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Update: Karin  Tillotson clearly won the first round and she got her Chardonnay. Congratulations. 
Today 10/20/2014 new rule. SAP Mentors as well as Alumni are not eligible to get any points.

New game, everyone starts at zero again. Good luck!


No one should say that standing in the security line at the airport can't be inspiring. Half awake I wondered, when I will see the first SAP Mentor on my trip.


I love the thought of all of these 6K+ SAP TechEd && d-code participants coming into Las Vegas over the next couple of days. Wishing everyone a safe and uneventful trip.


Well, you can make it a bit more fun, by playing the #FirstMentorSpotting game.


If you see any of the SAP Mentors, 60+ of them are on the way to Las Vegas this week too, thinking about it, we are roughly 1 of every 100 participants.

Take a picture and post it to Twitter with the hashtag: #FirstMentorSighting #SAPtd and you can collect points.


No these are not SCN points, not redeemable for anything but bragging rights and a drink at the bar for the leader.

If you are the leader and you meet me at a bar, I buy you a drink :-)


Here are the rules as posted on Twitter:



In summary:


If you spot an SAP Mentor take a picture and tweet it out.


  • On the way to #SAPtd, but before any airport, you get 1000 points
  • At any airport but not Las Vegas aka LAS 500 points
  • LAS airport 300 points
  • Venetian/Palazzo/Convention center 200 points

Bonus points

  • 500 if you spot an SAP Mentor in the taxi line at LAS plus 500 if you share a ride to the Venetian :-)
  • 200 points if you recognize a SAP Mentor without shirt on
  • 400 points for an SAP Mentor Alumnus as they are rare sightings at #SAPtd
  • 400 extra points for a total of 800 points if you see an SAP Mentor Alumnus wearing a vintage SAP Mentor shirt as that is an even rarer find.
  • <please come back to this post to check for updates. New point opportunities may be added or subtracted at any moment>


Oh and yes I can play too. I make the rules, but I don't like to pay myself a drink, so don't worry about me being in the lead.


Good luck.


At 7pm Karin  Tillotson is in the undisputed leader with with 1600 points.


FirstMentorSighting II.jpg

Hope to see her soon in a bar soon. Once I bought you a drink, your points are reset.


Happy SAP Mentor hunting :-) Susan Keohan started to use the #findus hashtag in her tweets to make it easier.



Tomorrow is the day for ASUG pre-conference sessions at SAP TechEd && d-code.


I wanted to share a sneak preview of the materials I have seen so far - first up is Fast Track Your Development with HANA Cloud Platform.  This is a half-day session with SAP's  Rui Nogueira and Jana Richter


Source: SAP


Here is the agenda provided by Jana and Rui:


Source: SAP


Rui has started this RaspberryPi on SAP HCP - IoT blog series part 1: Setting-up your RaspberryPi


Rui explains more details here Your fast track to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at the ASUG pre-conference


You can register here today


Solution Manager

John Krakowski and others are leading Express Delivery to your Business With Solution Manager tomorrow.  More details are here ASUG Solution Manager Updates - Includes SAP TechEd && d-code & more


Source: SAP


The above is the agenda from the presentation slides.  John also shares that "At our pre-conference, directly interact with special guest, Helmut Fieres, SAP AG, SVP responsible for development, SAP Solution Manager, about the next release SAP Solution Manager 7.2!"


Source: SAP


You can see from the above slide that many of us are experiencing changes with our landscape and Solution Manager plays a role with that.  I have attended John's pre-conference sessions before and he ensures that attendees obtain the information they need.


Join SAP's John Krakowski for  ASUG Pre-Conference SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 Express Delivery to Your Business with SAP Solution Manager


You can register here today


Still not convinced?  Watch this YouTube of last year's sessions:


Lastly, a key benefit of attending an ASUG pre-conference session is that it helps you build your agenda for the rest of the week.  There are only so many hours in a day, and it is a great way to jump-start your SAP TechEd && d-code experience.

SAP HANA Distinguished Engineers (HDEs) are some of the best SAP HANA practitioners and shares their experiences with SAP HANA community. You can find the complete list of HDEs here.


