Got your conference ears on? I do.
In a a week, we’ll be in Orlando for yet another gathering of the SAP tribe. As a veteran, what keeps me coming back for more? For new attendees, what should you look for? By now, if your email address is on nearly any ASUG, SAP, or partner list, you’ve seen a flood of content announcements. I can’t possibly hope to top those; I’ll just give my bug’s eye view.
Down at the bottom of the post, there should be links to prior events. I’ve blogged plenty at SAP conferences, and expect to keep doing so, gamification or not. This post will focus on mobile tracks, as that’s one of my volunteer hats, though I’ll be chatting about infrastructure, technology, change, bug fixes, the SCN network, and more in Florida.
Firstly, my agenda. I’m not sure what happened, but I could not find my grid for last year’s conference in the place I’ve been putting it for a few years – editgrid.com. Dennis Howlett tipped me off to that site years ago, and while it feels like it is beginning to atrophy, I’ll keep using it until they turn the lights off. I don’t rely on my corporate calendar, nor use something mainstream like Google for this kind of event. I feel like pulling in bits and pieces from various feeds manually gives me a sense of control that I would not otherwise have. Gretchen Lindquist taught me to color code spreadsheets – that aids me to focus on specific planes when needed.
Wow, that’s almost readable at this zoom level.
For the sessions marked “Mobile Technologies”, those were picked as ASUG presentations, and are still on the agenda. I’ll be moderating each of these to some extent, in fact all of the BITI Mobile Tech track except for one where I’ve got a Lounge session (Thursday at 3PM). Can you easily find and add these to your agenda? Mostly. Let’s start with the agenda / schedule builder.
(though that may not be your portal; I have too many pass keys). Sometimes I get this.
But if you connect, set your filter to “ASUG Conference Sessions, you can then (sort of) filter by a track related to an ASUG Special Interest Group. This method was easy years ago, then it became impossible, and now it’s, mainly improbable.
I’ve snipped a lot out of the image borders to get the main part clear and bright. Hope that makes sense. Hit search, and viola:
[x] In My Agenda
I suppose this may be easier for me, as I know many of the sessions I expect to find in the query results. If you’re unfamiliar with the SIG naming, and don’t have time or energy to search through the ASUG site, pick some that feel right and see what you get. I’d say you could try the sample agendas, but they are not for me and I don’t know what to expect. The last 2 digits of the session ID are (generally) the sequence through the conference schedule, with the first two being a room and/or track. Mine (ASUG BITI Mobile Technologies) are the 06## ones. So, why did I get others with the specific search I entered?
Here’s a slightly askew view of the agenda results, after I’d gone through and picked the ones I’m on the hook to moderate. Hmm, not all 06##, and not all in the same room. The reason why sessions “off the track” appear above is due to the lack of parent-child record relationship in the event database. We’ve tried to clean these up; as information professionals it’s frustrating when the deployed tools for conference management aren’t at the same expert level as the software we run, not at the level of administrative quality we bring to our day jobs.
I’m showing the above shots to reflect on the behind-the-scenes work of getting the presentation slides uploaded, reviewed, double-checked, and clear of road side hazards. It’s not a perfect system, but it works. If you can’t find any slides, let me know. I may not know where they are, but I can see where they should be.
Once you’ve got your agenda first pass saved (very important!), check for overlaps. The instructions are clear, once you see them…
Then you will find the asterisks you are looking for.
My advice, as usual: leave these on your agenda. Sometimes you need a plan B, or a recommendation for a colleague.
- Top 3 Activities for Developers at SAPPHIRENOW + ASUG Annual Conference Orlando – a totally SAP-centric post, but it’s worth balancing my stuff with the other stuff.
- Planning for a successful Annual Conference – 2013 – where I thought we’d be now, 4 months ago.
- Mobile Technologies sessions at Sapphire/ASUG 2013 – Are you in? – the end of the “Call for papers” road in 2012. Not too much to see here, but just in case you didn’t know how much time we spend on the content.
- ASUG 2012 Day Zero, Mobile pre-con: baked, shipped, committed. – this, and the next several, are my posts from last year’s conference, including a pre-conference day, which I am NOT moderating this year, but which you could still attend on Monday.
- Day 1 ASUG2012/SAPPHIRENOW and a cast of thousands
- Day Two ASUG 2012/Sapphire – From Mobile to Sustainable in under 12 hours
- Day Three: ASUG2012/Sapphire No more wire keynotes!
- It’s mostly mobile, with a dash of brick, a pinch of mortar
- ASUG 2012, Sapphire, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Mobile Mentor
Links to my peers’ stuff on this and other stuff (ASUG 2013/SapphireNow)
- The Anatomy of a Conference: Pulling it All Together Behind the Scenes
- Top 10 reasons I am looking forward to ASUG/ SAPPHIRE
- Don’t miss these “hidden gems” in the Agenda Builder for Orlando!
- The SAP Archiving and ILM Sessions at the 2013 ASUG/SAPPHIRENOW Annual Conference
- SAP Community Challenge (#SAPCC)
- 2013 BI Sessions at ASUG Annual Conference/SAPPHIRE NowEPM Sessions at ASUG Annual Conference and SapphireNOW 2013
- ASUG Session on Implementation Scenarios & Architectural Considerations for SAP MII Implementations
- Inspiring New SAP Mentors Spring 2013