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Save an Acre of Forest at #ASUG09

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“It’s easy – just bring this card to us at booth #357. For every three cards received, we’ll protect an acre of forest via Conservation International” said the handout given me by a co-worker.  If you read this blog before 10:30 AM Wednesday May 13, 2009, stop by the Environment / Sustainability session at the ASUG Community Lounge #1.  I have  2 of the cards to give out; take one and pick up two more at the booth.  It’s a stupendous viral marketing idea, light years beyond the stuffed animals and other gimcrackery that I often end up with at conferences.


One Tuesday, meanwhile, I had a full day, starting with attempting to blog on SDN (blocked for hours, so I wrote on another site), watched the twitter stream about the keynote then tried to find my co-speakers for a rehearsal.  I did a split second visit to the global communication center, where I saw Craig Cmehil for a nanosecond, Maggie Fox for 2 seconds (introduced her to Gretchen) and a few seconds with Jon Reed in motion.

I had a good turnout for the Mobile Technologies community session, and greatly appreciate Louenas Hamdi answering the tough questions about SAP’s direction with partnerships, how to connect to devices across the web, and acronym untangling (“MAU” = “Mobile Assets for Utilities”).  We had ideas for future webcast content, and hopefully a few folks stopped by to see Louenas at the RedHat booth.  I didn’t see him there later in the day, but did pick up a cap.

My traditional business card collection

Before, during and after sessions, 

Several folks asked to get my slides.  Apparently either the download site was not working, the directions weren’t very good, or a combination of those.  Rather than share their names, here are there companies:

4 for slides (download issues)

Other cards collected:

Steven Jones – new Systems Management SIG chair (see picture below)

Storm Archer III – SAP NetWeaver Product Manager
Sarah E. White – Solution Engineer (Business Process Management)
Lorie A. Volpe – Business Transformation Consulting

Daryll Rouse – Siemens (plan to ask them to give a webcast on this topic – Solution Documentation Assistant – could help me in reporting on heavily used, or heavily under-used transactions).

DeWight Whitehorn ( the HA/DR session didn’t kick off, so again, another webcast idea).

Kristy Barnes – co-worker of an ex-ASUG volunteer, in the Baltimore area.

Bernd Herth

Evan Stoddard

Notes on the session:

Systems Management – Solution Documentation Assistant


Analysis project – Mar/Apr live demo (SAP standard BPR)

ST-PI 2008_I_*SP00
required for both Solution Manager and Satellite systems

Looking at auto-populate for future plug-in roll outs

New SolMgr Enterprise Edition book  by SAP Press

Z transactions – associated to business process
third party as well
look for high usage, driving unused / special processes / end of year

53 minutes – on local SolMgr machine
Potential for SQL analysis

“shows the way your system is running as opposed to the way you thought you run it”



BITI rules the speaker orientation.


Happy Californians 




Jon Reed


Gretchen Lindquist, Steven Jones, Kristen Dennis


Jason Schweitzer and Jeff Benensohn                                    


Tuesday night, guess who almost ran into me?


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