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SAP Inside Track London Event 2009 – Review

Last Saturday the 4th of April,  25 people came out for the second annual London SAP Inside Track Event.

Why would you come to an event like this? We that’s a good question because we had people from Norway, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Bavaria, US, India. and of course the UK. Some of those from the US and India happened to be in town for other reasons and they weren’t in town just for this event.

Let’s hear what they had to say:


Dennis Howlett has of course, like the blogging machine he is, has already posted several InsideTrack London: IBM presents sMash Inside Track London: Certification survey results InsideTrack – Oliver Kohl’s WordPress plug-in Why go to Inside Track? day. The video above is his and also features in the last link.

Somnath has also published a SAPInsideTrack London: My notes of the day so I won’t  rehash the sessions but if you are interested in organising a similar event in your location. Here are a few tips.

1. For an unconference you need three things. A venue, food and willing participants. There are a few other things like net access, wifi etc but without those main ingredients your event if not happening.

2. Don’t do it all yourself. Darren and I split the work I did venue and signup – he did catering and managing the bills. Ideally we would have broadcast the event but this really needs someone dedicated to the task. It was great that Dennis was there to capture the video that he did.

3. This is up to you but I have found that if there is a small charge people are more likely to come. Last year we had a lot more signup but then not show up because it was free. This year we charged a small fee and we got the same numbers. What this did help with was with estimating the catering as we over catered last year.

Finally, There are a few thanks in order. To Zoe Slattery from IBM for doing all the leg work internally to secure the venue for our event. To Dennis Howlett for covering the event so well and getting in our faces with his video camera and finally to everyone who turned up for the whole day or just a few hours. It was great to see my vision of Update from the PHPLondon User Group coming to fruition. The Project Zero team was very well recieved by the SAP guys and they also learned a lot about the world of SAP themselves.

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