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abap2xlsx went to Chicago Inside Track 2011



Finally I found some time in order to write this blog and tell you guys my adventure on the road to SAP Inside Track in Chicago. I said adventure, it was not a mistake, it was really a time battle to be on time for my presentation.


The journey

Let start from the beginning, I planned to depart from Milan Italy on early morning of 14th July in order to arrive in Chicago at 2 AM of the same day and have the possibility to take my rest before the event. But this is what I planned; unfortunately my journey was not so easy.


Thursdays 14thJuly

7:30 AM – I arrived to Milan Linate Airport and i did my fight check-in to Amsterdam

9:00 AM – Boarding was supposed to start

9:30 AM – We had to take off, but boarding was not yet started

9:35 AM – Boarding started

9:55 AM – Boarding completed and the captain said “Due bad weather conditions in Amsterdam Schiphol our departure slot is between 10:50 AM and 11:15 AM” – What? 1hr in a plane?


10:55 AM – Take off, the speaker said “we should arrive in Amsterdam at 12:20 PM” – Oh no my connection is at 12:20 PM

12:20 PM – I arrived in Amsterdam, a KLM assistant was outside the exit and she told me “you can board on your flight, he is still waiting” – Yeah I’m so lucky!!!! Run Forrest, run Forrest! – In 10 minute I arrived to the gate and a kindly KLM agent informed me that the flight departed without me… Ok no problem there were several flights going to USA, I could change my connection and arrive in Chicago on time. – this is what I was thinking

12:25 PM – I arrived to transfer desk T6 and a long queue on my way. – This does not sound good

6:00 PM – Finally I completed the queue and I was booked on an other plane, but the only option was to move from Amsterdam to Paris tomorrow morning at 6AM at took the connection to Chicago. All the flights from Amsterdam to Chicago were booked. No way, I had to wait a night in Amsterdam.

Friday 15thJuly

6:00 AM – Departure from Amsterdam to Paris as scheduled

10:30 AM – Departure from Paris to Chicago – Yeah! I can do it!

12:35 PM – Arrived at Chicago O’Hare, once passed the Security Board Control I sent immediately a message to Sergio Ferrari that immediately tweeted “Ivan is in Chicago! He is arriving…”

1:45 PM – I got the rental car and I started to drive to Molex offices. Usually it took 30 minutes, but traffic slow down my drive.

2:38 PM – Finally after 36 hours of travelling I arrived to SAP Inside Track Chicago on time to start my session at 3:00 PM.



The event

I was very excited, but at the same time I was really tired; I slept only 3 hours!

Fortunately at Molex there were wonderful SAP Mentors and gentle Community Members that helped me to setup the stage on time for the session and I had also time for a quick chat with them and to take some pictures.


I had the possibility to present my session in steaming using SAP Connect, thanks to Ginger Gatling, and I was so happy to see that several people in person and many on remote attended my session.

At the end of the session, and also of the SAP Inside Track, had the possibility to chat again with some other people and promise that I would be available for any other future event in the MidWest.



Unfortunately I cannot attend to SAP Inside Track since the beginning; however I was here on time to spend two rich hours with valuable SCN Community Members.

Thanks you all guys, wonderful event and great emotions.

I would recommend you to join to SAP Inside Tracks across the globe, these are a very special moment to get in touch with SCN peers and share your knowledge and experiences with them. Check the schedule on SDN wiki.

On the wave of this experience I would invite you to SAP Inside Track Milan on October 8, 2011 in the wonderful Italy. Many attendees already signed up and I will be there! 

Check Sergio Ferrari’s blog A fresh new format for SAP Inside Track Milan 2011 for a briefly introduction. 

You couldn’t attend abap2xlsx session at SAP Inside Track Chicago, do not worries presentation and SAPConnect stream are available.

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Wow, we really appreciated your being there in Chicago.  I really enjoyed your presentation and the online interaction. 

      I only wish I could come to Milan, but I am traveling out of town that day.

      I attend Inside Tracks to get practice presenting before the major events.

      Thank you for your enthusiasm and efforts.  I really enjoyed your presentation and thank you!

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author
      Thank you Tammy,

      you are so great mentor, I'm so happy to have meet you in person and I hope to see you soon at a future SAP event!

      warm regards,

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Great job! I enjoyed your session on TechedgeGroup podcast: funny and very interesting!!
      On screen you look like John Belushi.  😉
      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author
      Thank you Luca,

      I have to submit this demo to Hollywood Studios maybe I can quit my ABAPer career 🙂
      Or better I can arrange an ABAPer commedy!


      Author's profile photo Andrea Olivieri
      Andrea Olivieri
      Hello Ivan,
      congratulations for your great work.
      Enjoy this moment!

      A hug,

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author
      You're right Andrea, I enjoyed that moment!

      Thank you so much.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Ivan,

      It was great meeting you at Chicago SIT.  You are one of the few people I know who can come from an airport and immediately do a presentation - and do it well.  OK - you are the only person I know crazy enough to even try it.

      Amazing - I loved the presentation.  People at my work are asking me to repeat it here.  Hah!  Not me.  I'm directing them to the POD cast.

      I hope to use Abap2xlsx soon!  I'm working on a project that I may have the chance to use it.  We'll see.

      Thank you for coming - you helped make this SIT a success!


      PS This is something you will laugh about later.  It is a great story.

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author
      I made whatever I could to be there on time.
      I loved the event.
      Of course your support and happiness made this possible. Thank you a lot!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      LOL! You are right, who else can do that?
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      glad you made it there safely in the end but it sounds like a crazy journey!

      From the mentor call/review of the event today I take that your appearance was highly appreciated and valuable!

      Keep up the great work,


      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author
      Yes it was a great experience... I really proud that my session was appreciated, I will have more opportunities, I like to interact and do networking with people 🙂