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Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek

Searching for Leonardo at SAP TechEd Barcelona

Sure we all know Leonardo da Vinci. He was a great thinker but also a doer – put thinking into doing on a lot of different areas.

So what about SAP Leonardo? This year at SAP TechEd Barcelona I thought to give myself a challenge – Find out who or what SAP Leonardo is.

Day 0 – the travel

First I needed to travel from Eindhoven (Netherlands) via Amsterdam to Barcelona.


Day 1 – the challenge

Design Thinking with Julia Dorbic, Smart Building with Joe Binkley and Cosmo the smart %%% warehouse robot with Jan Penninkhof.


Day 2 – finding out more

A deep dive into Machine Learning with Urko Sanchez Sanz.

Day 3 – finding out even more and conclusion

Blockchain – hype or reality with Former Member, talking to SAP via the CoPilot with Stefan Kirchfeld and once again Jan Penninkhof and me discussing mode 1 vs mode 2.


Mode 1 is your system of records. Mode 2 your system of innovation. Quite often people draw the conclusion that Mode 1 is boring, grey, old, … not innovative. I see it differently, there is also a lot of innovation in the Mode 1 world, look at SAP S/4HANA and BW/4HANA. Recent innovations in the transaction world.

I always use best and next practices as description. Mode 1 is about best practices and Mode 2 about next practices. SAP Leonardo helps you realizing these next practices in a best practice world.

Just like with Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. No need to put a picture up here. You all know how she looks like. With the Mona Lisa, Leonardo gave us a painting that has triggered many people for many years. Lots of different perspectives, opinions, … is she smiling or not?

He made people think!

And on the other hand he inspired others to create their own Mona Lisa:

Create your own Mona Lisa with SAP Leonardo. Get inspired by all new possibilities, take different perspectives on your daily reality and build your own next practices!


Happy painting 😉


Credits Mona Lisa’s (from left to right)



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      Author's profile photo dav san
      dav san

      A nice diving into the hot topics, thank you

      Author's profile photo Jeremy Good
      Jeremy Good

      Wow - impressive and informative videos!

      Reminds me of the TV show Survivorman "NO FOOD, NO SHELTER, NO FRESH WATER, NO TOOLS…NO CAMERA CREW. ONE MAN – ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS."  We know that only some of these are true at an SAP Event, but nonetheless, I appreciate the forethought and editing that went into the videos to make your experience come to life for the community.

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

      Don't know the Survivorman show 🙂 But might be a nice theme for 2018 - NO BUZZ, NO POWERPOINT, NO SLIDEWARE - JUST THE REAL SAP CLOUD PLATFORM CUSTOMER STORIES.

      How about that 😉

      Thanks for your kind words.