Once upon a time, I implored Björn Goerke to devote his SAP TechEd LV 2016 keynote to Independence Day: Resurgence. Good news—he ignored me and did something 1.21 gigawatts better. (Gigawatts is not a measure of awesomeness? Fine. Well, it should be.) In homage to Back to the Future, here are the three things I’m going to remember most about TechEd LV 2016.
Back to the Best Keynoter
Please, allow me to be the one-millionth person to comment on how nerdy and awesome Bjoern Goerke is. His Monday night keynote was my favorite part of the conference. First of all, THERE WAS AN ACTUAL DELOREAN, and second, he was wearing a Doc Brown suit and goggles. Not to mention, he live-demo’d on stage (though he did mutter to himself about it a little). Amazing work by Denise Nepraunig and the rest of the team.
Back to the Basis
True story: At past TechEds, our Basis books have been kind of lonely. Y’all want HANA, y’all want Fiori, y’all want UI5…poor Basis just sits alone in its little corner thinking to itself about how what everyone could REALLY use is some classic performance optimization. Well, at TechEd 2016—for reasons I don’t actually know, though maybe someone else can shed some light on it—Basis books were selling like wildfire. What do you have to say to that, HANA?
I know it makes me really boring to say this (and it’s probably not the first time I have), but here’s the truth: TechEd all comes down to one thing, and that’s the people. From that perspective…there’s nothing better than this conference. Ever. Photographic evidence is displayed below, starring Carsten Boennen, Denise Nepraunig, Karin Tillotson, Matthias Steiner, Tobias Hofmann, and Richard Bremer. (Egregiously, Susan Keohan, Jocelyn Dart, Thorsten Franz, Christian Braukmüller, and Matt Fraser are, somehow, not pictured here. Unclear how that happened, but it will have to be rectified next year.)
And no, dear reader: Jeff Goldblum was not in attendance.
355 days until next year? Ugh. Maybe Björn will let me borrow the DeLorean.
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