So I’ve had confirmation that I’m off the SAP TechEd in Bangalore this year. In my 12 years of being involved with SAP this is my second TechEd, the first one being Las Vegas two years ago.
So, I started to look at the sessions I wanted to go to and this is where I noticed a big difference between what is offered in Phoenix / Vienna vs. Bangalore. The areas I’m involved in are Application Life-Cycle Management (Basis), User Productivity (Portal and Mobile) and Security and Identity Management. So I started to look at the sessions available. I thought straight away that there is not many. For example there is only one mobile session. I then looked at the sessions in Vienna and found that there is a lot more in Vienna.
Below are the number of individual (not repeated and not partner or SCN sessions) planned in each area in Vienna and Bangalore:
|Application Life-Cycle Management||63||37|
|Security and Identity Management||16||11|
As can be seen with the table above, there are almost half the number of individual sessions in Bangalore as there are in Vienna. So my question is a simple WHY? Is it because SAP employees do not want to travel to India? Is it because of cost?
I have e-mailed SAP TechEd in Bangalore to ask if any more sessions are going to be added – but haven’t had a reply.
In my mind every SAP TechEd should have the same sessions on offer, plus then whatever local partners / SCN members / groups such as ASUG want to offer. Currently SAP are penalising against SAP specialists in India by doing this. Bearing in mind the number of SCN members and SAP specialists in India I think this is really unfair.