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Last week Thorsten Franz (@thorstenster) wrote about why he attends SAP TechEd at every opportunity, after reading it I thought 2 things,

1. I am jealous as hell that my SAP Mentor brothers and sisters are out in Vegas and I am not there,

2. No-one has talked about how those of us left behind can take part in SAP Teched – so here we are.

In recent years, SAP has embraced the social aspects of conferences using YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, which I love, it shows how much SAP has changed and wants to engage with it’s customers – getting them to listen is still a challenge but they’ll have the conversation. I remember last year when I went to Las Vegas and was contacted by Gunther Schmatzalf through the social connections provided by the TechEd website, it was a productive meeting and completely facilitated by social media.

In addition to all the social connection stuff, SAP also stream a great many sessions online, so for those of us left at home we can watch the sessions on-line (Virtual SAPTeched) – it remains to be seen as to whether people will be able to ask questions in the same way they were for the Virtualisation week in April, but I will be hoping.

For me I will be taking part in TechEd as much as possible, being in the UK the time zones work in my favour as many of the sessions will be at the backend of my business day so I can usually watch them in peace. Also I will be keeping up with my friends at TechEd using twitter and e-mail, during the week ASUG produced a great list of the best people to follow on Twitter for TechEd Insights (ASUG News.) As usual there will be a lot of hashtags to follow on Twitter, this link will show you the major hashtags, and there will be some unofficial hashtags used between friends which can yield some very good information too

Like all things, you will get as much out of it as you put into it, the information and session information is out there it is up to you to make the effort to string it all together and get the information from it. So good luck and happy engaging :-).

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  1. Gregory Misiorek
    in terms of percentages:

    twitter 85
    youtube 10
    linkedin 4
    facebook 1

    any inaccuracies are due to rounding.

    gm

    PS if you follow please try to say something (positive if possible).

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    1. Chris Kernaghan Post author
      Gregory,

      I seem to have missed your point completely, what exactly are you referring to with regards to your Teched Social Tally and the percentages?.

      Thanks
      Chris

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      1. Gregory Misiorek
        Hi Chris,

        i was only showing a rank of tools that i have been using to track the teched. others who are interested in the teched may have a different breakdown. what is yours?

        gm

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  2. Marlo Simon
    Hello Chris,

    Those are my exact same feelings about ThechEd. I was there last year and being away its a hard thing.
    It’s always nice to remember that we can be present even from timezones away.
    My TweetDeck is busy as never, keeping close attention to @SAPMentors Search: #SAPTechED and Search: #innojamlv.

    Best Regards,
    Marlo Simon
    (GMT-3:00 – São Paulo, Brazil)

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  3. Christopher Solomon
    I will sulk with you too, as I miss this year’s TechEd (danged client go-live! haha). Thanks for putting this together….I was about to poke around and search everywhere for HOW to participate “from afar”. This is a BIG help! Now if I can just figure out how to emulate the trips to the craps tables between sessions, it will be almost like I am there again! haha
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    1. Martin English

      What SCN really needs during the Las Vegas TechEd is a virtual Piano Bar.

       

      You can get almost all the content streamed (or later off virtualteched or SCN), listen to the speeches (I had my application for HANA access in during Vishal’s announcement of it), follow people on Social Media etc, but nothing beats the face-time you get with passionate and committed people.

       

      Typical examples are bumping into Dennis Howlett on the Innojam Sunday in 2010, in the underground car park, where we had both gone for a smoke, or finding myself sitting next to James Governor at the eGeeks dinner in Madrid last year; both serendipitous, both amazing opportunities.

       

      So yes, I will be online at night, sleeping at my desk during the day, (my work day is roughly UTC 22:00 -> 8:00, while Vegas is roughly UTC 15:00 -> 1:00) and recording and saving what I can

       

      hth

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