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My action-packed first day at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas

My morning started out with a brief stop at the speaker ready room to check in, a bite of breakfast, then Vishal Sikka’s keynote.  For me the key takeaway in his message is that SAP is in the Era of And, overcoming the divides. SAP NetWeaver is *the* technology platform and the basis of their evolution. It’s strategic for their customers and for SAP, with NetWeaver 7.3 shipping later this quarter, to bring innovation without disruption. If it meets the expectations and fulfills the promises , I have to agree that it will be a big step forward. Who wouldn’t want faster installation of support packs, for example? Who wouldn’t want a solution that is both powerful and simple, structured and unstructured, with global standards and local design? It sounds very promising to me; the proof will be if it delivers on those promises. Fortunately, you don’t even have to wait for it to be shipped; you can download it from Service Marketplace already and start seeing for yourself.

Right after the keynote was my first hands-on session, The Journey From the Security Optimization Service to the Security Configuration Validation. This session walked us through the security section of the Early Watch Alert report, reviewing the Security Optimization Service results, and configuring a target system for Configuration Validation. I had seen some of this previously, but not all. The presenter jumped around the exercises a bit, but we were able to complete them, and getting hands on time on a Solution Manager system is good practice.

After grabbing a quick lunch, it was time to head over to the room for my presentation, Sustainable Compliance: Getting There from Here. I was glad to have a good turn-out and an engaged audience who asked good questions about next steps in compliance.

After my session, I spent some extra time chatting and answering questions, and afterwards, went down to the Global Communications Center in the show floor area. There I had the chance to say hello to some of my SAP Mentor colleagues and other SCN friends, including Jon Reed, Karin Tillotson, Dennis Howlett, Marilyn Pratt, and Stacy Fish.

My final session of the day was Why Sustainability is IT’s Next Big Thing, continuing on the theme of sustainability, presented by Timo Stelzer, VP of Green IT for SAP. A good bit of the session was “preaching to choir”, as it seemed that most in attendance were already in agreement with his proposition about IT as an examplar and enabler of sustainability in the organization, but I enjoyed seeing a demo of an on-demand solution for data center energy management, SAP’s Carbon Impact On Demand.

Then it was time to head over to the Expert Networking Lounge for the SCN video awards. Winning videos were played, awards were handed out, and the “ceremony” was capped with dancing to “Singing in the Rain.” It was a lot of fun; the only thing that would have made it better would be Jim Spath being with us. Thanks to Mark Finnern and Sylvia Santelli to making it such fun!

Now I am off to a networking reception, followed Demo Jam. Lots of fun yet ahead!

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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      Great recap, Gretchen, as you always do inform us so well.  I was so gratified to accept my SCNotty too- although I think many people are missing Jim this week.
      OTOH, kudos to Mark Finnern and Sylvia Santelli for not being afraid to bring 'glam' to the geekfest.