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ASUG Fall Focus Orlando / SAP BusinessObjects Highlights

I attended the ASUG Fall Focus Roadmap to ROI Conference in Orlando this week.  Since it was co-located with the SAP BusinessObjects Conference, I was able to attend both conferences.


First up, was the ASUG Influencer Session, hosted by ASUG Headquarters.  It was great to meet Steve Lucas, SAP Senior Vice President, who personally took the time to introduce himself to each member in the room.


The next morning, during the keynote, I met Michael Doane, author of  The SAP Green Book. I explained to him that I purchased the book on the recommendation of Jon Reed of  We had a good discussion, and he might be attending SAP TechED to assist us in our ASUG Expert Networking Lounges.


I must hand it to new SAP Mentor Greg Myers, for knowing how to “work the crowd”. image

photo courtesy of Greg Myers

Learning from Jim Spath’s “Working the Crowd” session at SAP Inside Track, Greg passed these stickers out to those individuals who asked questions during his session.


I attended the Crystal ASUG Special Interest Group Community Lounge  meeting.  I was especially impressed with the SAP showing of Henry Kam,  Coy Yonce and Blair Wheadon.  Thank you, SAP!


At one of the Influencer summits, I learned if you want to learn how to navigate the SAP Service Marketplace you simply receive a demo at  Additionally, if you have ideas for BusinessObjects enhancements, SAP wants to hear from you at Ideas Place.


At the ASUG Volunteer Townhall, some volunteers were recorgnized for their service to ASUG.  I want to congratulation ASUG Volunteers Greg Myers, Brian Durning, Jamie Oswald, Dave Rathbun and Simon To for winning Volunteer Service Awards.

After this, we headed to an ASUG volunteer lunch – the Mexican food served in an Italian restaurant was great: 


photo courtesy of Jamie Oswald


I performed some usability testing while Simon To observed me.  It was interesting to test with the interaction with the observers.  Since we signed something that said we cannot discuss what we test, that it all I can say.


Next up, I attended the BusinessObjects Security & Administration Community Lounge meeting.  It was led by Greg Myers, and it was standing room only:

image photo courtesy of Jamie Oswald


I did some more usability testing, this time with fellow ASUG volunteer Greg Blair serving as observer.  It was interesting to note that while this time I was testing a different tool, Greg made similar observations that the observers did the day before.  Interesting!


All in all, it was great to see familiar faces, spending time with fellow SAP Mentors , ASUG Volunteers, and seeing our ASUG SAP Point of Contact Ingo Hilgefort.  



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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Can't wait until the veil of silence is lifted and you can tell ya what you helped make more usable.
      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Congratulations to you again for winning the ASUG service award - well done!!

      Author's profile photo Greg Myers
      Greg Myers
      Wow thanks for all of the great coverage! I just got home today and need to collect my thoughts a bit before I start blogging about my end of things.
      It was great to see everyone there. Can't beat that full Community Lounge! That was awesome.

      BTW, I will be bringing more of my exclusive stickers to TechEd LV. My final price from SBOUC will stand. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      It was a great time and you did a great job at this conference.  Congratulations again!