Following are the sessions presented by HDEs at TechEd && d-code, Las Vegas.


Thomas Jung, SAP, Director, SAP HANA Product Management, SAP Mentor
Tue 11:15 AM - 01:15 PM Bellini 2005 DEV101SAP HANA Native Application Development
Tue 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM Murano 3301B DEV160SAP HANA Native Development – XS-Based Development

Wed 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CodeJam mini-editions 1 (Showfloor)


Getting Started with SAPUI5 on SAP HANA
Wed 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM CodeJam mini-editions 2 (Showfloor)


Getting Started with XS-Based Development

Wed 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Code Review, Showfloor


Optimal Use of JavaScript in XSJS
Wed 02:15 PM - 06:15 PM Zeno 4601


Developing SAP HANA Native Applications with SAP HANA Cloud

Thu 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM Palazzo Ballroom M


SAP HANA Native Application Development

Thu 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Zeno 4601


SAP HANA Native Development – XS-Based Development

Thu 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM CodeJam mini-editions 2 (Showfloor)


Getting Started with XS-Based Development
Getting Started with SAPUI5 on SAP HANA


Getting Started with SAPUI5 on SAP HANA
Fri 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM Marcello 4504


Developing SAP HANA Native Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Rich Heilman, SAP, Senior Product Manager, SAP HANA Product Management

Wed 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM Toscana 3608


SQLScript – Push Code Down into SAP HANA to Achieve Maximum Performance

Wed 02:15 PM - 06:15 PM Zeno 4601

DEV261Developing SAP HANA Native Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Thu 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Code Review, Showfloor


Leveraging SQLScript Language Features
Thu 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM CodeJam mini-editions 1 (Showfloor)CJ627Getting Started with SQLScript in SAP HANA
Thu 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM Marcello 4502


SQLScript – Push Code Down into SAP HANA to Achieve Maximum Performance
Fri 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM Marcello 4504


Developing SAP HANA Native Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Thorsten Franz, Operatics, Enterprise Architect, SAP Mentor
Tue 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Lounge 7, Show FloorEXP17854

ABAP Applications for SAP HANA

Wed 03:15 PM - 04:15 PM Lido 3001A


How to Architect ABAP Applications for SAP HANA          


Finally, if you think you are a HDE, nominate yourself here.


Contact me at PTS08 - SAP HANA Platform Technology booth (Showfloor) to learn more about HDE program and also to see live demos on new innovations
in SAP HANA Platform.



Can’t make it to SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas this year? Get inspiration and education online – with keynotes, demos, lectures, and captivating interviews on today's hottest tech topics. See full agenda.


Tune in to the Keynotes

Monday, October 20 • 5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m. PDT
SAP Executive Keynote: Steve Lucas

Tuesday, October 21 • 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. PDT
SAP Executive Keynote: Björn Goerke

New for this Year: Don’t Miss the Strategy Talks

Replays will be available within 24 hours in case you miss anything.

Follow the latest announcements via the SAP News Center and Twitter (#SAPtd).

          Learn, Share and Grow with SAP HANA

Day long event focusing exclusively on operations part of SAP HANA!!!

Benefit from group discussions, roadmap sessions, networking dinner

with HANA Product Management team from SAP


SAP HANA Operation Expert Summit in two locations.

  • November 20, 2014, in Newtown Square, PA
  • December 04, 2014 in Palo Alto, CA

As an IT expert working with the SAP HANA platform, we invite you to be part of our inner circle at an exclusive event: the SAP HANA Operation Expert Summit.


Don't expect your standard summit with speakers and coffee breaks. This is an interactive occasion that welcomes your full participation.

Panel discussions
and breakout sessions offer unique opportunities to share your experience and ideas with us.
We want to hear what you think of SAP HANA operation.

We want to know:

  • What are your pain points or challenges?
  • What advice, tips, or tricks do you have for other users?
  • What features would you like to see in the future?

