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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Analyzing SAP TechEd Las Vegas Sessions

I was motivated by this tweet from Fred Verheul

Also, Gretchen Lindquist mentioned she was having trouble downloading the TechEd sessions to Excel (this has been fixed now).

That gave me the idea to analyze the TechEd sessions.


You can go to and download all sessions yourself in case you want to try this with Lumira (


After opening in Excel you have to re-save it as a .XLSX file.

Now open up Lumira, and you can start analyzing the data


You can see from the above that since TechEd is an SAP conference, it is composed of mostly SAP sessions.  Fortunately ASUG has over 10% customer sessions with some ASUG Influence sessions.


The above shows a filter of the ASUG Influence sessions including Gretchen as a speaker, along with Ina Felsheim and Mani Srinivasan.

My experience with ASUG Influence sessions has been very positive, as it is a productive way to give feedback directly to SAP.


The above pie chart in Lumira shows the ASUG Influence sessions are mostly about Enterprise Analytics.


When analyzing the sessions by track, I found the area chart to be hard to read.  What is telling me?


The tree map easily shows that the Real-time Data Platform track has the most sessions, followed by IT Management, and then Enterprise Analytics with 102 sessions.


The tag cloud proves this of course.

I decided to publish the TechEd data set to BusinessObjects Explorer:


You can see there are 26 2-hour hands-on workshops in Enterprise Analytics, 14 Roadmap sessions, and 58 lecture sessions.

What is nice about BusinessObjects Explorer is that this information is nicely available on SAP BusinessObjects Mobile

Old BusinessObjects Explorer Mobile still works:


New BusinessObjects Mobile:


Have you made your TechEd plans yet?

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SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 goes to Africa

Get Your Data Geek Badges Today!  by Anitay Yuen

ASUG will have a TechEd hands-on pre-conference session featuring all the products listed above, including Lumira, and more on Monday, October 21st:

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      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Hi Tammy,

      I'm glad you took up that challenge yourself, I couldn't have done it. I'm still interested in the level-breakdown of the Vegas sessions though. Any chance of an addendum? 🙂

      I must say, this Lumira tool is really useful. Dangerous move by SAP to provide it for free for everyone. I'm now waiting for the SAP employee who's going to show some demographics from their own HR-system 😏 .

      Thanks for sharing!

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Oh, you mean beginner/advanced/intermediate?  I think that will be another blog, as I wanted to do a deeper dive on product.

      Thank you for the idea!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      HI Tammy.

      This is excellent.  I've been meaning to analyse our AFSUG events and been trying to figure out the best approach - and you've just answered it!



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Umesh - as Fred Verheul commented, I still have more work to analyze 🙂

      Author's profile photo Ina Felsheim
      Ina Felsheim

      Thanks for the Influence Council plug, Tammy. These are open, lively sessions with great conversations between customers using the products and the SAP team. Always informative.