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Celebrating Twenty Years of #SAPTechEd!

Once upon a time – long before hashtags and Pokémon Go – members of the SAP community gathered in Orlando to attend the first ever SAP TechEd. The three-day conference, originally coined “SAP Technical Developers Conference”, included several open forums, training sessions, and the opportunity to explore SAP’s newest initiatives and technologies.

Fast-forward twenty years later and here we are about to celebrate two decades-worth of training, networking, and education!

So what was the SAP TechEd of yesteryear like? You tell us!

When you talk about SAP TechEd, what is your go-to story? A picture’s worth a thousand words, so why not share your favorite photo? Submit a memory here or below in the comments and we will feature it on our social channels and here on*


In recognition of the 20th anniversary of SAP TechEd, SAPinsider posed 20 questions to two keynote speakers: Björn Goerke, The Martian, Products & Innovation Technology, and Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board. This wide-ranging interview shows how far technology has come in two decades and how far it will go in the next two — and what role SAP will play in that transformation.

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      Author's profile photo Horst Keller
      Horst Keller

      I remember when TechEd was young. Me and ABAP had so much fun ...


      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      The first 3 sessions could fit into 2016 agenda easily. Half of ABAPers still doesn't have a clue about troubleshooting or performance analysis (just look at the questions posted on SCN). And I'm still curious why use ABAP Objects. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao

      Happy anniversary SAP TechEd!

      My TechEd history doesn't go back as far was Horst's - more like 2008 when BusinessObjects joined the SAP family. My earliest memory from SAP TechEd is hearing SAP is "sexy!" from a customer who's seen a lot of SAP GUIs in his time, and now seeing Xcelsius (dashboarding tool) for the first time. 😆

      13 TechEds later, and it's still the must-attend conference for me each year.


      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer

      The record for eternity: the 324 pages of Thomas Jung Hands-On session about "Update ABAP Skills" from 2011. Estimated duration 565 minutes = 9.4hrs !



      Author's profile photo Robert Eijpe
      Robert Eijpe

      Happy anniversary SAP TechEd! It is one of the best events in my life.

      This year will be my 19th and 20th SAP TechEd. I join my first teched in 1999 in Karlsruhe. My best Teched party was in Hamburg (2000) and first presentation on the Teched was in 2013.  Since then I have sessions and supports workshops. And since 2014 I'm a mentor.

      My list:

      20. Barcelona (2016)

      19. Las Vegas (2016)

      18. Barcelona (2015)

      17. Las Vegas (2015)

      16. Berlijn (2014),

      15. Amsterdam (2013),

      14. Madrid (2012),

      13. Madrid (2011),

      12. Las Vegas (2010),

      11. Wenen (2009),

      10. Berlijn (2008),

      9. München (2007),

      8. Amsterdam (2006),

      7. Wenen (2005),

      6. München (2004),

      5. Basel (2003),

      4. Bremen (2002),

      3. Wenen (2001),

      2. Hamburg (2000),

      1. Karlsruhe (1999)

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I have many fond memories of TechEd over the years: 2005, the year we all spent so much time trying to get around in Boston due to the "Big Dig" traffic tie-ups; 2006, the first year the I was a TechEd speaker and was hounded by hecklers during my presentation: 2007, when I got to ask Vishal when SAP was going to harmonize the authorization concept, at the Ask an Executive part of the keynote; 2009, the year we were in Phoenix and the Mentors were melting away in the heat in our brand new first ever Mentor rugby shirts; the recent years fun of being the rocker chick in the Mentors band and being a host for SAP TechEd Live interviews. Here are some favorite pics, dancing with Mark Finnern after the SCNotties in 2009, and the Jam Band of 2013:

      SAP TechEd 2009 dancing.jpgSAP Jam Band LV 2013 comp.jpg

      Author's profile photo Katarina Nonhebel-Schaefer
      Katarina Nonhebel-Schaefer

      SAP Partner Enablement 2010

      This Pic shows our wonderful Team at TechEd 2010. When I look at that signage, I really think it is funny how they separated Enable-ment 🙂 In the background the "SAP Ecohub" pod... People on Pic (I do try to recall..) Neil Cox, Roland Bueb, Petra Wood, ??, Myself (Kati Fischer), Axel Saleck, Kim Kane. In the front is Ellen Fetty and Chris Kim


      Author's profile photo Katarina Nonhebel-Schaefer
      Katarina Nonhebel-Schaefer

      TechEd 2005 in Vienna. My Team from SAP Integration & Certification Center (ICC)
      Jürgen Bierlein, Bernhard Weiss, Jürgen Becker, Christoph Claus and myself. (Much younger... 🙂 )


      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek

      Oh those SAP TechEd memories 😉 Found some 2005 pictures in my archive.
      Not my first SAP TechEd, that was back in 2002 or something (yes I'm a dinosaur :-0 )

      Check out the SAP TechEd gear - an official bag

      Coffee break at the SDN Clubhouse - those were the days

      Opening keynote by Shai Agassi - audience holding its breath

      Author's profile photo Tamas Szirtes
      Tamas Szirtes

      At least you guys remember the first one. I am not even sure 😉  Was it in 1999 or 2000 in Los Angeles? What I do remember is that I still love it.