Today it was my honor to have been invited to present at a SAP Inside Track event for the first time, and my pleasure to participate in this enjoyable event in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

To start with, the event was meticulously planned, especially considering that the responsible SAP mentors did all of this in their private time. There were even parking recommendations, that helped me tremendously, not having been in Sheffield ever before, and parking being quite tricky in an university town focusing on public transportation and cycling.

Then the atmosphere was one of friendliness, easiness and competence. I can only speak for the sessions I joined, and there were two tracks, so two sessions in parallel all the time, but the content was excellent and each session potentially worth more than a day of formal training. Questions were encouraged and answered or debated to everyone’s benefit.

Finally the breadth of coverage of current SAP topics was amazing. In addition to some great specific topics, like Business One, Business Objects and Movelizer, it went coherently from non-technical topics and social hacking (the still frightening but good guys who break into your systems to show you the weaknesses but not exploit them) via SAPUI5, Fiori and Personas to Solution Manager and HANA housekeeping all the way through, what I would call, a quite relevant subset of the current and challenging SAP topics.

If you had been looking to prepare yourself and your organization for R/4 (the topic I presented and that my colleague Owen Pettiford has come-up with and has been blogging about), this event would have given you a very good starting point. Therefore, look out for the next SAP Inside Track event in your region. In my opinion, they are more than worth it, and they are even free!

I am definitely looking forward to the next SAP Inside Track event in the United Kingdom, either as a participant or a presenter again, and like to thank the SAP mentors for their commitment to share their vast experience and deep insights with the wider SAP community.

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  1. Tim Guest

    Frank – I am glad you enjoyed SITSheff and thanks again for speaking at the event. You mention:

    Then the atmosphere was one of friendliness, easiness and competence”


    That is really good to hear as it is what we are trying to create.

    We hope to see you again soon

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  2. Steve Rumsby

    I’m glad you enjoyed the event. I’ve always enjoyed the informality that allows each session to be more of a discussion than a presentation, so that we all learn together. I’m really sorry to have missed your session. It was a close call, but “ethical hacking” just won out. Perhaps if I could be “powered by HANA” I’d have been able to get to both 🙂

    Hope to see you again at the next one, if not sooner…

    Steve.

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  3. Graham Burgess

    As my first SIT event and having no knowledge or experience of what to expect I found that the whole day was well organised the presentations and sessions I attended (including Franks) were really informative and I was not daunted, but made to feel welcome and the 2 way structure of the sessions made the whole day a most enjoyable experience . I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the next event!

    Thank you to all involved in organising and presenting – A job well done!

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