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Around the SAP world: my Thursday at TechEd

My first session today was an ASUG lecture presentation, Identity and Security Management at Duke University. I always enjoy hearing how customers are provisioning SAP solutions and the security challenges of their organization and IT landscape.

After that session, I stopped into the speaker ready room to prepare for facilitating the security Influence Council session.

Next up was the ASUG Security SIG Influence Council. This council has been meeting virtually since July, and this was our first face-to-face meeting. I was especially pleased that Gerlinde Zibulski from SAP AG was able to attend.  I gave an overview of the council’s history and charter, then we reviewed the progress that each of our working groups has made. Since Influence Councils are under non-disclosure agreement, I can just say that the council is making excellent progress on gathering requirements to deliver to SAP for changes we would like to see in several  SAP solutions.

After I grabbed a quick lunch, I headed over the ASUG Lounge in the Community Clubhouse for a Meet the Volunteers opportunity. I always enjoy helping ASUG members get familiar with the resources on and the services available to them as ASUG members.

Next up in my agenda was another lecture session. SAP BusinessObjects GRC Access Control 5.3 Risk Analysis and Remediation’s Rule Architect. Since I was already familiar with the RAR rule architect, I went to this session hoping to glean some news or tips, but it was all very familiar and strictly limited to the 5.3 release, where the next release GRC 10.0 is what has me really excited.

Then I attended a session called SAP Security Overview Presentation. This session was more along the lines of what I was looking for, with the presenter, Gerlinde Zibulski, sharing some exciting roadmap information including new authorization checks coming in Q4. I was especially interested to learn about a solution that is not available yet, a security monitoring/ logging solution. I will be looking forward to learning more about this solution even though it may be a while to availability.

After that session, I had a meeting with Jeremiah Stone to discuss sustainability initiatives, then I attended an SAP Mentor session on the coming chapters in the “Best-Built Applications” initiative, with Richard Probst and Joerg Nalik. Not familiar with SAP Guidelines for Best-Built Applications? Check it out at SAP Guidelines for Best-Built Applications, and keep your eye out for blogs and other news sources being planned for getting out the word.

Now it is time for me to get ready to join friends for dinner and go to a very special event, a backstage  Meet and Greet with tonight’s entertainers, Lifehouse!  My SAP Mentor colleague Abesh Bhattacharjee won the tickets, after accidently competing for them for the “wrong” TechEd location; since he was not going to be able to come to Las Vegas, he very kindly offered them to Karin Tillotson and me. Thank you again, Abesh! I have been listening to their CD Smoke and Mirrors, and I can’t wait!

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