Do you still need to find reasons to convince your boss to send you to SAP TechED. Did your colleagues go to SAP TechED? Did they also pay it forward? This blog takes a look at what me and my colleague did to pay it forward within the company we work for.
Me and my colleague were determined to come back from SAP TechED and pay it forward somehow to our colleagues as we feel we were representatives of our company. As such it made sense that we would absorb knowledge / information and then bring that back to our home base and spread it.
For me it doesn’t make sense to send one person to SAP TechED and do no knowledge sharing at all because then you just invest a decent amount of money into one person and that person benefits from it but the company benefits to a much lesser extent.
Of course I also try to spread my knowledge through SCN but not all my colleagues follow content on SCN. That’s also a pointer which I address. More information on that further down in this blog.
Organizing your own mini SAP TechED
The idea was to organize our own mini SAP TechED. We both came up with a number of sessions (three each) that we would present to a group of colleagues. Before we started with the sessions we did a key note, showing what SAP TechED and SAPPHIRENOW is about.
Me and my colleague Nico Peeters at SAP TechED/SAPPHIRENOW Madrid Celebration night
We both experienced SAP TechED Madrid as a cool adventure. I got to meet the most amazing persons, hear the most inspiring stories, get inspired, get recognized, collaborate, host, capture knowledge, share knowledge and I could go on and on but the key take-away is that SAP TechED is so much more than a presentation or talk on a given SAP topic and that’s what we wanted to bring across to our audience.
Like my colleague stated “You can see SAP TechED as Disneyland for SAP consultants” with which he means it’s great fun, it’s magical! and it goes way beyond sitting in a chair and listening to a speaker doing a session.
We also gave Deloitte credit for being the sponsor of the event and making killer cocktails on Celebration night.
We told some of our adventure stories like how we walked to the venue on the first day (Monday, one day before SAP TechED would start) and probably did about 6 or 7 kilometers on foot.
Nico created a video which showed a mixture of elements, emphasizing both work and pleasure. The video started with the SCNotty video of Martin Lang, it contains parts of the keynote(s), a part where me and Gali are rapping on stage for the SCNotty awards, video captures of celebration night and so on.
In the keynote presentation there were also slides explaining what SAP TechED and SAPPHIRENOW are about and information on the different types of sessions that one could attend.
The goal of our event was to share knowledge and equally important build a hype around SAP TechED to inspire our colleagues into writing a motivation mail to attend the next SAP TechED.
After the keynote the participants could then choose between two tracks with sessions of 30 minutes each time:
Track one (me):
- The new SAP (Beyond SAP)
- Virtualization & Cloud
- SAP HANA
Track two (Nico):
- SAP Netweaver Gateway
- Rapid Deployment Solutions
The new SAP (Beyond SAP)
I’m not going to discuss each session but I do want to give a rough impression of the content of the new SAP (Beyond SAP) session:
- SCN and SCN 2.0
- Finding information
- Idea Place
- Code Exchange
- What’s new
- Why become active
- How become active
- SCNotty awards
- Top Contributors
- Events from SAP
- Innojam Online (HANA)
- Inside Track
- Train Race
- Embracing Inclusion & Design Thinking
- SAP Social Media
- iPad apps (Flipboard, Pulse)
- RSS feeds
- SAP Mentors
- Who are they?
- Top SAP Influencers
- Recognized experts
- Meetings with top of SAP
- Having fun #suithugger
- Mentor Monday webinars
I have to admit it was very optimistic of me that I could explain all this in detail in 30 minutes. I think I did went on for another 10 minutes so I probably ranted about 40 minutes on the above topics but I had the feeling I could have done an hour and a half at least to get into all these topics.
I might not have been able to get out as much as I wanted to but if you look at the list I hope I was able to bring across a lot of useful information and hopefully I inspired some to step up and do something. At least now they have more information at hand what all these topics are about.
I think we succeeded in bringing across some of the magic of SAP TechED as most of my colleagues seemed to be enthusiastic about the sessions and the event as a whole. You don’t have to be a topic expert to bring across knowledge either.
It’s not about a deep dive into a certain topic (SAP HANA for example) because that’s just not possible in 30 minutes. It’s about bringing across what it is, to what extent they will be affected by it in the future, how SAP sees the future, their vision of all of this and in the end it’s about inspiring or channeling your colleagues to look into one or several of these topics themselves and find out more about it.
I hope some of you will pick up this idea and organize a similar event at your company to also share your knowledge and hopefully inspire some colleagues. That way your adventure can live on beyond the museum of you.