I’ve attended a couple of TechEds in the past and always found them to be really, really useful.  Mainly, my focus has been on gaining specific technical knowledge, making the most of the workshops and really trying to get the most out of the various tracks.  I don’t expect that will be the same this year though, when I attend TechEd Amsterdam in a fortnight.

The changing nature of my job (I’m less hands-on technical these days and more focused on architecture, solutioning and pre-sales work) means that generally I can keep up with a lot of the technical evolution at a sufficient enough level through Twitter, SCN, LinkedIn, etc. and through the more normal channels of SAP Education and Help.  Of course, good old fashioned meddling with demo & test systems goes a long way too 🙂

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Looking at my slightly cosy TechEd agenda shows though just how much information is available at these events (and this is after I’ve moved stuff around, dropped the nice-to-haves and removed double bookings wherever possible!)

What is really interesting, is that a vast proportion of my planned/favoured sessions are networking type, where I hope there is a chance for two-way discussion and knowledge sharing.  You just can’t put a price on the content and value you can get out of the networking available at these sort of events.  My recent experience with the SITMAN day reinforced just how much you can get out of being in the same building as a collection of like-minded, SAP enthusiasts.

So, I expect I’ll try to spend most of my time at TechEd trying to catch up with people I speak to on Twitter or follow here on SCN (you have been warned 😉 ) – the wide, varied and highly detailed technical sessions and hands-on workshops are just a bonus. 🙂

p.s. Also, I mustn’t forget to mention the potential for a post TechEd tour of Amsterdam which should be another great networking opportunity too.

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  1. Tammy Powlas

    Don’t forget there is always Virtual TechEd too – I can’t remember the link but some sessions are covered virtually after TechEd so you may not need 6.4 times of yourself 🙂

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    1. Gareth Ryan Post author

      Oh yes – if a session has a little broadcast icon next to it, I’m hopeful I can catch up with it at a later date.

      Still LOTS to cram in though 🙂

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  2. Steve Rumsby

    Also don’t forget you’ll get the slides for all the sessions, including the hands-in sessions, on a memory stick. You can spend many a happy evening reading through those afterwards to get the bulk of the experience. If there are sessions on your list that are only of vague interest, skip them and sit around chatting instead – you’ll get more out of your time that way.

    I have a fair chunk of free time in my agenda that I’m planning to spend wandering around the networking sessions looking for interesting things to drop in on. Or just hanging out.

    The one thing I’d say about your agenda is that it is way too full. Your brain will explode before Thursday is over. Build in some “chill time”. Trust me – I’ve made that mistake.

    Steve.

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    1. Gareth Ryan Post author

      I’ll typically ignore about 70% of the stuff in my calendar, it’s just useful to have it their as a reference.

      I’m also planning on spending more time just wandering around this year – get so much more out of the whole week that way.

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  3. Robin van het Hof

    Nice blog, and from your calendar image I can see we have a lot of shared interests 🙂

    I especially like the tip from Mr. Rumsby to plan for some “chill networking time”!

    Since my intended schedule looks terrifyingly crammed as well, I too will tajke his advice and plan for some free time

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