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It’s a Wrap! Another SAP TechEd 08 Season Ends on a High Note

I wanted to share a message I just sent to SAP executives and stakeholders supporting SAP TechEd globally.  

TechEd has just wrapped up for the 2008 season and there are many people to THANK for the long hours, hard work, dedication, and passion that it takes to run the TechEd events in the innovative and professional way you all expect.  See the lists below of the dedicated individuals that make it happen.

THANK YOU TechEd Teams for an awesome series of events!  Well done.

And to our SAP Community…. Thanks for supporting SAP TechEd and we’ll see you again next year!!


(PS…don’t miss the links below to check out videos and photos from SAP TechEd 2008.)


To: SAP TechEd Steering Committee and Stakeholders 

Last week we wrapped up the SAP TechEd 08 season with an outstanding event at SAP TechEd 08 Bangalore.  What a great event to conclude the ‘round the world TechEd event series!


In all, SAP TechEd 08 was host to nearly 16,000 attendees in Las Vegas, Berlin, Shanghai, and Bangalore.  Our SAP executives provided outstanding keynotes by Leo Apotheker, John Schwarz, Vishal Sikka, and Peter Zencke with Ecosystem overviews from Zia Yusuf and Mark Yolton.  The TechEd team with our expert speakers conducted close to 1,400 individual lecture and hands-on training sessions.  The SAP Community engaged heavily in learning, collaborating, and co-innovating through Partner sponsorships, training sessions, Community Day events, and the SAP Community Clubhouse.  And finally, our Global Communications teams at TechEd hosted over 175 Press, Analyst, and Bloggers resulting in well over 200 immediate press articles and blogs generated after the events.  


To see and experience the events, watch YouTube daily video highlights, read press releases, and view photo galleries, at the TechEd news pages for each of the events:


These events don’t happen on their own.  They are the culmination of a tremendous effort on the part of a dedicated and passionate team of individuals.  A special thank you to our SAP TechEd global project teams with outstanding leadership this year from Philippe Rosset and significant program efforts driven by Christina Miller, Karl Kessler, Chris Horak, Ian Kimbell, Linda Bortolus, Sonia Tellez, Noelle Fischer, Amanda Ciapas, Mark Haugstad, Craig Cmehil, Marilyn Pratt, Kurt Smith, Kim Kane, Randi Polanich, Jens Dreiss, Thomas Mocek, Michael Schuetz, and Samantha Hilton.  In addition, our roster of speakers included SAP experts from NetWeaver Solution Management, RIG teams, SAP Labs Bangalore, SAP Labs Shanghai, SAP Services Solution Managers, Suite Solution Management, and others.


In addition, each of the regional teams did an outstanding job of driving significant pieces of responsibility at each of the four events:

  • Las Vegas: Diane Davis, Keegan Rodriguez, Joe Venturella, Bill Buxton, Annie Yuzzi, Ellen Stangroom, Sandy Lorenz, Barry Barnett, Gary Wyatt, Ellen Malonoski, Andrea Babinec, Shannon Bryson, Amelia Ciccone, Emily Evans, Leigh Fessenden, Ron Giannone, Maureen Harrison, Rebecca Haugen, Mike Prosceno, Lindsey Held, Somil Hwang, Linda Jackson, Mike Kane, Jeff McCaw, Mike Ratliff, Brian Bernard, Doris Pfiffner, Jeff Rolette, Donald Maccormick, and many others.
  • Berlin: Torsten Wichmann, Matthias Sondermann, Joerg Holzbrecher, Luca Favetta, Clemens Koegel, Silke Meyer-Borges, David Astor, Diana Deale, Andreas Koch, Karin Jungbluth, Ellen Malonoski, John Stillwell, Guenter Willscheid, Stefan Schoenfeld, Rene Sohns, Joachim Hartmann, Brian Bernard, Doris Pfiffner, Fernando Sanchez-Mayoral, Moira Boyd, Martina Klug, Stephan Endrich, Christoph Leidtke, Hilmar Schepp, Esther Fuerstenau, and many others.
  • Shanghai: Brenda Hao, Yong Li, Jaclyn Chen, Tara Tang, Stephanie He, Cynthia Li, Danyang Lv, Rick Du, Evelyn Zhou, Maggie Fei, Echo Su, Robin Meyerhoff, and many others. In addition outstanding support from Labs Shanghai leadership team including Shang-Ling Jui, Yueting Zhou, and Thomas Zipperle.
  • Bangalore: Beena Walmsley, Adarsh P, Aarti Sharma, Nadeem Haque, Ganapathy Subramanian (GanSu), Venugopal N (Venu), Anand Jayakumar, Jagdish Ratnam, Prasada Rao, Ganapathy Subramanian, Shabana Khan, Kurt Smith. In addition, outstanding support from Labs Bangalore leadership team including Clas Neumann, Kush Desai, and Lopamudra Bhattacharya.


Thanks again to everyone for an outstanding effort.  Enjoy a well deserved break this week because planning for 2009 is already underway to bring more innovation and outstanding events to our TechEd attendees next year!


Best regards,


Chip Rodgers
Vice President and COO, SAP Community Network
Global Ecosystem and Partner Group

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