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The first ever SAP Inside Track at Bangalore was successfully held yesterday, 14th of August 2010.
                To be very frank, I had absolutely no idea what it was about when I was approached sometime in May, to help in hosting the event at SAP Labs Bangalore.
Slowly the idea started shaping up, with major efforts from three of the SAP mentors at Bangalore – Mrinal Wadhwa, Somnath Manna and Abesh Bhattacharjee.
The event was planned to be as informal as possible as it was mainly about SCN community members coming together and sharing their ideas and expertise around technology and SAP.
Accordingly, sessions were planned around topics which the mentors thought would be interesting for the attendees and about which they don’t get to hear about much from other sources.

So on the day, we got to a smooth start by first having the introductions (Craig Cmehil got people on “speed networking” which was a new and interesting idea for most of the attendees :-)). There were about 40 people in the room – so it took about half an hour for every one to get introduced to each other. Besides the people in the room, we had about 18 people attending it virtually via adobe connect.

Thereafter, we started with the sessions. The opening session by Craig on Open Innovation at SAP was well presented and inspiring. Thereafter, Vaibhav Valecha and Karthik SJ from SAP introduced the audience to Business Blueprinting. Then Somnath took the stage by giving an informative session on SAP SNC. Thereafter, Anne Kathrine joined Mrinal and Craig via adobe connect to join the discussion on the state of Enterprise UIs. Each of these sessions was very interactive and the audience was as entusiastic to participate as the speakers were to answer their queries.

At this juncture, we had the lunch break for which we had ordered Pizzas – which proved to be a good idea as people took slices in their hands and took the opportunity to talk with each other, instead of getting distracted by lunch!

When we started after lunch, a few of the people had to leave – which is understandable it being a Saturday. Nonetheless, we still had a good number to attend the sessions by Michael Koch, Jon Reed, Dennis Howlett and Leonardo De Araujo , who joined the session virtually.  The sessions led to the discussion on the usefullness/not of SAP certifications and the audience shared their experiences with the certification process and how it was good/not so good for them.

Thereafter, the event was concluded with some tea and cookies.

All in all, the participants seemed to agree that it was a Saturday well spent in the company of fellow professionals sharing their ideas.There were suggestions of having something similar more often and may be more casually.

The sessions were recorded and would be available soon. Until then, you can see the pictures from the event here:

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  1. Anonymous
    hi ,
    I wud like to extend my vote of thanks for this event. It has opened new vistas for me personally(certification at least was one area where being in SAP labs i never thot about).

    Regards
    Kavindra

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  2. Chip Rodgers
    Shweta, thanks for jumping in and helping plan this successful event.  Well done!  And thanks to all the speakers and contributors for making the event so valuable.  I did not attend on site, but I saw a lot of very positive comments on the Twitter hashtag so I felt like I could follow along.  Great job all!
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  3. Mark Finnern
    Hi Shweta,

    Thanks for organizing from the within SAP Labs Bangalore. I tuned in for a while via the SAP Connect session.

    A lot of the content was brought in remotely, and it worked as I have seen and heard.

    Local Bangalore event with worldwide guests made for a very interesting event.

    If only we could do something about the time zones, so that Jon Reed doesn’t have to be up at 4am his time for his session 😉

    Thanks also to all the remote presenters that stayed up or got up early.

    I am curious how the remote/local mixture of engagement will be in the next Inside Tracks.

    All the best, Mark.

    P.S. If you want to organize your own, we have a wiki page with Tips and Tricks for it: http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/x/ioVGC
    Bangalore organizers please add your experiences while your memory is still fresh. Thanks.

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  4. TP Shanif
    Had a great time hanging out with ppl.

    Both Local Bangalore guests as well as world wide guests made the sessions robust with information.

    I dont know how often we will have the Inside Track Blore session, but I am sure people wont be satisfied with once in a year..;)

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