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Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo

It’s ALMOST here – SAP Teched…

SAPTeched…  A place to relax and bring your own geeky, fun, serious, outgoing, shy, happy, learning self to.  So cool.

So if you haven’t take a moment to read various blogs about why to attend teched.  There is an  awesome one for us ABAP Developers.  It’s worth taking a look at.  Networking, learning new skills, and being able to ask those  burning questions that you have are all of part of Teched and more.

I got to thinking about Teched, and I thought – I’ve been there a few times I wonder if I still have the badges?  So I tried to dig out all my old badges.  I could only find about half of them.  Maybe even less than half.

I was really good at persuading my boss to allow me to go. Once he/she started looking at me funny, I resorted to resorted to speaking.  Why?  I got a “Free” pass to teched.  It doesn’t sound as great as it is.  So remember that when your being tough to speakers.  The free pass is to all the lectures.  All other costs are their or their company’s own.  So is it worth it as the speaker?  Well, YES!  I met more people that way.  Plus it was a pretty good discussion point with my bosses.  So if you ever get a chance, yes do it.  While you are at those sessions, be kind.  Almost all of those people are there because they love sharing information.

So I have many different bottles from Teched.  Because I use them so much I dug up two of them.  From the first time to now – Teched is much more green.  No paper glasses and pre-washed bottles.  That is a change and a good one.  One that I miss is my first teched was that the day before it was SDN day.  Many different volunteers (who didn’t get a thing) spoke during the day.  It was small.  I seem to remember around 20 people in the different sessions.  But it was fun.  And on to Teched now…   Well lets just say it is slightly larger.  The only time I went where it was in Las Vegas was when it was in Phoenix in 2009.  It was nice, but the walk was longer, and less things going on.

I was also able to dig up the thumb drives / flash drives or just plain stick.  I know I have more than these.  I also remember getting a backpack once, but it was in 2011, when not many people wanted to fly.  My Son has stolen that and uses it for his college computer bag.  (So not pictured)

These newer TechEds seem to have more and more sessions.  Very cool but it makes picking what sessions to go to so very hard.  I end up with a pretty spreadsheet – with the session that are offered more than once being highlighted in yellow, red are must go to and…  Well you get it.

So really what is the purpose of this post.  To get people thinking of Teched and getting excited about it!  I know I am.  It’s to the countdown phase now.

I am so very lucky to get to go to Teched this year!  I hope you are too.  So many things to do and so little time.   If you see me sitting, walking, running or eating around somewhere – feel free to come on over and introduce yourself.   I’d love to meet you!

After all that – what are my expectations?

  • Learning about the many, MANY, different benefits our new HANA has.  And more important how to use them
  • Going to different sessions where there are a “use case” on something that is interesting.
  • Asking some of my burning questions.  Perhaps getting answers from some of them.
  • Meeting people.  Trying to  and talk with people more.  I’m basically a shy person by nature.
  • Having fun!

If you are going to Teched – take a look at Audrey Stevenson comment.  We get Badges and added to a list for people going to Teched.   Pretty cool.

Sooooooooo: What do you remember of the Techeds in the past?  What are you looking forward to for this one?


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      Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil
      Craig Cmehil

      See you there!

      Author's profile photo Bärbel Winkler
      Bärbel Winkler

      Thanks for your TechEd memories, Michelle!

      I only have a vague memory of my first and so far only TechED attendance back in 2010 when it was hosted in Berlin. I had been put on paid leave by my former employer after my position had become "redundant" and I decided to put some of the money I got from the severance package into attending TechEd (instead of just doing a specific SAP course which would have cost about the same amount).

      One thing I remember is that I went to a session where Olga Dolinskaja was a speaker and - IIRC - it was about all the neat things possible with the new debugger and other trouble shooting tools. The rest has now faded into a bit of a blur!

      Quite by coincidence I however happened upon the badge holder from 2010 over the weekend and am now using it to hold stamps of various denominations!

      I'm already looking forward to TechEd in Barcelona and hope to run into as many community members as possible while there!



      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      I bet that wasn’t a great memory.  I’ve become redundant in a job before.  I must say that I enjoy Teched a lot more than individualized courses.  I just enjoy the huge amount of information available there.  As someone who does a little bit of everything, it works better for me.  Not to say I NEVER do courses.  I do at times.

      YES!  I'm not the only one that saved at least one of my badges.  

      And of course – one of my favorite places to visit has free courses.  I get a lot of information there. I also love the tutorials offered.  They have really helped as well.  And lately I have been buying a lot of SAP books.  BRF+ is my latest and greatest information search.

      There is a wealth of information out there that just plain wasn’t there in the early days.  This is indeed an exciting time to be involved with a job that requires SAP knowledge.  I actually love the product that is always reinventing itself.  There have been so many changes.  There will be a lot more.

      I still remember my High School consular telling me that “programming” would not be needed anymore when I graduated from college.  I held off on college because of that.  And when I did start college it was for accounting. ?  That changed rather quickly to Information Systems.  It still makes me smile.

      Anyway – thank you for the response!


      Author's profile photo Nabheet Madan
      Nabheet Madan

      Thanks for the great blog Michelle. I am yet to attend my first Teched, all these years it has been via remote/Twitter or replays. I can feel so much positive energy remotely, i can imagine how it must be to attend in real!


      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      It's AMAZING.  Somehow you need to talk your boss into letting you go.  There are millions (OK - not quite that many) examples on how to get there.

      The basic thing is to be able to tell them how it will help them if you go.  How many of classes you get while at Teched.  You get the latest and greatest.  As an additional benefit you get the technical information that you can use now.  I got pretty good at hunting up the sessions that would benefit my company.

      Consulting companies - they get exposure while you are out there....  Although I did miss one when I was working for a consulting firm.  I was in the middle of a go-live project.  And that is yet another story...

      Anyway - the replays are excellent too.   There is still a ton out there even if you don't get a chance to go.    🙂

      Thank  you for the nice comment,


      Author's profile photo Audrey Stevenson
      Audrey Stevenson

      Hi Michelle,

      I was looking on this wiki page: SAP Community Members Going to SAP TechEd 2019 to see if you are one of the community members who will be attending SAP TechEd this year, but I don’t see your name there.

      For anyone who has registered for SAP TechEd 2019, if you’d like to have the “I’ll Be There” badge and be added to that wiki page, please see this blog post for details on how to enter your profile URL in your TechEd registration.

      Hope to see many of you in Vegas!

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      MMMmmmm....  I wonder what is going on.   I have the badge.  🙂  It doesn't look like I've been added automatically.  I probably have done something wrong.  I'm good at that.

      I'll go back into my registration and look.

      Thank  you for the additional information!


      Author's profile photo Audrey Stevenson
      Audrey Stevenson

      It's possible it's my fault, too. It's a manual process, so human error may be involved. I can add you into the list, no problem though! So I will do that tomorrow when I update it next.