First stop was to hear Raimer Hoeliner, Program Delivery Manager, North America Program Management Office talking about melding agile methodologies with ASAP and an iterative solution design process. This was met with interest and many questions were raised about integration with complex landscapes.
Next stop was the keynote:
The Accelerating Pace of Change
Doug Merritt, Executive Vice President, Line of Business Solutions Sales, SA
Doug Merritt opened with a look at the volatile “new reality” which “drives an evolved perspective on how companies need to reduce costs and drive operating efficiencies”. This included a look at rising new technologies such as cloud-computing/ondemand, in-memory, and mobile. In his keynote address (video segment), Merritt discussed a vision of how companies’ IT landscapes can evolve without disruption to the business.
Colleague Scott Jones attracted a bit of attention with his augmented reality demonstration teaser conversing with customers and partners about Ecohub
And of course at the behest of another colleague Mark Finnern, sported my Mentor Rugby for a photo op with Doug Merritt.