I had to get moving early this morning in order to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for an 8:00 AM session, Implement Section 302 of the SOX Act Using Risk Management 3.0 Survey Together with SAP BusinessObjects Process Control 3.0, but I was glad I did. Compliance surveys and self-assessments have been my bread and butter for years, so it was interesting for me to hear a case study in which these two solutions were used and complemented one another. However, I suspect that with the coming GRC 10.0 release, we may see the configuration procedures described in this session change dramatically with the coming move back to the ABAP platform.
Next up was the bloggers roundtable with SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann, who discussed IT at SAP and his challenges and goals in meeting the IT needs of SAP’s 50,000 employees. Unfortunately, I was having some difficulties logging in to SDN and had to spend some time getting that resolved, and I missed a lot of his comments. However, I was interested in hearing about their internal use of StreamWorks and the comments about the pros and cons of StreamWorks after using it for our Innovation Weekend project, and I also enjoyed his comments on the changing landscape in IT careers and SAP’s organization for service delivery.
Following the Town Hall I raced off to my second hands-on session, Compliant Identity Management with SAP NetWeaver ID Management and SAP BusinessObjects Access Control. I was already very familiar with these solutions and so was able to help my hands-on exercises partner, who was a bit overwhelmed, since the screen prints in the exercise hand-outs did not match the screens in the systems we were using for the session. Once again, the questions in my mind concerned how much of it is going to change with the GRC 10.0 release, which many of us are eager to see.
A luncheon for ASUG volunteers followed, and I was glad to have some time to visit with some of my volunteer colleagues, including Greg Myers, Tammy Powlas, Jamie Oswald, Butch McNally, Paul Kurchina, Rao Subbarao, and Srini Tanikella, as well as ASUG CEO Bridgette Chambers and ASUG volunteers director Gina Marchese.
After lunch and a brief stop in the Global Communications Center, it was time to head over to the Expert Networking area to lead an hour of security networking sessions. These open discussions are always a highlight of my week; it is a great way to make new connections and reconnect with people you met at previous TechEds. I was very glad to see some longtime colleagues from ASUG, Sage Wagner and Julie Ford. Our group discussion started out on the challenges of managing segregation of duties across the landscape, segued to central user administration challenges, role design and security rewrites, and much more.
After my networking session, I headed back to Global Communications where Richard Probst caught up with me, and we chatted a bit about the Best-Built Applications initiative and how I can get involved in that effort. I’m already looking forward to being part of it!
My last lecture session of the day was an ASUG education session, Measuring Daily Health of Your Business Using SAP BusinessObjects Mobile. My SAP Mentors colleagues Jamie Oswald and Greg Myers convinced me to join them at the session, despite having very little familiarity with BusinessObjects beyond the GRC solutions. The case study and lessons learned were actually very interesting and practical, and the presenter even touched on security issues, so I was glad that I attended.
Now it is time to freshen up for an evening of relaxation with some of my fellow SAP Mentors.