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.

Non-SAP

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.

Day 1

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

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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.

Day 2

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

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.

The next session I wrote the notes here – EA202 SAP Lumira and Design Studio BW Integration Lumira BW Integration Update at SAP TechEd #SAPtd

I attended EA106 SAP Lumira End to End and InfoGraphics.

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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.

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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

Other

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It was great to see Steve Lucas get his SAP Mentor shirt from Mark Finnern

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.

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  1. Paul Aschmann

    Hi Tammy, thanks for sharing your experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the event as well. As I have mentioned in the past, even though the events are tiring with the long days and all the walking, I often come away refreshed, loaded with knowledge, ideas and excitement, and this year was no exception. All this, the content, sessions, people and Fiori coffee station will guarantee my attendance in the future 🙂

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  2. Gregory Misiorek

    Hi Tammy,

    Had I known that 99 Balloons and Highway were performed, I would’ve definitely stayed for the full third day. excellent recap and hoping to do the same in Berlin in 2015 (not sure if the locale has been confirmed yet).

    thx,

    greg

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    1. Tammy Powlas Post author

      Greg – it was great!  The way Katarina sang 99 balloons (in German, I believe) sounded like the real thing.  It was a great show.

      Gretchen also sang a Journey song – fantastic show by everyone.

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  3. Benedict Venmani Felix

    I was in sessions EA161- Using Predictive Analysis and EA106 – Lumira Infographics and I regret not coming and saying a ‘hello’ to you 🙁 , and to some other moderators that I was looking forward to meet.

    I know moderators don’t bite 😆 , but everyone seemed to be in some serious discussion all the time and I was sure they would bite if I interrupted them 🙂

    Benedict

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    1. Tammy Powlas Post author

      I hope you enjoyed it, Benedict

      There were so many exercises in EA161 – but they were very good too

      Thank you for reading and commenting

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