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.
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.
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: