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Community Magic: Real-World Sessions for Your Consideration at SAP TechEd Las Vegas

Every year, SAP provides an opportunity for 10 community members (non-SAP employees) who have made outstanding contributions within the SAP ecosystem to deliver a session at SAP TechEd. It’s been my high honor for a few years to collaborate with active SAP Mentor, SAP user extraordinaire, and Kansas Jayhawk fan Tammy Powlas in this process.  Community sessions will also be offered at SAP TechEd in Barcelona this year, with SAP Mentors Peter Langner and Katarina Fischer curating and Jason Cao writing the summary post on that.

This year a collection of SAP Mentors, Mentor alums, and/or everyday community heroes will be taking the stage in Las Vegas in September to present what they do with a broad array of SAP technologies. Each speaker has worked hard to make a difference with their topics and here on the SAP Community. Regardless of your interest with SAP, all sessions are worth your while to check out.

Herewith, we present to you the complete list of 2017 community sessions at SAP TechEd Las Vegas along with a little bit about each of the speakers who have made the magic happen. We hope you add them to your SAP TechEd Las Vegas agenda today and connect with the speakers here or while you are there!

Thanks for your engagement and see you there!




Michelle Crapo

Crazy SAP ABAP Programmer at Furst-Mcness Company, Community Enthusiast, Owned by Animals. SAP Mentor Alumnus



Personas or Not Really Personas: Old Version Trick to Create a Nice Layout

Michelle took the opportunity to overachieve and write not one but two not two — but three! blogs introducing her and her session, so this is a great tip that this is something you really want to check out. Head to her blogs to find out more:

Do not miss.

Eshwar Venkatadri

BI Solutions Specialist

Visual BI

SAP Analytics Cloud: An Independent Expert’s Guide

This one provides you another opportunity to get an inside look at the real world of using SAP. Check out the abstract itself, which promises that Eshwar cuts through all the hype around SAP Analytics Cloud and provides easy-to-understand guidelines to assess how it might enhance your analytics landscape and strategy, what data can be accessed and how, and technical considerations for deployment. A must-see if you’re working with analytics!


Richard Pulliam

Sr. Business Data Analyst


Beyond a Dashboard: Predictive Analytics for a Smarter Factory

Richard also took the time to drop a blog about his session:

If you’re interested in dashboards and predictive analytics, Richard will show you practical real-world applications and help you do more with them. Check this one out!

Erik Ebert

SAP SuccessFactors Solutions Director

GP Strategies

Happy Husband and father of FOUR!


Customizing SAP SuccessFactors Solutions with SAP Cloud Applications

Erik’s session talks about his work in the realm of one of SAP Cloud Platform’s key differentiators: extensibility. He blogs about what he’ll focus on his session — SAP CP’s promise of helping companies build cost-effective applications on a secure platform, without disrupting core business applications:

A must-see for anyone embarking on digital transformation work with SAP Cloud Platform.

John Patterson

Relentless sharer, passionate learner, pragmatic developer, tragic golfer. Specializes in integrating SAP people, process and technology. SAP Mentor.


Ten tips from Using the ABAP Programming Model for SAP Fiori on AnyDB

While preparing for this session, John dropped an interesting tweet:

In which: “Working on a quick demo of SAP OVP and Fiori Elements for my #SAPTechEd talk  – wrote no javascript just CDS + annotations #AnyDB” touched off a fairly epicTwitter thread.

He also talked a bit about what he’s up to in this blog.

Definitely check this one out!




Srinivas Tanikella

Dir, IT Solutions

SMART Modular Technologies Inc.

Enterprise Architect, Technology Thinker, SAP Mentor, ASUG volunteer.



Transitioning to SAP HANA? Best Practices for a Successful Journey

Active SAP Mentor Srini has a thing or two to say about transitioning to SAP HANA. Would you believe his company and their hosting partner were able to accomplish the migration to SAP HANA in just eight weeks? Come hear how this got done including challenges and planning tips, and what the results were in terms of efficiency and productivity. Go for it.

Jelle de Bruijn, Martin Jaspers

SAP Integration Consultants

Q for IT B.V.

Experience with SAP Cloud Platform Integration

Jelle is one of our newest bloggers on the SAP Community and we love that he’s taking the time to share his fresh look at SAP Cloud Platform Integration, SuccessFactors, and more. He’ll be joined by colleague Martin Jaspers for the session and he blogged about what to expect here:

Check them out!

Manuel Blechschmidt

FarmFacts GmbH

Incentergy GmbH

Hasso-Plattner Institut alum



Optimizing an SAP Fiori Application Based on a Real World Example

Did we mention we love community perspectives because they come from the real world?

Manuel’s session also delivers on that promise – and he wrote more about it and about himself:

Since it has something to do with farming, I have a feeling Michelle and Manuel should meet up while in Las Vegas, since she seems to live in a farm.

Paul Hardy

Senior ABAP Developer

Hanson Australia

Person who has sat in the Queen’s throne. SAP Mentor.


Real-World Example of Preparing ABAP Code for SAP S/4HANA

“Like it or not, if you want to stay with SAP, sooner or later you are going to have to make the jump to S/4 HANA.”

I think you just have to hear Paul tell this story himself:

Do not miss.

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      Jürgen L

      There is an interesting tag in your blog, can you explain the secret?

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      Moya Watson
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      Love it, Juergen! You're paying attention 🙂

      For that one, you have to go over and check Paul Hardy's blog...


      so i definitely blame him...  <insert banana emoji>