Every year going to SAP TechEd (and this year it is && d-code) I think this year was the best yet. This year was no exception.
If you are going to Berlin, please read Win Big with the SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 Hands-On Workshop Challenge by Dianna DiSanto before reading the rest of this blog – it is a deal you cannot miss.
I landed in Las Vegas, checked in early (thank you Palazzo) and started walking. I made it to Caesar’s Palace for some great gelato. I also walked to the Fashion Mall. I don’t miss mall shopping that much and mostly shop online these days.
Because I am on a different time zone than Las Vegas, I fall asleep early, and wake up early. When I go to the Palazzo lobby, the Coffee Bean is roped off and looks closed. I ask the security guard “where can I get coffee” and the magically, the Coffee Bean is now open. I must say the service in Las Vegas is the best I’ve seen anywhere.
Before Las Vegas
I like the Mobile Documents feature with the SAP TechEd && d-code mobile application. During the conference, I completely forgot I put the presentations there but it is still a nice feature.
Registration was smooth because I have my bar code and get all the name tags. I’m reminded that if I lose it, I pay full registration
Conveniently, the wi-fi codes are on the back of the badge.
Next, setting up for the ASUG pre-conference sessions. I wrote about those here Day 0: SAP TechEd && d-code BI Preconference session
Figure 1: ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code Pre-Conferece – Photo by SAP Event Photographer
Hopefully there will be pre-conference sessions at ASUG Annual Conference 2015 May 5-7, 2015.
For me the highlight of the keynote was this:
I think it is worth seeing.
After the keynote, we start with the ASUG SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio Influence Council, lead by Joyce Butler and Jie Deng. We had a good discussion with attendees about the product. See the ASUG video here
Next the ASUG Analysis Influence Council, with a smaller group, lead by Joyce Butler and David Stocker.
I missed these ASUG Influence Council sessions – please see these ASUG Videos here:
BI Platform ASUG Influence Council:
ASUG SAP Lumira Influence Council:
The only 4 hour hands on session I was at was EA161 Predictive Analysis with BW and HANA to see how HANA, Predictive, InfiniteInsight all fit together.
Day 3 starts with a 2 hour EA265, SAP BI4.1 with BW on HANA. I highly recommend this session if you are going to Berlin as you experience Analysis Office, Design Studio and Lumira in 2 hours with expert Ingo Hilgefort. I also suggest having a game plan and review the exercises before you go in – you have a choice to either do the beginner or advanced exercises but you won’t have time for both. If you are advanced, try to sit with another advanced user.
I attended EA106 SAP Lumira End to End and InfoGraphics.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows an EA106 slide I hadn’t seen before, showing features of the Prepare room for SAP BusinessObjects Lumira.
Figure 3: Source: Martin Lang
Also Day 3 was the Geeks can Dance. Figure 3 shows Katarina Fischer singing. 99 balloons was a great hit, along with the great AC/DC Highway to …
Kudos to singers and musicians.
If you are going to Berlin you should check out Musicians going to #SAPtd Berlin join Geeks Can Dance aka SAP Jam Band
Lastly I want to thank the ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code speakers. I want to thank Melissa Berg-Baker and Kreszentia Kuhn for their great speaker support.