Don’t misunderstand me, SAP TechEd is a great event for SAP developers, but it is also an excellent opportunity for those of us in the SAP Community Network who are not developers. People who work on the functional side should not feel left out at TechEd, I assure you. There are so many activities packed into a few short days that I suspect, this year as in years past, I will have to make some very tough choices between sessions that I very much want to attend.
My plans for my time in Phoenix include a mix of lecture sessions on a range of security and identity-management topics, hands-on sessions that I hope to get registered for, ASUG member presentations, and ASUG Influence, to name just a few. The opportunity to meet with SAP solution management personnel can add special value to this event. One of the activities I am most excited about the Experts Networking Lounge, in the Clubhouse area. From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, there will be several concurrent sessions on a wide range of technologies and topics. Best practices, birds-of-a-feather sessions, Do’s and Don’ts, plus community and career-related sessions led by leaders such as Craig Cmehil and Jon Reed are among the planned sesssions. The Experts Networking Lounge is going to be the place to be, to meet with SAP Mentors and other experts in our community, and to exchange ideas with people whom you may know only though blogs and discussion forums. If you aren’t sure who the SAP Mentors are in your areas of expertise, you’d check out the SAP Mentors listing, then check the Experts Networking schedule on the TechEd web site right away so that you don’t miss out.
Don’t overlook the evening events either! The Demo Jam is great for the developers and those interested in cutting edge code, but the Process Design Slam promises to be just as exciting, definitely a not-to-be-missed event with Community Evangelist Marilyn Pratt heading it up. Plus you will be kicking yourself if you miss the first-ever SCNotties awards presentation. I am not sure what all Jim Spath has up his sleeve, but it is bound to be a memorable evening. Others have already written about the exciting keynotes and evening entertainment, so check out the other SAP TechEd blogs if you still need more convincing.