After three intense days I feel like to showfloor became my second home, switching between different rooms for the various networking, lecture and hands-on sessions. Our customers still seem to be very hungry for any insight and information they can get from the portal experts about the portal portfolio's recent enhancements and strategic directions! Some faces I knew already from previous sessions or the interactive discussions on Twitter via #SAPPortal and #SAPTechEd
The third day started again very early in the morning with a well-attended Mobile Portal hands-on session that went quite smoothly. More and more customer appreciate our end-to-end web-based offering for mobile portal scenarios for accessing portal services on smartphones or tablets. With SAP Fiori we finally have the mobile-ready suite content in place to be centrally launched from the mobile portal (leveraging new iView templates for SAPUI5 or even native apps). Customers also become more and more familiar with the new approach of exposing lightweight services via SAP Gateway and creating appealing UIs on top using SAP's HTML5 libraries, SAPUI5.
The session was followed by the impressive hands-on exercises on the new UI theme designer. People stood in lines to get into the room and experience the new tool live and literally in colors. Great to see so many UI and portal designers with bright eyes when trying to customize their SAP UI screens.
Next highlight was the Cloud Portal in Action hands-on session. More and more customers are interested in learning how to extend their on premise or cloud solutoins with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and its portal services. In the sessions they experienced the ease-of-use for creating interactive and mobile ready business sites with HANA Cloud Portal. We also showcased the integration scenarios with SAP Lumira and SAP JAM.
Another highlight was the customer session about Mobile Portal / AppStore @ LEGO group. Jan Thomas presented their real-life project experience from using the mobile portal at LEGO to create a central access point to launch and personalize access to mobile applications. The hugh number of participants proved the high interest in such lessons learned and recommendation. Learn more about Lego's Mobile AppStore in Tim Clark's blog.
Day 3 also gave us the opportunity for networking and discussions with portal customer and partners in order to share latest news from the Labs and gather feedback on our portfolio roadmap. I really enjoyed the time in Amsterdam. Now it time to travel home and get back to work for next year's TechEd highlights....
ByeBye Amsterdam! Looking forward to CU all at the next SAP TechEd convention!