First, next year SAP TechEd Las Vegas will be in October (one year from today):
SAP TechEd day 0 started for me with attending 2017 SAP HANA Academy Live! at SAP TechEd
This is the team that produces the many helpful YouTube tutorials.
You could follow along or watch the lectures; I chose the latter.
At lunch time, I watched the Data Hub announcement:
I had to leave the HANA Academy early, and had a chance to thank Chancellor Joe King for their helpful tutorials.
SAP TechEd Pre-Conference Strategy Session – The Next-Generation Data Warehouse: SAP BW4/HANA
SAP’s Glen Leslie hosted this event, sponsored by Accenture. It was full of excellent information, demos, information, and a free e-book. I haven’t digested all the information presented, but I want to thank Glen and Accenture for a great session.
I stepped out for the Speaker Reception, which is an opportunity to thank the speakers. The room was packed:
Next, was the SAP Mentor reception, where new SAP Mentors were welcomed and we celebrated 10 years of the SAP Mentor Program.
What’s a party without cupcakes and balloons?
Also Bjoern Goerke spoke at the reception.
I want to thank Audrey Stevenson for finding me and supplying me with the citizen/appreciation award ribbons. Audrey also helped me on Tuesday by having a Marilyn Pratt -like conversation with me just when I needed it.
On the way back to the hotel, I spot Jose Nunes picture, being recognized as a Developer hero:
The next day was the keynote, which I am sure is covered in other places.
I was able to assist the Analysis Office hands-on (exercises are easy to do, no one required much help). A change this year is no paper hand-outs for hands-on exercises, which seemed to work out pretty well.
Next I attended Ty Miller SAP Analytics Cloud influence session. Ty expertly guided the session but I had to leave early for a meeting.
The last session of the day for me on Tuesday was with Juergen Butsmann ANA207 “SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW/4HANA: What to Do Where?”
He had 80+ pages of packed content; a must-see if you are going to Barcelona.
Juergen was also the drummer that night for the SAP JAM Fiori Band
The next day I attended sessions on SAP Lumira, Analytics Hub, Analysis Office. I also assisted with Lumira Discovery hands-on and ANA262 Lumira Designer hands-on (kudos to SAP’s Jie Deng for creating great hands-on materials).
I also helped with some other hands-on sessions, and I hope to write up more on those in individual blogs. I want to thank the SAP team who allowed me to assist them on their hands-on: David Stocker Ian McAlpine Christina Obry Alexander Peter Gowda Timma Ramu Sukumar Natarajan Jacob Stark
It was great meeting Fred Verheul in person; Fred is someone I feel I have known for years through twitter and the community.
Until next year…in the mean time, I hope to see you at Reporting & Analytics 2017
Postscript: as I was writing this I heard about the incident earlier this morning at Mandalay Bay. I’m at a loss for words as that was the site of my first SAP TechEd in 2008. My thoughts are with the people in Las Vegas this morning.