Right before leaving my hotel room and heading to the airport to fly back home to my sweet kids, I recorded an impromptu recap of my SAP TechEd 2012 Las Vegas experience. Try to ignore the post-TechEd cold sore. I clearly should have hired a make-up artist and a hairdresser, but I hope you’ll enjoy it nevertheless.
Marilyn’s written summary
The amazing Marilyn Pratt was so kind to summarize the main points – much more concisely than I was able to make them – for those who prefer reading to watching the video. (Thinking about it, the target group includes me, too. You get to determine your own speed, which is not easily possible with a video.) I copied her introduction and summary from the comment section into the blog post to make it easier to find. So, curtain up, clear the stage for Marilyn!
“One of the things I think about often on SCN is that we have multiple learning intelligences to accomodate. Some like to engage in Q&A in forums. Some consume blogs and read documents. Others enjoy podcasts and/or video blogs.
I took the liberty of summarizing some of what I consider your more salient points in the video. It helps me understand to “take notes”.
I’ll share them here and if I’ve misquoted or misunderstood any, please don’t hesitate to correct and revise.
Here we go:
- Connecting the dots: you can’t reinvent the world all the time, there needs to be solidity in execution.
- There is innovation but at a smaller level in granularity.
- Continued focus on enabling the developer community to work with SAP stuff.
- A shout out to @annehardy @ggread @schmerdy @ruinogueira
- Anne Hardy Gigi Read Juergen Schmerder Rui Nogueira (I’d add to the list Ingo Sauerzapf Karin Schattka Inga Bereza Hester Hilbrecht Julien Vayssiere (and forgive me for not knowing Rocky’s last name or forgetting anyone else of that marvelous group of Innojammer mentors)
- More and more offerings are being released for serious use. You can run HANA productively on Amazon Web Services for 99 cents an hour, humble but great start.
- Big thing is always to get the political will, then the legal department and then breakthroughs happen.
- SAP investing in User Experience – Demo of App designer that is template based and allows customer grade mobile experience. We also saw Visual Intelligence (exploring large amounts of data stored in HANA) like in BOBJ , there is an effort to make sense of data.
- In HANA area, SAP is ready to release their app services engine . In the future in order to build HANA based applications from scratch, you are no longer limited to SQL coding and script. In past you would have needed a full-blown app server to build your applications in a secondary server.
- Distinguished engineer program and HANA Academy. Looking to have those with HANA experience share that and have others benefit from that.
- Experience HANA website will be expanded to include HANA Academy website.
- A mention of the Role of Empathy in Design Thinking as a “non-tech” topic, causing people to think about the topic and why it is important to think of empathy in our work lives.Thorsten wrote a blog about the Business Value of Empathy and it got over 6000 hits in a mere few days. http://scn.sap.com/community/events/teched/blog/2012/10/14/business-value-of-empathy-handling-difficult-situations-turning-crises-into-wins
- Hoping for a repeat performance of Slim in Madrid (me too)”
Thank you so much, Marilyn!
Expect a separate blog on ABAP on HANA
The single biggest thing I forgot to mention in the recap is ABAP on HANA, because I’ve been working with SAP intensely on that topic for months so it wasn’t really new for me at TechEd – but it was an important TechEd topic and as SAP is unveiling their plans (and the non-disclosure agreements that have previously kept me from blogging lose their binding power as SAP makes the information publicly available), I shall blog about this separately! In the meantime, you might enjoy the SAP TechEd Live recording in which Graham Robinson interviews Thomas Jung and me on ABAP on HANA: http://www.sapvirtualevents.com/teched/sessiondetails.aspx?sId=3578
See you in Madrid!