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#SAPTechED Las Vegas: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Wow, SAP TechED Las Vegas is now over, I am still tired, but I had a ton of fun. Why do I say “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance?”  Because I planned my agenda and tried to get the most out of everything.


First up, SAP InnoJam.  At InnoJam we received a quick rundown of Gateway, SAP River, Badgeville, BunchBall, SUP, HANA and more.  Several people came up to present their business cases.  Kudos to people like Derek Loranca who were able to participate in SAP InnoJam and the ASUG Pre-conference session.  Here is Derek at the InnoJam:


Derek Loranca, Photo Courtesy of SAP InnoJam and Flickr


On Monday, I was honored to assist SAP Mentor and SAP Press author Ingo Hilgefort with his hands-on session on BI 4.0 tools against SAP Landscapes.  It was a whirlwind day.

The next day, Tuesday, I started out by assisting Alex Peter and Ian McAlpine on their BusinessObjects BI 360 hands on session.  This session is available at both SAP TechED Bangalore and Madrid, so I encourage everyone who is interested to sign up.  Alex provided a demo of BusinessObjects Analysis, Edition for Application Design.  The Edition for Application Design provides a more modern version of the Web Application Designer meaning with HTLM5.   For those who missed this, please join ASUG on October 25th Sneak Peek: SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, Edition for OLAP and Application Design

Later on, I (along with others) also assisted Ingo Hilgefort with his BI 160 session three times!  The room was packed:


BI 160 was FULL three times! Photo courtesy of Derek Loranca

Some BI160 tidbits:

  • There is no context menu in BusinessObjects Explorer
  • Almost no questions were asked during the BusinessObjects Analysis for Office session – “It is dead simple” to quote Ingo
  • Coming after BI 4.0 is full support for the scaling factor (Web Intelligence)
  • Coming after BI 4.0 the semantic layer will have a connection to ERP
  • Web Intelligence is not an OLAP tool and it does not replace BEx Analyzer
  • Analysis Office and BEx Analyzer can co-exist

I also assisted EIM 263 with SAP’s Marc Bernard and Alex Peter.  Several people asked during BI 360 and BI 160 “how can I use Integrated Planning with Analysis Office?”  EIM 263 is the session for you.  First you build your planning model in BW 730 and then use Analysis Office 1.1 to plan.    Marc also reviews in-memory planning options.  This session is available at both SAP TechED Bangalore and Madrid, so I encourage everyone who is interested to sign up.  


On the show floor, Romana Oehring, SAP, showed me the new SAP Help Portal coming soon.  I was able to test and see the new SCN.  Many of the expert lounges were full – see Ingo Hilgefort’s expert lounge below:


Full Ingo Hilgefort Expert Networking Lounge session


I also participated in the SCN topic leader networking lounge and offered this piece of advice: contribute, and the points will come. 


Finally, thanks to SAP’s Ingo Hilgefort, Alex Peter, Marc Bernard, Christina Miller, Chip Rodgers, Mark Finnern, Aslan Noghre-Kar, Matthias Steiner, Dennis Howlett, and many others for a great TechED!

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  • Tammy,
    I agree completely, it was a great SAP TechEd, and prior planning is a must. I just hope that the folks attending in the upcoming TechEds take your advice. Even *with* detailed plans, there is so much going on that inevitably, something gets missed.
    I am also glad that your BI pre con and other BI sessions went so well. Congrats!


  • Hi Tammy,

    It was really nice reading your comments on TechEd. I will hopefully be attending the BI sessions you’ve mentioned in Madrid.

    All the best,


  • Hi Tammy, I wish I could bottle some of your energy – all for myself!
    You seem to be everywhere, but at SAPTechEd LV this year, I stuck with a few sessions and some ‘expert lounges’ – and of course, I really enjoyed meeting my fellow SAP peeps.