In addition, speed-networking sessions with SAP experts from the SAP HANA development organization will offer you advice on how to best operate SAP HANA — from planning and building, all the way to running, giving you knowledge and insights you can start using immediately.
Space is limited!

Register here
for Newtown Square. Get the full AGENDA here

Register here for Palo Alto. Get the full AGENDA here.

Do you know another SAP HANA operation specialist in your company? Don't hesitate to forward this message. Let's keep making progress!

We look forward to welcoming you in Newtown Square, PA, on Nov
ember 20, 2014 and in Palo Alto, on December 04, 2014.

for more FAQ

We are excited to talk about this year's TechEd event at LasVegas where we would get an opportunity to meet and hear from you.Kick-off your SAP TechEd experience with this exclusive, partner-only event will be held one day prior to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas titled  - Platform Innovation Series for SAP


This exclusive event will be kicked off by a networking lunch at 12pm, followed by keynotes, meetings, workshops, and partner panels:



  • SAP Partner Summit Presales Demo – Cloud Track and Big Data Track //Learn more
  • Build, Integrate, and Certify Applications with SAP Fiori and SAP HANA //Learn more
  • Develop and Monetize Solutions with SAP HANA Cloud Platform //Learn more
  • SAP Co-Innovation Lab Real-Time Data Platform Workshop //Learn more


Get Invited!


To get your invitation for this interactive half-day event, please send an email to katarina.fischer@sap.com



The Agenda for the Special Event for #SAP partners can be found here : http://goo.gl/uDE0tc


Now coming to the main Event   created expressly for developers, engineers, and technologists. There’s a lot to choose from – we’ve put together an agenda that’s designed to meet your needs as an OEM Partner so you can tailor your experience.


Exclusive Sessions for OEM Partners

With over 1,000 hours of technical lectures, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities, SAP TechEd && d-code is the fastest way to update your skills and learn about SAP technology in an interactive environment. Visit the Agenda Builder Las Vegas to have a list of all education sessions at the event.


Get the most from your experience by attending the following sessions designed for OEM partners like you. They’re all geared towards helping you take advantage of market-leading solutions and reducing your development costs and time to get your products to your customers faster.

Visit our SAP Representatives on the TechEd ShowFloor

Want to know more about an OEM partnership and what it can do for your business? Visit our SAP Partner Engineering Pod in the Info Zone, Pod # 14 and talk to our experts about how easy it is to partner with SAP.

Get to know  the SAP OEM Partner Program, where you can learn more on how to monetize new business models & services by embedding our technologies & platforms into your innovative solutions

Take advantage of the vast enablement resources that could be your ticket for growth and new opportunities.


  • Find out about the OEM program and how it can benefit you and help you reach more customers and increase your revenues
  • Learn how you can grow in the newly revamped SAP PartnerEdge for Application Development
  • Explore opportunities building and deploying mobile solutions on the SAP Platform
  • Listen to partners’ successes.


OEM Attendance

Levy, Philippe philippe.levy@sap.com

Vertrees, Chuck chuck.vertrees@sap.com



Monday, October 20, 2014

Session ID


Session Type

Day Time


Customer Keynote


05:45 p.m. - 07:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Session ID


Session Type

Day Time


Technology Keynote


09:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  


SAP Mobile Application Framework

CodeJam mini-editions (1hr)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  


SAP IQ16 – Where it Fits and What it Does

Lecture (1hr)

12:15 p.m. - 01:15 p.m.  


Control TCO –Landscape Guidance and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Multitenancy

Lecture (1hr)

12:15 p.m. - 01:15 p.m.  


Introduction to SAP SQL Anywhere

Lecture (1hr)

12:15 p.m. - 01:15 p.m.  


What's New with SAP Advanced Analytics

Lecture (1hr)

12:15 p.m. - 01:15 p.m.  


What Is SAP Business One? Why Should You Care?

Networking Session (30min)

01:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m.  


Get Answers to Your Questions About SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Networking Session (30min)

01:30 p.m. - 02:00 p.m.  


The Internet of Everything: How it Will Transform the Way Business is Done

Lecture (1hr)

02:00 p.m. - 03:00 p.m.  


