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 🙂
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.