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Author's profile photo Ajit Kumar Panda

My first experience as a Speaker @SAP Tech Night

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SAP Tech Night was held yesterday at the Bangalore site of SAP Labs India. Let me give you a quick overview of SAP Tech Night before I discuss my experience as a speaker.

Taking place locally, SAP Tech Night is an in-person community gathering organized by SAP Community members. In this edition, the event was hosted at SAP Labs Bengaluru, I really thank them for encouraging SAP community events in India. This event differs from others in that community members are responsible for setting the agenda and format.

Yesterday, In its first installment, curious community members with a common belief in sharing knowledge and continuous learning, joined at the Bangalore office to learn about SAP Cloud Application Lifecycle Management, SAP Cloud Application Programming Model (CAP), and SAP Master Data Integration. 

I participated as a speaker for the first time at this event, which was really significant to me. I was initially reluctant to say yes when I was asked if I would be interested in taking a session on SAP CAP. I think it’s because I had never done it. However, persuaded myself to view this as a learning.

Despite my session being at 6 o’clock, I got at the workplace where the event was scheduled around 4 o’clock. You can thus imagine my nervousness. To my amazement, a few people had already arrived there and were chit-chatting. I actively introduced myself and jump right into their conversation. I had quite a lot of insightful conversations, particularly regarding SAP BTP. I felt a little more at ease after these conversations.

I was no longer anxious when the time came because by that time I had some knowledge about my audience. That made it easier for me to adapt my presentation to the audience’s needs. My very first lesson was this. Knowing your audience will help you tailor your story for maximum impact. In this presentation, I gave a brief explanation of CAP and how it integrates with SAP Fiori Elements, along with a brief live demonstration. I learned another lesson after the session. It’s acceptable to feel anxious or afraid. But occasionally, a simple “yes” is all that is required. I would thus urge community members to participate in such activities, to share their knowledge, and to also learn from others.

After the seminar, additional insightful conversations about CAP as well as the future of BTP and how to move from conventional ABAP programming to cloud development ensued. The eagerness among community members to learn about SAP BTP was undoubtedly motivating.

All in all, there was a lot of conversation, inquiries, new faces, and pictures.

Here are a few images from the occasion:

Last but not least, I’d want to express my gratitude to the organizers Mahesh Palavalli, Vijay Chintarlapalli Pavan Kumar Jagadeesh, and Lalit Mohan Sharma for taking time out of their busy schedules and putting so much effort to make this happen. Also, thanks to Sonal Kumar and Syambabu Allu , who spoke along with me and explained SAP Cloud ALM and SAP MDI, respectively.


I am hopeful to see a bigger turnout at our upcoming community activities.
Please join the SAP Community Group to stay informed of upcoming activities.


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      Author's profile photo Daniel Wroblewski
      Daniel Wroblewski

      Congrats on the experience ... the SAP Community is great, and glad you were overcome your anxiety to present. I recently did the same at SAP TechEd Las Vegas, and it was really special. Hope you get many more opportunities.

      Author's profile photo Ajit Kumar Panda
      Ajit Kumar Panda
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Daniel 🙂

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Palavalli
      Mahesh Palavalli

      Thank you Ajit, for showing the importance & ease of the Cloud Application Programming model development at this event, hope more folks are now interested and excited about cloud-native development in SAP world 🙂

      Author's profile photo Ajit Kumar Panda
      Ajit Kumar Panda
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Mahesh 🙂

      Author's profile photo Svea Becker
      Svea Becker

      I can only agree to what Daniel Wroblewski said. Especially at SAP Inside Tracks it's a great opportunity to start presenting because it's a more casual format.

      Thanks so much for sharing about your anxiety and congrats that you overcome it and that you felt more comfortable after connecting with some peers. Well done!