SAP HANA Platform: Start Your Development Journey Here

Networking Session (30min)

02:00 p.m. - 02:30 p.m.  


SAP SQL Anywhere: Instant Database To Go

Networking Session (30min)

02:00 p.m. - 02:30 p.m.  


The Internet of Things: Making It Real

Strategy Talks (1hr)

04:30 p.m. - 05:30 p.m.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Session ID


Session Type

Day Time


Build Apps with SAP Mobile Platform and Mobile Services Running on SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Platform and Technology Showcase

10:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m.  


SAP Adaptiver Server Enterprise Quick Start for Oracle and SQL Server DBAs

Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  


SAP Solutions and the Internet of Things

Networking Session (30min)

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  


Introduction to SAP SQL Anywhere

Lecture (1hr)

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  


Internet of This That and the Other with SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Networking Session (30min)

12:30 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.  


Control TCO –Landscape Guidance and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Multitenancy

Lecture (1hr)

04:30 p.m. - 05:30 p.m.  


Putting it all Together with Mobility Solutions by SAP

Lecture (1hr)

04:30 p.m. - 05:30 p.m.  


A Simple – and Powerful – Approach to Enterprise Mobility Management

Lecture (1hr)

05:45 p.m. - 06:45 p.m.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Session ID


Session Type

Day Time


SAP HANA Cloud Platform – A Security Overview

Lecture (1hr)

08:00 a.m. - 09:00 a.m.  


Build, Extend, and Run Applications with SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Lecture (2hr)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  


Make it Look Like Your Own – Customizing SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1

Lecture (1hr)

02:00 p.m. - 03:00 p.m.  


Leverage SAP BusinessObjects Mobile SDK for your Analytical Needs

Lecture (1hr)

03:15 p.m. - 04:15 p.m.  


Road Map Q&A: SAP Lumira

Product Road Map Q&A (1hr)

05:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Session ID


Session Type

Day Time


Make it Look Like Your Own – Customizing SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1

Lecture (1hr)

08:00 a.m. - 09:00 a.m.  


Leverage SAP BusinessObjects Mobile SDK for your Analytical Needs

Lecture (1hr)

08:00 a.m. - 09:00 a.m.  


Accelerating your Business with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

Lecture (1hr)

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  


Deep-Dive into SAP Lumira – Desktop, to Server, Cloud, or BI Platform

Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
















































































Networking Reception

Wednesday, October 22 • 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Show Floor, Hall C, Level 2

All SAP TechEd && d-code conference attendees are invited to join our exhibiting partners at the Networking Reception on Wednesday evening on the show floor. Enjoy hearty fare, beer, and wine, while meeting with technology, software solution, services, and support partners and other SAP experts. Refer to the Exhibitor Listing to learn about each of the exhibitors’ products and services. Check the exhibitor directories on the show floor to find exhibitors and their locations.


Demo Jam Night

Share with your peers – make some noise for your favorite developer innovations. Join SAP’s Demo JAM event at TechEd and see what other developers are doing with SAP technologies.


Thursday Night Throwback

A night with Huey Lewis and the News: Formed 35 years ago from two rival bands in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Grammy Award winners (and Academy Award nominees) have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and scored 19 Top Ten singles. Their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever.


Get More

Visit SAP PartnerEdge.com: For more information on how partners can leverage SAP and OEM with your customers, visit the OEM website on SAP PartnerEdge.com. More info .  Visit the OEM pages on sap.com here Follow @sapoem for latest updates on Twitter

Related Blogs:






The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) will have several technical enablement sessions at SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 at Las Vegas for SAP partners and ISVs.  Each technical enablement session will be hosted by a senior ICC expert, who will explore and provide in-depth expertise around the latest integration opportunities available for ABAP, SAP HANA, SAP Fiori, and SAP Cloud.


SAP ICC will also be on-site at the Info Zone: IZ13 to meet with SAP partners and ISVs to plan for your next solution certification and answer certification-related questions.


