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SAP TechEd Las Vegas – Outside the Lines, Following Kindergarten Lessons

Similar to ESPN’s show, “Outside the Lines”, I will cover some things I saw this week and share my experiences.


I registered Sunday where there was no lines and everyone was wearing their favorite NFL jersey. 

Mobile App

While I installed this on both my iPhone and iPad it only really worked on my iPad.  When I went to look at sessions I only got this “Loading…” message.


In all fairness I had no time to report this to the team.  And what do you know when I just checked the apps on the iPhone there is a new version of the TechEd app to download, so maybe this fixes the problem I was having.  As a result I didn’t do all the “session check-ins” with the new mobile app.

In terms of completing evaluations of the sessions, it appears you can only do this using the mobile app; for the hands-on sessions I think it would have been better to have them online/desktop, similar to how SAP Education handles session evaluations.  I wonder what the return rate will be on session evaluations?


A big thumbs up for the snacks as it offered healthy options such as fruit and a nut mix (no salt).  This is good for those of us who have to watch what we eat.  Still I did not like the coffee, but that is typical of convention centers.  I should have gone to the SCN clubhouse for gourmet coffee but did not have time to make it to the show floor.   Instead, I spent a small fortune at the local coffee shops.  (See the coffee place featured in this TechEd video. )

The food at lunch was good too, offering a variety of vegetables, fish, and chicken.  Dessert also included a fruit cup if you wanted something healthy.


The wi-fi in the convention center worked, which was very nice; this is unlike other conferences where the wi-fi was spotty.  I still maintained my schedule on paper as there were times when my e-mail would not “send”. 

Meeting People

I met Andreas Giraud of DSAG and it was interesting to learn how they are set up and how they operate independently of SAP.  It is different from my experience with ASUG and now that we met, hopefully the dialogue continues.  This was one of the first times I met anyone from DSAG.

I also got to meet the great Jocelyn Dart who came from Australia.  It was good to see her honored Tuesday night as an SCN Moderator, which is not an easy job to have these days. 

Lines for Hands-on Sessions – “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”

First, take some lessons from All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum – “play fair” is one.  For the most part the lines for hands-on sessions went without incident – until yesterday an attendee caused a scene by trying to cut in line.  Fortunately the attendant at the door didn’t allow it but it was sad to see this person not play fair.


I’ve written about some of my sessions in the other blogs, but here it is in pictures/music:

I am still TechEd tired but I want to thank the SAP TechEd team including Chrissy Kuhn, Erica Morales, Christina Miller  Chip Rodgers  and Christine Godek

Also thanks to the SCN team for listening to me this week Audrey Stevenson Laure Cetin The specified item was not found.

I never made it to the show floor as I was attending sessions the whole time (the “Ed” part of TechEd) and yet it was still an amazing experience.

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      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Hi Tammy,

      Great personal recap, and honest feedback to the sapteched team I'd say.

      Cool video! What music is that? (Yeah, if it's not classical music, I really have no clue). Should be Imagine Dragons of course 🙂 .

      Cheers, Fred

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

      Hi Fred,

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      The music is "Party on the Dance Floor" by Hypo Twins (default music offered by Animoto)

      Next video I'll look at some classical music, but I am no expert in that area 🙂


      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki

      Tammy, thank you - as always - for reporting from ed sessions. On the opposite, I spent most of my time on the show floor, so we missed a chance to see each other 🙁 Till next time. -Vitaliy

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

      I think I saw you towards the Palazzo elevators once but it was too noisy for me to yell "Vitaliy" - I hope you had a great time - I know I did.  I am sorry I didn't get to at least say "hello"

      Author's profile photo Suman Chakravarthy K
      Suman Chakravarthy K

      Hi Tammy,

      So nice to see your Tech-Ed experiences. 🙂 I wish i would attend that. But unfortunately I am not able to make it up this time 🙁 At least I would like to feel myself presented there by reading Tech-Ed experiences blogs. I hope all SAP mobile Apps are likely to work on any Android Phones, right?



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

      Yes, they work on Androids - thank you for reading and commenting.

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin

      Hi Tammy,

      Nice recap. I had a good TechEd as well but felt my experience was limited because I didn't have time to talk with people like you, other than on my way to somewhere else. I know we'll catch up soon this week. Look forward to it. We all look up to you and want to hear how you are doing.



      Author's profile photo Chandra Shekhar Agarwal
      Chandra Shekhar Agarwal

      Hello Tammy,

      Very well presented,Tech-ed experience. I also wanted to attend that, but... 🙁 .. But reading such great blog i can feel like i was there in Tech-ed 🙂 . Thanks for sharing your experience with us. 🙂



      Author's profile photo Audrey Stevenson
      Audrey Stevenson

      I am at least glad we got to meet in the hallway, even if we wound up spending our five minutes together discussing heavy topics. They are important and need attention.

      Author's profile photo Vivek Singh Bhoj
      Vivek Singh Bhoj

      Hi Tammy,

      Great Blog
      Thanks for sharing your TechEd experience