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SAP TECHED 2010 In-Person Interviews in the area of Technology Innovation

Can’t make it to SAP TechEd this year? Are you wandering among all the virtual sessions and not sure where to start? 

If you want to know the news and trends in the technology innovation areas o and would prefer in-person conversations to slides, here’s a selection of interviews that might fit your needs. 

From TechED Bangalore:

The interview with Vishal Sikka who talks about the excitements around the launch of HANA, his thoughts about developers  in the different TechED locations. He talks about the technology leadership coming back in SAP. The speed of innovation in SAP in the past couple months from the announcement of HANA to the delivery and with customers & SAP using it, and his message to developers in India.

Want to know more about SAP’s on-demand Platform? You would want to check the interview with Benjamin Wesson (SAP’s VP of Solution Management, Technology Innovation Platform); joined by participants from innovation community day. They talked about their first hand experiences with Project River, the ease of use to integrate with Twitter API, SAP Business Object Explore. You could get insights from Benjamin about the differences between SAP’s Visual Composer & Project River.

From TechED Las Vegas:

In the interview with Vishal Sikka, he talks about the excitement among SAP developers, Innovation Weekend, Code Exchange, and how the ecosystem is so important to SAP.

If you want to know what’s happening around enterprise mobility after the merger between SAP and Sybase, you don’t want to miss the round table discussion with  Irfan Khan, (CTO of Sybase) and Thorsten Stephen (SAP’s head of mobile solution management). In the interview, Irfan gives a background and history about where Sybase is coming from and how they moved into the mobile arena. Thorsten talks about SAP’s goal to mobile customer’s enterprise applications (SAP or not) and Sybase Unwired platform fulfill this need of SAP. The trends and opportunities around mature markets and emerging markets, both reemphasize the needs around providing non-disruptive change to? Customers’ enterprise environments, while fulfilling customers’ needs where the new desktop is their mobile devices. They also discuss how the relationship has evolved between SAP and Sybase and what they would like it to be a year from now. In the interview of Kaj van de Loo (SVP of Technology Strategy group), he talks about how SAP innovates. He is leading the team that looks at customer’s needs and sees how SAP could deliver, and shares SAP’s thoughts with customers and community early enough to shape the strategy. In a highlight to his interview, he talks about Innovation Weekend, and the excitement around mobility, cloud, and in-memory, and how to deliver new capabilities to customers in a non-disruptive way. He talks about SAP’s focus on unlocking the value that sits in customers’ current systems, and “tearing down the walls.” And about Code Exchange: where customers and partners can exchange code in an open platform, which opens up to the mass group of smart developers outside SAP to provide most value for SAP community.

Heard about Project Gateway? Want to know what it’s all about? Project Gateway in a Nutshell might be the one you need: in this video, Michael Reh talked about the goal of Project Gateway, which is available today, and the roadmap of Project Gateway. 

If you want to get a quick overview about HANA, you check out the interview: Features and Business Benefits of SAP HANA. In this 20-minute video, Oliver Mainka and Mike Eacrett talk about the value that HANA could bring to SAP customers. In the panel discussion around innovation at SAP, Denis Browne (SVP of SAP Imagineering) and Kaj van de Loo had a great discussion with SAP Mentors John Appleby and Jon Reed around how innovation is happening and what are the latest topics that their teams are working in SAP.

Last but not the least; you have got to check out Innovation Weekend wrap-up. The Innovation Weekend event kicked off right before TechEd, where SAP invites developers to be part of a continuous 30-hour long project competition. SAP provides the latest SAP technology and SAP experts to the participants. At the same time, they work on a certain business cases using these technologies and their SAP application and technology knowledge. At the end of 30 hours, they showcase their results on stage. It created such an excitement that you will see more of these coming soon. You can get a glimpse of the event from the wrap up where Anne Hardy (VP of Technology Strategy, collaboration and co-innovation) interviews the participants along with Craig Cmehil, Marilynn Pratt).

For more informtion about SAP’s technology innovation, check the following: Enjoy!

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      Author's profile photo Krishnendu Laha
      Krishnendu Laha
      Very nice blog...everything about TechEd 2010 in a nutshell…

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      The link of "the interview with Benjamin Wesson" is not working! Please have a look.