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Reflections on SAP TechEd Bangalore 2012

If you attended SAP TechEd Bangalore in 2010, 2011 or/and 2012, I’m sure you didn’t miss the SAP TechEd Live studio. While the keynotes, Demo Jam and entertainment take the main stage, the SAP TechEd Live Studio certainly takes center stage at the event! 

Jason + Idit BLR in the SAP TE Live Studio.jpgWith three seasons under our belt, our annual pilgrimage to SAP TechEd Bangalore is fast becoming a tradition for the film crew and I and it’s always great seeing familiar faces again and meeting new people in and around the studio and SAP campus.

I was lucky enough to work at SAP TechEd Las Vegas this year so I got a chance to compare both. Not bad or good but more about the contrasts overall (and the menu, of course!)  What I’ll say is what the Bangalore venue lacks in style the attendees make up with their passion. As one visiting colleague (a speaker) told me, all the questions he feared in Madrid ended being asked in Bangalore!

SAP TE Live Studio Control Board.jpg

Another exciting first for me this year was to host not one but two interviews:

…you know what, I kind of liked being host 🙂

Speaking of which, we had over 40 broadcasted and recorded interviews this year from Bangalore touching on Big Data, HANA, Cloud, Mobile, Community, Innovation, Education, SAP (of course) and more.  Participants also included everyone from SAP employees to partners, customers, SAP mentors, students, geeks, suits and more.  I’ve listed them all on SAP TechEd Live 2012 Bangalore Interviews and encourage you to visit SAP TechEd Online to see a listing of all SAP TechEd videos available including the keynotes, Demo Jam, highlights, lectures and more.

Some notable highlights include the following:

BLR Auto Rickshaw.jpgLastly, this being my 5th time in Bangalore, I thing it’s about time I start compiling what I know about it: where to shop, eat, visit and how to get around.  Sadly, traffic seems to be getting worst by the day and it’s getting hard to remember the quiet green city I first visited 7 years ago but luckily more of my favorite shops and restaurants are opening up in Whitefield too (Zodic, Fabindia, MTR, Cafe Coffee Day and so on). Have a look at my Whitefield, Bangalore Visitors Guide and feel free to make any additions.

MTR Massala Dosa.jpgOh, and one more thing: DOSAS ARE AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! Where have they been my whole life???

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