When I attended SAP TechEd for the first time in 2010 it took place in Berlin. As a first-time-attendee (I still have the badge at my workplace) I was really well prepared having a full-packed agenda with several overlapping sessions – if cloning had been possible I would have done it. I enjoyed it very well and learnt a lot about SAP technologies and roadmaps. So I went back to reality and the glamour, the motivation, all the ideas I inhaled at Teched faded away (some people called it “The Teched Blues”…. but everytime someone asked me what SAP Teched was, I answered “The Woodstock for SAP developers”.
The second visit was 2012 in Madrid and the event got even bigger and more impressive (and the agenda was fully packed with more overlapping sessions than two years before). Attending SAP TechEd the second time is a different experience because you know what you can expect and in my case I was a bit “cooler” or “smoother”.
This year for the third time
This year I am pleased to attend SAP TechEd && d-code in Berlin as an SAP Mentor – my first time to attend having this role. I do not know what will expect me but I’m really looking forward to meet a lot of Mentor colleagues and will make use of the possbility talking to SAP product owners and managers. Sure this will be a great experience. Furthermore I plan to support Craig Cmehil holding the SAP InnoJam event – the first time for me joining this event and I can’t wait it to come.
My plan for Berlin this year
Beside all that Mentor’s activities I force to visit the following sessions and workshops:
SEC262 – Secure ABAP Development – One Bug is Enough to Put Your Application at Risk
In my point of view the security aspects are neglected in customer projects in different aspects (not knowing, not caring, no time, no budget and so on) but they are getting more important by exposing more and more (REST) services to the web. Exciting topic and in my opinion a must for every ABAP developer.
DEV262 – Evolution of the ABAP Programming Language
Last but not least try to visit this session if you are an ABAP developer. It’s really great to see that the ABAP programming language is evolving very fast nowadays. So get there, I’m sure there is a lot of in for us ABAPers.
DEV263 – Building ABAP Applications Using Code Pushdown to the Database
Code-Pushdown must be a large tag in a word-cloud. Many articles exist about this (maybe crutial for the future) today and I would like to attend this session in order to get a deeper insight and a different view. That’s one the greatest chances at SAP Teched: to break up your own “tunnel-view” (is this an English word?), to get different minds and opinions. Code-pushdown is a double-edged sword where it’s crutial to have different opinions and views. So I suggest to get there and get in touch with the experts.
DEV164 – Build SAP HANA Cloud Applications Which Integrate with On-Premise Systems
I do not know very much about the SAP HANA Cloud platform but I am sure that there is a lot of potential in the combination of on-demand and on-premise applications and data. So I assume that this session is a good entry point for getting an overview about those hybrid (here: a mixture of cloud and on-premise) scenarios.
TEC160 – SAP Technology Highlights – Putting Them All Together
This is probably the best point for getting a comprehensive overview over the SAP technologies and how they fit together – and all this within four hours. I am very curious about the content (the description is very promising) as I am looking for a comprehensive overview at the moment (especially on BW and BO) so I think this is a good starting point.
Some recommendations (not only for first-timers):
UXP105 – Big Data @ Web Dynpro ABAP/FPM – Analytical and Productivity Features
As hybrid applications getting more and more important by leveraging the SAP HANA functionality I will have a look at this session and hope to get some ideas and “special moves” 😉
SEC105 – SAP Runs SAP – How to Hack 95% of all SAP ABAP Systems and How to Protect
I really like the SAP Runs SAP initiative. Two years ago I attended a session about hacking the rfc gateway (the kernel function) and it was very impressive. So I am excited about this lecture.
DEV202 – Core Data Services – Next Generation Data Definition and Access on SAP HANA
Looking at my agenda I’ve got to clone myself to attend but if you are reading this I really recommend to get knowledge about Core Data Services. If you are using an AS ABAP 740 SP05 (or greater) you can already use them, even if SAP HANA is not being used. You will love defining powerful views with CDS 🙂
DEV165 – Code Better With ABAP In Eclipse
As ABAP in Eclipse (aka ABAP Development Tools) is getting more and more important for the new stuff like Core Data Services, ABAP managed database procedures (AMDP) and so on it really suggest trying to get a ticket to this workshop (not only for the reason that I am supporting Thomas Fiedler together with Uwe Fetzer and Gregor Wolf. This is a good possiblity to gain good knowledge about how to use the new ABAP development environment efficiently.
DEV265 – Building an End-to-End App from SAP HANA via ABAP to SAP Fiori
This workshop gives you a deep insight how to build ABAP applications leveraging the technology benefits provided by SAP HANA and SAPUI5. You get a really good opportunity to get in touch with Jasmin Gruschke, one of the teachers of the ABAP on HANA course on open.sap.com (by the way: IMPOV this course is a must for all ABAP developers) as well. So my recommendation is clear: attend the virtual class at https://open.sap.com/courses/a4h1 and this hands-on-session to ensure to be “forearmed” when you face this topics in the real world.
Advice for first-time-attendees
1. there are no silly questions – just ask them. You will find others sighing with relief that somebody else asked their question 😉
2. don’t be stressed – take your time to sit down, have a cup of coffee (maybe in the nearing of an Expert Networking Session you can listen – maybe)
3. if you are in the nearing of an Expert Networking Session – go there and find out if something’s in for you
4. a really good tip not even for first-timers by Raquel Pereira da Cunha : don’t lose the chance to meet in person the people that you follow online. Don’t be shy and approach them. It’s a fantastic experience and you may win new good friends
5. have a beer 😉
Looking forward to seeing you at Berlin 🙂