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My #sapteched09 in Phoenix

Now the Teched is over and it is time to evaluate if it was worth the effort. Taking to a conference is always costly for the trip, but mostly in lost productivity.

What has been my key take away from the event.

  • I have meet 41 of the other SAP Mentors. They are all some really nice and passionate persons. I enjoyed learn and share ideas with them. I have just tweeted with them for the last couple of months; so it was nice to see them in real live.
  • For the Process Integration (PI) I was updated on what is coming in the new release of the tools. I have written my notes for the session on Wave. There are a lot of upcomming technical features that I have to learn how to use on Teched 2010. But the most important part is to use the Enterprise Service Repository and all the modeling tools. It looks fairly simple to use the tools, but it will get really interesting how they can be used most optimal.
  • The Expert networking sessions in the clubhouse was really interesting. There was always sessions you could attend in the clubhouse with some interesting topics. It was fun to present and be a part of discussions with other SAP users. I can recommend attending these.
  • I liked the private mentors sessions. It was interesting to hear some of SAPs ideas for future improvements in different areas. It sounds like SAP is moving a lot and is experimenting with lots of improvements on software and organization. And the best part is that meetings were secret.  
  • The networking aspect of the conference was also very interesting. I got to talk to many people working with all levels of PI experience and usage. I will follow up on some of the contacts to see if I can learn anything new.  
  • I had some interesting hands on session with Netweaver BPM and the rules system. I learned a lot about the new features and am looking forward to test the CE 7.2 self. There were massive improvements on the field, and ease of development is much easier. I really like the use of the graphical BPMN tool; it makes the modeling very easy. 
  • The RIA Hacker night and BPXSlam was also an interesting event. It was fun to try BPX practice.

For me it has been worth the trip, but it is difficult to estimate what the alternative would have created of value.

I wish all a nice trip home. I’m really looking forward to Teched in Vienna in two weeks. I hope Vienna will be just as interesting.

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