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Introduction

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.

One-liner

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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.

Keynote

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.

Session tracks

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
  • Mobile
  • 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
    • Innojam Online (HANA)
    • Demojam
    • Inside Track
    • Train Race
    • Embracing Inclusion & Design Thinking
  • SAP Social Media
    • Twitter
    • 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.

Outro

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.

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  1. Nico Peeters
    Hi Tom,

    As always, great blog post.

    It is true, SAP TechEd at Madrid was really great fun learning. And afterwards we had a blast reliving and retelling that wonderful experience to our colleagues during our own mini SAP TechEd.

    Happy knowledge sharing !

    Nico

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Nico

      Thanks

      I’m happy to have been able to experience this adventure with you and I have witnessed how driven and enthousiastic you are.

      You also deserve credit for the mini SAP TechED idea because it was mainly something you came up with and put a lot of effort into by creating a keynote video which placed the icing on the cake so thanks for your valuable contribution.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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    2. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Nico

      Thanks

      I’m happy to have been able to experience this adventure with you and I have witnessed how driven and enthousiastic you are.

      You also deserve credit for the mini SAP TechED idea because it was mainly something you came up with and put a lot of effort into by creating a keynote video which placed the icing on the cake so thanks for your valuable contribution.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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  2. Mark Teichmann
    I always wonder about the vibrant and passioned SDN community members like you and many others. One can see easily how much fun is it to work in the SAP environment.

    I attended TechEd Bangalore last year with a colleague of mine and we also multiplied our experience in our team, but not in a formal way. So I really like it the way you did.

    Another thing that surprised me was the fact that it took some time for me to absorb all the new things I saw at TechEd. From last year on until today I regularly give some short talks to my colleagues about things I learned there (about every 2 months) stuffed with new insights that I got from SDN in the meantime.

    Regards,  Mark

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Mark

      Thanks for your comment. Yes work can be fun and being active on SCN can result into having fun 🙂

      I’m still writing up blogs on SAP TechED and it has already passed a month ago but I had and have so many thoughts and information to process that it takes time to put it all out there.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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    2. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Mark

      Thanks for your comment. Yes work can be fun and being active on SCN can result into having fun 🙂

      I’m still writing up blogs on SAP TechED and it has already passed a month ago but I had and have so many thoughts and information to process that it takes time to put it all out there.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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  3. Kumud Singh
    Hello Tom,
    I recently realized that few people do not attend all the events/sessions at tech-ed as they have to appear for the certification exam soon after it. I had the prvilege of attending design thinking (thanks to Marilyn)at tech-ed.After the event, I shared my experience.Many regretted for not attending all the events and then almost all of us went to attend SAP Inside Track.

    Regards,
    Kumud

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Kumud

      Thanks for your comment.

      I tried to attend as much as possible and the Embracing Inclusion & Design Thinking that was organized by Marilyn (and others) was one of the most rememberable and inspiring events at SAP TechED. One because I’m a big fan of Marilyn and I was pleased to finally meet in person (although I have only been active for one year it seems to be longer somehow).

      I was exhausted when I got back home and I probably overdid it slightly at SAP TechED because I didn’t see the hotel before midnight I think most days but it was totally worth it.

      I joined in for the Enterprise Geeks dinner which was also amazing, listening to stories of Marilyn, Mark and other SAP Mentors, picking up hot news from the Enterprise Geeks and sharing stories and knowledge with everyone. The food was also great, Thomas choose the restaurant I believe and it was a good choice for sure.

      There were so many wonderful moments I could probably write a blog about each and every one of them.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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  4. Michelle Crapo
    Magic – SapTeched is Magic, and we all should remind ourselves to write these blogs closer to Teched next year!

    I gave a 1/2 hour speech on part of a session.  It was on Gateway.  My  colleague / friend who went there, picked unit tests for his 1/2 hour.

    BR,

    Michelle

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Michelle

      Yeah the thing is time also though. At SAP TechED it’s busy busy and the week after I was exhausted basically. I still have a few blogs to write like the SCN Afterparty blog.

      Nice to see others also sharing their knowledge but I didn’t expect anything else from you really 🙂

      Kind regards

      Tom

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    2. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Michelle

      Yeah the thing is time also though. At SAP TechED it’s busy busy and the week after I was exhausted basically. I still have a few blogs to write like the SCN Afterparty blog.

      Nice to see others also sharing their knowledge but I didn’t expect anything else from you really 🙂

      Kind regards

      Tom

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