sessions in 3 different tracks: SDN, BPX and Mentor Hands On. BPX track begun with the 5 pillars of SAP BPM (methodology, governance, technology, education and community) and was attended by huge numbers. Rajgo gave us an overview on Galaxy. Marc Dietrich gave an impressive presentation on Business Process Modeling and Methodology.
The popular SDN Mentors’ Hands-On Workshop was brought to Community Day Bangalore. Thomas Jung gave the participants a great opportunity to try out new UI technologies like Adobe Flash Islands for Web Dynpro and the Web Dynpro ABAP Floorplan Manager. The room was jam packed with the people who had signed up previously with almost no dropouts! This single session ran from 13:00 until 15:30, and was simply mind blowing.
SDN track begun with Dipankar Saha’s session on “Implementing Enterprise Shared Service Model using ESOA”; where he showed how the new PI 7.1 enabled this. Somnath and Abesh shared their experiences in the next session.
Most of the participants were seen busy attending back to back sessions. Several SAP Mentors like Somnath Manna, Abesh Bhattacharjee, Bhavesh Kantilal, Dipankar Saha, Krishna Moorthy, Tarun Telang (as I can recall) coming from different SAP applications and backgrounds were there to cherish the Community Day! Community Day Bangalore definitely missed Mark Finnern and Gali for sure. Marilyn Pratt stayed busy by doing multi tasking – recording, arranging, hosting and coordinating sessions.
Then came the awaited Panel discussion consisting of Ann, Marc, Babu Jayendran, Farooq and Michael Bechauf. There were discussions around the need of BPX Roles in each phase – Plan, Build, Run of the Bell Curve. The panel gave thoughts on the emerging BPX needs.
In a separate session Thomas Jung detailed out the innovations planned for the ABAP developers in next year’s EnhP 2. He also brought an EnhP 2 development build ABAP system with him to show the work done so far.
During the evening reception at Fortune Trinity, people were seen sharing experiences about “Life in general” and working on SAP. Ann Rosenberg stayed busy answering the queries of people on the BPX.
Attending the Community Day was definitely an awesome experience for all of us. This was the second Community Day for me and hence was even more special. I thank people who take this initiative every year to make this day special for us. Hope to see you all in the next Community Day!
Marilyn would soon provide us the pics of Community Day!