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The SAP TechEd Las Vegas 2012 edition of ‘On the way to…’ is brought to you by the letter ‘A’ and the number 2.  ‘A’ for Auntie Anne’s pretzels and ‘2’ for the number of pretzels I bought.  Food service on today’s domestic US travel seems to lean towards BYOD- Bring Your Own Dinner.  You may be thinking: ‘What? No coffee this time?’  (You’re probably not, but bear with me OK?)  No coffee generally makes me cranky, but I’m going to try and catch up on some sleep.  You see, TechEd is more like a marathon than a sprint.  Days packed with sessions and meetings.  And long nights catching up with friends I only see a handful of times per year in person.  Today, I will forgo my coffee in preparation of the days and nights to come.  

This year, I’m looking forward to another TechEd filled with geekiness and education. That’s the thing that makes me really enjoy TechEd- it seems that there’s a few thousand folks like me in the same place.  Not specifically SAP-centric folks, but folks who tend to enjoy what embracing technology really means.  While the conversation may turn to SAP-related tech, there’s always good techno-babble being spoken around; regardless of SAP or not!

Enough about that though, if you’re reading this and finalizing your TechEd (in person or virtual) agenda- you’re probably wondering what’s on my calendar.  Without further ado, here aresome of the sessions on my agenda:

Sunday/Monday

InnoJam. Coding marathon?  Innovation learning experience?  Design thinking seminar?  Yes to all three.  This year, I have signed on to assist the teams with any healthcare and BI knowledge I can offer.  I am really looking forward to meeting the competitors and seeing what they can dream up (and then build) in 36 hours!

Tuesday:

10:15a – 11:15a: AP111- ASUG Influence: SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 Platform and Solutions

I am co-presenting this session with the fabulous Christina Obry from SAP.  Come and find out what ASUG’s BI Platform Influence Council has been up to, as well as get some new insight into the BI Platform directly from Christina.  You will also have the chance to have your voice heard, as we’ll have an open Q&A session that will take your requests back to the council to be considered alongside the ongoing agenda.

3:15p – 4:15p: AP250: ASUG Influence Council- SAP BusinessObjects WebIntelligence

5:45p – 6:45p: CD110: REST- What’s it all about?

Wednesday:

2:00p – 3:00p: AP205: Deploying SAP BusinessObjects BI Solutions- Virtual, Physical and Cloud

SAP’s Ashish Mozaria gave a great ASUG webcast and session at SBOUC on virtualizing BI4 implementations.  On the webcast, Ashish mentioned that this TechEd session will be more detailed and wanted feedback on how/if customers are planning on deploying BI4 virtualized.  If you’re a BI4 admin or server geek, this is a session NOT to be missed!

Thursday:

8:00a – 9:00a: AP115: Visualizing Predictive Analytics on SAP HANA

Fellow SAP Mentor Vijay Vijaysankar will be presenting a session that introduces the concepts around combining HANA with Predictive Analytics and visualizing those results.

9:15a – 10:15a: AP111: Strategy and Path to SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 Solutions at Zaussner Foods

ASUG Volunteer Kathy Kenlin will walk you through how Zausner Foods planned and implemented BI4 with their small, 6 person IT staff.  I always say that I love me some customer stories!!

1:30p – 2:00p: EXP126: SAP BusinessObjects Product Influence

Join me in this ‘Expert Lounge’ session as we talk about the various ways you can influence the direction of SAP’s BI products. 

Friday:

9:15a – 10:15a: AP300: Best Practices for Securing SAP BusinessObjects BI Deployment

These are just a sample of some the BI content that is on my schedule at TechEd 2012.  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what session you think are ‘must attends’!

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