The TechEd season is upon us once again. It’s either the most wonderful time of the year to meet with colleagues and friends or the dreaded week of the annoying ‘I went to TechEd and all I got was this lousy t-shirt’ blogs taking over your SCN activity stream.
This year I will be at the happy end of the spectrum because TechEd in Las Vegas will be graced with my presence. Oh yes, I’m packing comfortable shoes, energy bars, pain relievers, vintage Mentor shirts and am going to Vegas, baby!
Of course, one does not simply arrive at an SAP event without building agenda in advance. My agenda building method has already been outlined in the SAPPHIRE blog. The same suggestions apply here. One (and maybe the only) good thing about the online agenda builder is that the SAP Mentor speakers are clearly labeled with a “mentor lemon”. I have yet to see a Mentor-lead session (on any subject) that was not good, so I’d consider this as a “quality seal”.
A quick look at the session list reveals that 2015 is the grim year to be an ABAPer at TechEd. SAP may try very hard to convince us that they are indeed not trying to kill ABAP. But, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I bring you Exhibit A showing that ABAP clearly is not a priority anymore in the TechEd sessions:
But lucky for us, Paul Hardy will be there to fill in the void. His session is TEC125 on Wednesday at 3.15 pm. I suggest arriving early because there is a big chance it will be standing room only. Also don’t forget to bring his book to get an autograph. If for some odd reason you don’t have his book (or your airline regulations don’t allow such heavy luggage), I’m sure SAP Press (or whatever they are called now) will have a shop there. You’ll thank me later.
Another notable international guest this year is Steve Rumsby. He runs a hands-on session on Personas (UX263) and, surprisingly, space is still available there. On Wednesday his session starts right after Paul’s, which is quite convenient (don’t worry about missing the first half hour of the networking reception).
Those interested in the SAP Most Renamed Product aka SAP XI/PI/PO/PRO should go to bed early on Wednesday to catch the 8 am session INT111 ‘SAP Best Practice Integration with SAP Process Orchestration and Others’ by Daniel Graversen. Or you could just wear sunglasses – we won’t judge. “What happens in Vegas”…
As you can see, my session choices below reflect the state of total confusion in ABAPer minds these days. Should we all become architects? Or integrators? Or UI designers? Well, I guess we’ll find out next week.
Almost forgot. This year there is a Mentor Scavenger Hunt, errr, Catch a mentor mission for TechEd participants. I’ve heard that Mentors can be lured in with potato chips and single-origin chocolate, but don’t quote me on this. Mentor list is available here – go get’em!
My agenda is below. (Of course it’s a decoy for the Mentor Hunters, hehe. 🙂 )
See you in Vegas!