Wednesday turned out to be quite a productive day here at TechEd. It started bright and early with the session DMM106 ‘Introduction to SAP SQL Anywhere’. I had no clue SAP SQL Anywhere existed until I saw the TechEd agenda few weeks earlier, so this definitely goes with the “exploration” theme this year. Had an extra cup of coffee and was prepared to sneak out in the middle, but surprisingly Jose Ramos from SAP kept the lively session flow and made the information quite simple to understand even for non-experts like myself. Well done.
After that I was planning to hunt for free stuff on the show floor, but it turned out it did not open for another hour. Luckily, I hit the ‘On now’ button in the mobile app and realized that Steve Rumsby‘s session UX118 was starting in a few minutes. Even though we’ve already seen quite a few Personas demos at the ASUG meetings, I took this as a sign that I had to provide mentorly support for Steve. The session was surprisingly not crowded. Perhaps the title ‘SAP Screen Personas Version 2 to 3′ did a bit of disservice here – even my first thought was: “we have not implemented Personas yet, so why would I care about migration from 2 to 3”. But at the end I learned quite a bit about Personas in general. If the session was titled (more accurately) ‘Fantastic Mr. Rumsby talks about SAP Personas that you can get for free today’ then I bet people would line up in the hall for it.
SEC108 (‘How Pratt & Whitney Streamlined Their ABAP Security Code Review Process’) was one of the few ASUG customer sessions with ABAP in the title, so I had high hopes for it as well. However, when the first slide opened there was a prominent Virtual Forge logo on the screen. Ugh.. It’s not that it’s a bad solution (even SAP is using it), but there must be some kind of disclosure for this in the title or description. Totally filing this one under the false advertisement. 🙁
After that it’s finally the free stuff hunting and gathering time. Among the bounty of pens and sunglasses the Cutest Swag of the Day title goes to the rhino from the good folks at the EPI-USE booth:
Not sure why a toy rhino is wearing the ‘elephant group’ bandanna, but hey, I’ll take it. By the way, years ago an EPI-USE rep had a demo in our office and brought some stuffed animals for our team. I got a giraffe that later became my son’s favorite sleeping companion for years. I always try to bring souvenirs for my colleagues from the SAP events (after all, they are holding the fort while I’m away) and while some items frequently go unclaimed, no one has ever said “no, thanks” to a stuffed animal. Definitely something to consider for the marketing departments out there.
On the show floor I also run into Thorsten Franz himself and we have a lovely conversation about new features in ABAP 7.4 and how there should be more stuff for ABAPers at TechEd. In the process we got filmed, I think, so be on the lookout for our faces in the promotional SAP videos.
After that I rushed to the TEC125 session (‘How ABAP Push Channels Help with Orders and Deliveries at a Concrete Co.’) by Paul Hardy and was shocked to find many seats available. What is wrong with you, people?! What session could possibly be more important? SAP roadmap? It will change 10 times over before the quarter ends, c’mon… Anyway, it’s their loss because personally I found it thoroughly enjoyable. And short on top of that (Paul is clearly familiar with the Latvian saying about the songs 🙂 ).
The last session of the day BA109 (‘Performance Analytics for Order-to-Cash Processes in SAP S/4HANA’) I picked out of sheer curiosity. The content was way over my head, but I found it amazing that Peter McNulty was the only speaker ever in the history of SAP events to actually stop at the Disclaimer slide and say a few words about it. Got to respect such attention to detail!
The day ended with the networking reception where I got to have a free dinner network with some random attendees and hear the Fiori Jam band (that included some of our multi-talented Mentors). By the way, food at TechEd is abundant and really good. For example – this was our dessert today:
Actually I’m quite glad Paul Hardy is here in person, so I don’t have to write the food reviews for him this time. 😉
On this sweet note I leave you till tomorrow – the last TechEd day is coming up.
P.S. Still no sight of the poster with my picture. So far I found Tammy Powlas and Gareth Ryan posters, but could not take a picture because some people were hanging around them. Will look some more tomorrow.