The canceled Friday morning sessions
When SAP TechEd Madrid was announced, it was to be held 8 till 11 November. OK, first it would be from 7 till 10, but that was corrected soon enough. I was pretty excited that finally the European edition would be four days instead of the usual three, probably due to the co-location of SAP TechEd with SAPPHIRE NOW, or so I assumed. So I quickly booked my flight to Madrid, to arrive on Sunday morning (hopefully just in time for the start of Innojam), and to leave on Friday evening on the first occasion to fly back after the Friday morning sessions.
Then some weeks (months?) ago SAP canceled that whole Friday morning of sessions. When I noticed, and complained about it (being an aspiring troublemaker), I was assured by Chip Rodgers that the sessions were still there and had only been rescheduled to the other days. His answer didn’t really help me:
- I still had 4 hours less to attend sessions (or have discussions or anything whatsoever) which meant less value add from the event.
- Had I known this when the event was announced, I would for sure have booked an earlier flight home (ok, I admit this is mainly my personal annoyance).
However this seemed to be the end of the discussion. The cancellation meant that I now had a whole day available to do some shopping, sight-seeing etcetera, which in itself is not a bad thing. Still, I would have preferred another 4 hours of solid sessions.
Community to the rescue!
The discussion of the lost rescheduled sessions popped up on a few other occasions and I noticed that I clearly wasn’t the only one that regretted this decision, but well, the problem is: what can you do but accept the decision to cancel the Friday? Not much, right?
Well, actually not right! A couple of days ago, when the “Who’s Coming” page of SAP TechEd became available, the Friday-discussion started all over again on Twitter and Christian Braukmüller, Martin English and I came up with the plan to use the Friday to have some more discussions about TechEd and SAP-related stuff. Martin also immediately offered to tell something about SAP on IaaS before his plane left in the afternoon. Chris Kernaghan also weighed in and wanted to join, so there was immediate support for the idea.
However let’s be clear about it: this will not be an SAP Inside Track, but just an informal gathering of people who love to discuss and share what they have heard and seen at SAP TechEd Madrid.
Raising attention online
So here you have the main reason for this blog: raising awareness among those going to Madrid. I also created a wiki-page which should get all of you signed up!
Now why would you want to sign up, when you are (of course) free to cancel at any time, and when you may not even know yet what you‘ll want to do on this Friday, assuming you‘ll still be in Madrid in the first place? Well, it gives us an indication of how many people are interested, and consequently if we should continue with the plan and make the necessary arrangements, or that we’d better buy some tourist guides and do the necessary shopping/sight-seeing. Personally I hope we will attract enough people to make this happen. Which leads to the next challenge:
The venue: crowd-sourcing to the rescue?
We need a (semi)-public space that we can use for our discussions/presentations. That is another reason for this blog post: I don’t know my way around Madrid at all, so I really hope someone will step up and guide us to a convenient place. Now, the following might be a bit too much for our purposes, but it gives you the idea:
End of blog, for now…
… But I do hope to be able to come back to the community and update the wiki page with all relevant info like the venue, the program, a timetable etc. For now I’ll just sit back and wait for all your enthusiastic responses and support. Thank you! 😉