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I attended the Aug. 10th SAP Inside Track Newtown Square, even though I’m a BusinessObjects newbie, and I had a very enlightening and fun time!

I became interested in Analytics while taking a graduate Management Information System class as part of my MBA studies.  Last summer, I was a virtual participant at SAP Inside Track Newtown Square, and I jumped at the chance to attend this year’s event in person.  I felt quite honored to receive the invitation from Rich Heilman, Senior Product Manager of SAP HANA, though I was a little nervous that I’d be in over my head!

Everyone I met that day was very welcoming, and excited to share his/her knowledge.  In the Keynote, I learned about the SAP Community Network, and signed up instantly on my iPad.  Chip Rodgers, VP/COO of SAP Community Network, mentioned that we had a Twitter hash tag for the event (#sapitnsq), and I was off tweeting the pearls of wisdom from the day’s presentations shortly thereafter.

The first breakout session I attended was on Mobile BI with SAP Business Objects.  I was especially interested in this topic because in my graduate class, I learned that portability is one of the future trends in Analytics, enabling decision makers on-the-go (exciting stuff!).  Presenter Sampath Chaparala, Senior Manager at Pfizer, spoke of how PCs are now no longer the only mechanism for delivering BI content, and mobile devices bring much flexibility to delivering relevant and actionable BI.  He spoke of designing for the end user, device, and form factor in mind, because you have either 10 or 4 inches of real estate.  “Your finger is your mouse!” Chaparala says.

Then I attended Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) using RM10.  Presenter William D. Newman of Newport Consulting Group, LLC, spoke of the methods and processes used by organizations to manage risks and seize opportunities through ERM.  I’m a PMP (certified project management professional), so his points definitely registered with me, such as identifying specific risk drivers and impacts that are meaningful to organizations, and taking a proactive path to ERM.

I also attended Process Visibility with SAP’s Peter McNulty, who talked about making smart decisions in real-time and reducing the time to react to data events (latency).  This topic also appealed to my PMP sensibilities! McNulty not only talked of business process optimization, but also gave us a graphical representation of the architecture behind the scenes!  It sounds a little scary, I know, but his presentation style made it understandable even to a BusinessObjects novice, such as myself.

The day wrapped with a discussion on Continuous Learning, presented by Bala Prabahar of BAPS Software Consulting Services.  Lots of good discussion came out of this topic, as everyone shared their own experiences with online learning versus traditional classroom learning.  I even learned the URL to the HANA sandbox (scn.sap.com/docs/doc-28191) so I might have to go and play in the sandbox! 


I got a lot out of the day’s event, made many new friends, and I look forward to attending next year’s event, and learning even more!

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  1. Marilyn Pratt

    Nice job Gia in getting this,  your first blog up and out.  Enjoyed meeting you and like the ease with which you engaged with people,  Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you here. Warm welcome and thanks for sharing your impressions of the event.

    Recordings of the sessions you attended can be found here: SAP Inside Track Event Newtown Square 2012

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  2. Tammy Powlas

    Great job Gia and I am sorry I couldn’t attend this event to see you again in person.

    I hope you keep on blogging – and hope to see you again soon

    Tammy

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