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Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil

Engaging at #sapteched 2018!

So it’s that time of the year again, SAP TechEd season is upon us and this year we want to put a bigger focus on “engaging!”

The event is packed full of great content, this year the idea was to push a “journey” the path an attendee can take through the whole event to pick up skills, learn new skills and enhance existing skills!

In particular we are really excited about the “Explore SAP” journeys, with my personal favorite… well hmmm I can’t pick a favorite as I think they are all completely awesome!.

Not sure where things are going? Well the future of course is a huge topic and the EXP2 journey will be well worth a look! Want to enhance your own personal brand and bring more value to your company? Then our EXP1 journey would be a great starting point.

You could of course also be someone who is simply just not sure where to start? Maybe you are coming in via the lottery or scholarship and need a good starting point? Still time on both of those to get a free ticket 😉 btw.

So perhaps you need your starting point, well Tammy has some great tips for you and I’d like to share with you a slew of other activities that you can check out, engage in and use as a starting point to get yourself grounded in the event and pick your own journey.

For Las Vegas, you have 5 days of content ahead of you starting with pre-conference activities up to the last hands on sessions. That’s a lot of content and a lot of things to get your head around.

In addition to the content through the scheduling system there are numerous other opportunities as well such as the “App Space” located in the “Developer Garage” if you were recently at the SAP SAPPHIRE NOW event you might have seen the mini version of the garage.

Or if you were an attendee years previous you would have seen the larger version.

In either case the “App Space” is designed to give you, the attendee, the chance to walk up, sit down and try your hand at any number of different tutorials from our live “Tutorial Navigator.”

We have experts on hand and you will be able to try it out, continue even after you leave and start before you get there!

This year you can expect to see even more great stuff, we are working with more teams on being able to bring more tech to you. Should prove to be really exciting!

The following is a tentative list for the App Space, this could change of course…

  • Getting Started with the SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment
  • Customize CDS Views for S/4 HANA reporting
  • External Portal solution with advanced capabilities
  • Build your first Full-Stack App on the SAP Cloud Platform
  • Developer your first SAP Fiori for iOS App

We’ve also expanded the garage to include the brand new “Community Lounge“, designed with multiple things in mind but primarily to give a destination, a starting point for everyone at the event. Not to give too many spoilers but hey what fun is that? So here we go (subject to change on the layout)!

Now that is just a draft and not exactly what it will look like, although I sometimes think it would be fun to print out a huge copy of this and glue it to the floor but apparently that is not allowed or even considered funny by most…

So what do we have in the space? Well we invited SAP IT via Martin Lang to join us and they will be showing off some really cool stuff that SAP IT is working on and honestly it’s freaking awesome! We’ve also got some folks from SAP Security bringing something new to the event (both before and during!) more on that later.

From the community side we wanted to bring a few things to focus on engagement and networking. For SAP, our community is a two headed coin with one side being of course our virtual platform and the other being well, you! A major focus for me and the team is you, the people who make up our community. Now over time there have been a lot of things happening, changing and being adjusted that we decided we needed to make ourselves more present but not to tell someone something but rather to walk through it with them. We want to walk the journey together with you!

So this year you will be able to take a brand new “headshot” photo by a professional photographer and then immediately update your profile, enable your notifications and be sure that you are getting the most out of the areas you are interested in being involved with. We want to be there with you and understand the various different perspectives of who you are.

You can also head to the theatre and listen to your fellow community members give 30 minute sessions on things that interest them and you; like what you hear you can “follow” them in the virtual platform and stay up to date on more interesting things in the future as well. A list of those sessions will follow shortly as we work through finalising them!

We are also working to bring an artist to the space to capture all of the interesting activities, having a visual representation of what is happening and an outlet to express what you have seen, heard and learn while there is an exciting prospect.

On behalf of the team and myself we look forward to seeing you at SAP TechEd 2018 and hope you find a chance to stop by and say hello!



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      Author's profile photo Matt Pollicove
      Matt Pollicove

      It looks like it will be a great TechEd, and unfortunately the first one I will not attend in 8 years. Hope everyone has a great time and learns lots!!!



      Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil
      Craig Cmehil
      Blog Post Author

      Sorry to hear you will be missing out, be sure to follow online and throw any questions you have back here we'll see about getting answers for you.

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao


      Aww, sorry to hear you won't be joining TechEd this year, Matt! Hope to catch up with you in person again soon.

      Author's profile photo Matt Pollicove
      Matt Pollicove

      Me too, save me a badge! 🙂


      Author's profile photo Mike Doyle
      Mike Doyle

      Hi Craig, the plans sound great and I'm really looking forward to the event.  It's Vegas for me, this year.

      I think getting a pro photographer in for free headshots is a great idea.  Perhaps if you included updating the privacy settings too you could rejuvenate a few Former Members?  They would return to the fold with a beautiful profile pic.

      See you there!





      Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil
      Craig Cmehil
      Blog Post Author

      Great point and we will be sure to have that as well!

      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      oooohhhhh maannnnnn!!!! Every year SAP TechEd crops up and suddenly I realise it's almost September. And every year I think perhaps next year. Next year will be the year... And then next year arrives... and well.... repeat Oooohhhhhh maaannnnnn....


      Now you mention SAP Security and SAP IT showing cool stuff and I can only assume the couches are nice am comfy or it's replaced with a bar.


      Either way..... oooooh maannnnn wish I could go and can I just say perhaps next year?


      Any online community participation planned?





      Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil
      Craig Cmehil
      Blog Post Author

      There will be multiple aspects of SAP TechEd virtually broadcasted as every year beyond that I'm not sure it's on the agenda this year.

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Colleen, a bunch of us North American types are crossing the pond to Barcelona this year... THAT's what you should do! Come on, there's still time, you know you wanna.........

      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      October/early November is not a good time for me to be away from home. It's a major reason why I haven't made TechEd in past 3 years.

      Matt, you need to come to an event in Australia!!!


      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Graham Robinson tried to get me in as a speaker at Mastering SAP Tech a few years ago, but when I worked with the event organizers on topics, there was nothing I could speak to that they were interested in at the time, so it didn't quite work out. Of course, he then mentioned that if I told him what I'd like to talk about, he'd ensure it was on the agenda in a future year... 😉

      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      I was chatting with Robbo and some of the guys last week (a bit of a discussion that might come up on next Coffee Corner Radio) relating to developing your skills.


      One of Robbo's tips was pick a topic that you want to learn (and that the even organisers would love to see at TechEd) and you've got a few months to prepare your topic. Motivation in place, learn something in the process, and make it to an event.


      To avoid a tangent on this main topic here, same advice can apply to anyone who wants to go to TechEd next time. But hey, winning a ticket this year by learning something is also another awesome approach!


      Author's profile photo Jamie Langskov
      Jamie Langskov

      Shameless plug for two contests to win a free ticket to the SAP TechEd event of your choice...

      Author's profile photo Simone Milesi
      Simone Milesi

      Are you coming to Barcelona Matt?

      We have to meet!

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      I am indeed!