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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

SAP Inside Track New York City – Our “Broadway” Debut

This was the first year of SAP Inside Track New York City, lead by Derek Loranca Marilyn Pratt and Peter McNulty.  Marilyn Pratt worked hard to record every session which you can find here

This event was held yesterday at SAP Global Marketing in New York City.  It was in the Greenwich Village area of my favorite place, Manhattan.


This is the sign from inside the building.

The welcome sign to the event is shown below:


At first, we were concerned as it was 9:05 am and only 4-5 attendees showed up!  As the day progressed, more people attended and the room started to fill up.

First up, Peter McNulty kicked off the session with a SAP Technology overview.  Peter talked cloud, mobility, Gateway, Duet, Gravity and the whole SAP technology portfolio.

Next, Lori Williams , SAP Education, gave a SAP Certification update.  If I have time, I will write up my notes on this session.  I liked this slide, asking “who should be certified?”


Source: SAP

Nitin Rao and Gaurav Kanungo of Deloitte Consulting spoke of their experiences with SAP Hana Rapid Deployment Solutions and Exploration Views.


Gaurav Kanungo of Deloitte Consulting

We had a great lunch from Fresh Direct.  Kudos to Marilyn for arranging all the lunch, name tags, signs, and everything else!


Marilyn Pratt, recording the sessions.  To the left is ASUG New York Chapter volunteer Bhavin Shah.

After lunch, we were 10 minutes late starting the SAP Retail session with SAP’s Gerry Yeo.


Gerry explained that “Retail is detail” and gave several stories of SAP retail customers.

Coca Cola’s Thiru Swamy then spoke about optimizing DB2 performance.  He gave technical details on how it helped Coca Cola to move from an ECC Oracle database to DB2.  Familiar transactions such as SM50, SM66 ST03 were reviewed.

MAYANK MISRA of Pfizer then spoke about considerations for a Mobile BI strategy.


Here is his abstract:


Mayank made a great point of selling via mobile in different countries can be challenging.  While one country might favor iOS, another country may prefer Android.

Lastly, Peter McNulty rounded out the day with a session on Process Observer. 


Source: SAP

This is quite a slide from Peter and kudos to him for always managing to explain things in easy, understandable terms.  I encourage everyone to listen to Peter’s recording.  He is giving an ASUG preconference SAP TechEd session 10/14 on Process Observer, powered by SAP Hana. 

Here’s Peter, passionately talking about Process Observer:


We had drawings for SAP Press books:


Here is Naveen Ketha, lucky winner of Ginger Gatling ‘s latest book Enterprise Information Management


Brandon Arbiter of Fresh Direct won Ingo Hilgefort ‘s best seller Integrating BusinessObjects BI4 with SAP Netweaver

Special thanks to SAP Retail and SAP Press for sponsoring this event.

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      Author's profile photo Graham Robinson
      Graham Robinson

      Thanks for this review Tammy. And thanks to Marilyn for the recordings which I am listening to now.


      Graham Robbo

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      Former Member

      Excellent review!  I'm glad to see another inside track going on.  They are such a great way to get information.


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      Former Member

      I loved reading this blog - it highlights all the reasons why SAP Inside Tracks are important.  It gives a summary of the New York City version of SAP Inside track.  It shows me what I missed.  Plus there is a link to some recordings!  Who can miss free training like that?

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      Former Member


      Thanks for the summary. I listened to most of the day and was happy to hear about the topics presented from a Retailer's perspective. (I have a long affiliation with the industry.) Kudos to Marilyn and Derek - I remember when this was just a "thought" - you made it happen!

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      Yes, SAP Retail was very supportive of this event.  A shout out to Russ Hill for helping get us SAP Retail sponsorship and especially to Gerard Yeo ( @g_yeo ) Retail Industry Principal for putting together on very short notice an engaging presentation for an audience that included many non-retail people.

      Gerry's blog posts can be found under his personal blog: .