Now, make sure to plan and attend the Expert Networking Lounge to engage with ICC experts to receive an overview of existing certifications programs for the SAP HANA Platform to understanding the certification road map for SAP Cloud solutions, while building and certifying apps with SAP Fiori:

ISV Certification Road Map for Partner-Built Applications



Lounge 5,

Show Floor


October 21, 2014

2:30 PM (PDT)
Mobile Platform: Build, Integrate, and Certify SAP Fiori Apps



Lounge 5,

Show Floor


October 22, 2014

2:30 PM (PDT)


While at SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 also take the opportunity to discuss a recent completed certification program and how that outcome has benefited SAP customers - this might be a great opportunity to highlight your certification experience in a partner testimonial.  For more details, please visit SAP ICC at the Info Zone: IZ13 and ask to speak with Alejandro Barajas, Business Development Manager - Americas.


Finally, if you have an interest in learning how to build and certify an application for SAP HANA, you should check-out the SAP HANA Enablement Workshop taking place on Monday, November 10, 2014 to Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Palo Alto, CA.


Until then, the SAP Integration and Certification Center team looks forward to meeting you in person - Have a great trip to Las Vegas!

Will you be at SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas and Berlin this year? If so, SCN's Community Advocates (Marilyn Pratt, Moshe Naveh, and I) would love to meet you!


Community Advocates are members of the SCN Community Experience team, who are responsible for  the day-to-day administration of SCN, and for the engagement experience of our community members. Talk to us about your experience and any feedback you have.


Roving advocate billboard.JPG

Yup! You probably guessed by now we love to have fun too!


To add a little more fun to your SAP TechEd && d-code experience, we've created a special "I Found the SCN Community Advocate" badge!

roving advocate badge.png


Here's how you earn it:

  1. You find any of the SCN Community Advocates (Jason, Marilyn or Moshe).
  2. We scan your event badge, and award you the SCN mission badge.


Getting the badge is the easy part - finding us might be a bit tricky! Here's what we're doing to help you find us:

  • Look for the bright yellow Community Advocate t-shirts we'll be wearing

advocate shirt.jpg

  • Look for our tweets on the social media walls with our locations posted (Start by follow us: @JayChaos, @MarilynPratt, @MosheNaveh)
  • We may enlist additional Advocates to help us as well (look for the yellow "Community Advocate" t-shirts)



Speaking of t-shirts, you can also get yourself one of these limited-edition (and limited quantity) t-shirts!

participant shirt.jpg

Here's how you earn it:

  1. Take a selfie of yourself with one of us.
  2. Tweet out the photo with the hashtags #SAPtd and #HugSCN (besides hugs, we accept handshakes, fistbumps, thumbsup, and high-fives as well).


See you at SAP TechEd && d-code!



Continuing the ASUG SAP TechEd && d-code meet the speaker series (Las Vegas), please meet ASUG SAP TechEd d-code speaker Greg Capps, who is a fellow ASUG Volunteer and SAP Mentor.  He is presenting two ASUG sessions next week:



Meet Greg (pictured to the right, photo by Martin Gillet):



Why did you choose security and controls as your area of interest in SAP?


I have worked for small, medium and large corporations using multiple ERP applications.  I started as an application  developer working with multiple acquisitions and divestures of companies.  Identifying master data, creating conversion programs, implementing EDI, performing systems analysis and documenting requirements for other developers as workloads increased with short deadlines.  With increasing responsibility I managed three new data center construction projects, multiple ERP implementations, and assumed roles of increasing responsibility until I was an IT Manager.  When I was working on a joint venture for DuPont at Griffin LLC, they needed a technical team lead for a global SAP project.  With my jack of all trades background I was able to become part of the Wonderful World of SAP (WWOS).  When the project ended, we all needed to return to roles in the business which had been backfilled during our 18 month project.  With a data center being outsourced and no desire to move I focused on SAP Security and Risk Management as I not only performed the development on the project but had been doing this in multiple companies, on multiple platforms and operating systems.  This led to Security Team Lead roles at Georgia-Pacific and now The Coca-Cola Company.  Along with my IT experience I have also worked as an IT Auditor and mentor.


