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SAP TechEd and me


I got a chance to attend SAP TechEd Bangalore 2013. It was three days of knowledge overflow. We had a stall at TechEd and I was most of the time involved in the stall activities.

I will share the day by day experiences that I had during this amazing TechFest.

Day 1:

First Things First – Never trust the traffic conditions in Bangalore, planned to reach at 9 but reached the TechEd premises at 12 and missed the Keynote from Vishal Sikka. But thanks to TechEd Live I was able to attend it virtually later 😉 .

I got a chance to visit all the other stalls and SCN club house. Got the SCN badges 🙂 and got my photos clicked from the professional photographer.
The most important thing on this day was DemoJam. The wait for this event was killing me for the whole day. Got a sneak peek into the future from the DemoJam. Six amazing demos all back to back!!!

Couldn’t wait for the Keynote from Saurav Ganguly, as I could never have reached home on the same day if I had attended it.

Day 2:

This day I planned my travel and reached there before 9 🙂 .

I had a planned to visit a couple of sessions today but could attend just one of the Hands-on-session due to crowded stall 😀 .

Hands-On Session:  Predictive Analytics and SAP HANA.
This session was about using the advanced functionality AFL in SAP HANA. I learnt how to use the AFL Wrapper using SQL as well as the graphical ‘AFL model’. SAP provides some(I think 20) of the basic procedures with the SAP HANA AFL Library. One can either use these procedures or opt for a separate R Server approach, where R Server running on a separate Linux machine will be executing the functions as per requirements.

This was a really informative session.James Michael Amulu along with his great team conducted the session really well.

Apart from this, I also got a chance to visit demo pods and know more about current affairs in SAP. To name a few I got to visit the SAP Lumira, SAP HANA 101, SAP HANA Marketplace, SAP Certification, SAPUI5, Fiori and UX.

My deductions from the overall experience was that SAP HANA and new UI paradigms were dominating most of the TechEd. SAP is now reinventing their solutions with SAP HANA and SAP Fiori, the User Experience in business should be as good as personal experience.

Day 3:

I again had a plan to visit a couple of sessions on this but I was unable to attend even one of them. However, I got to interact with many people on this day. Ravindra Channe, an expert in HANA, also visited our stall and I could interact with him.

I also paid a quick visit to the other stalls and gathered knowledge as much as I could.

I had opted for certification on SAP HANA and this was the date I had been assigned for the certification exam. The exam was scheduled after the TechEd main event. It was delayed a bit but I was able to clear the certification which made my day 😀 .

Overall it was an overwhelming experience at TechEd and it left me exhausted over the weekend till Monday.

Waiting for SAP TechEd 2014 already.

A very Happy New Year to all and a big thanks for reading this blog.

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