What is your favorite hobby?


Sometimes I wonder if SAP is one of my hobbies.  Between work I have found great pleasure in networking with other users and also influencing multiple areas of development in SAP.  Many times I have found that SAP did not really understand how we used their creation since they are not involved in all of the industries that we represent.  Hearing our ideas, many times multiple customers join together to receive benefits for all of us.


My other hobbies are Fast, Loud and usually Big.  From turbocharging, to drag racing, to lifted monster trucks to custom street rods I have built, enjoyed and passed them on.  Driving 0-60 cars with 2 second times is fun, but this has you looking for lights more often than you would like.  This is why I prefer cruising in a lifted monster truck or street rod because it is the other people who are finding roadside trouble instead of you.


Why do you attend TechEd/d-code?


I attend because at TechEd you find people with answers to all of the tough questions.  Connections to mentors, customers, vendors, developers and other associates that all want the most out of SAP for their companies.  Many of the people you meet become longtime friends in the community.  Today they are leading you to the right solution and tomorrow you are helping them with your lessons learned.  In the end you all join together to influence SAP for the future.


The value you receive from these conversations far outweighs any costs involved.


Why should attendees attend your session?


I have two sessions related to GRC implementations back to back on Wednesday afternoon.  The first includes answers to many of the questions people ask about GRC implementations.  Lessons I have learned during go live, through support and frustrating troubleshooting.  Many of these have saved other users hours of frustration and you will most likely find tips whether you are planning an implementation or are already live.  The second presentation is more than a lecture as I have loaded the presentation with details for using LDAP connections and configuration in GRC.  Many of the details spill over into other similar SAP applications.



ASUG at SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas - 2014 Blog Collection

ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Sessions Are Published - Featuring SAP Mentors, including Pre-Cons


Humanitarian Big Data Stories and TechTalks


In an effort to bring relevant and timely humanitarian big data stories to SAP TechEd&&Dcode in Las Vegas, our community reached out to the organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and invited Megan McGuire, an Epidemiologist in MSF’s eHealth Unit, to give a Tech Talk , a TED-styled new addition to the education sessions this year at SAP TechEd&&Dcode.

(TechTalk: Tuesday, October 21,  Veronese 2502, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.)

“Ms. McGuire, with a strong focus in Public Health Informatics, has worked for over a decade in various projects throughout Asia, Africa and South America, of which five years were with Doctors Without Borders. She currently heads up the eHealth Unit which aims to provide timely and accurate information and monitoring for MSF projects in 26 countries. She has studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Drawing from her field experience and the new Unit, Megan will discuss how Doctors Without Borders is going “digital” and the difficulties of using electronic/digital applications for medical responses in remote, unstable, or resource-poor settings.  She will discuss the tension of
applying technology in appropriate settings and justification of why or why not going digital is in MSF’s future”


Community-driven Support of MSF


Many of our SCN community members are aware of the work of MSF and many support the organization through our Mission: I Care, I Gave, I Inspired.

But beyond the generous and much-needed charitable donations, wouldn’t it be wonderful if this community of technologists and analytic experts were to throw some of their considerable analytic and tech skills and talents at crisis situations that organizations such as MSF face?


The Data Geeks offer such an opportunity to the community to engage live this year at SAP TechEd&&Dcode in Las Vegas.


Data Geek sponsored Viz-a-Thon


Those lucky enough to get invited to the Data Geek sponsored Viz-a-Thon event on Tuesday evening, October 21st will have the opportunity to hear Megan McGuire talk about the work and challenges of centralizing Medical Data for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The event invites community to:

Join us in helping solve real business challenges for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)in a fun filled evening event
with learning, prizes, and food. We’ll see who can create the best DataViz insights using SAP Lumira with MSF data. Come show us your DataViz skills by competing, or simply to learn some new tricks. Join us in this highly participatory event and help solve real business analytics challenges with Doctors Without Borders and our SAP Lumira Experts”


It’s no secret that we’ve made a tradition of hosting evening events with heart.



This year is no exception.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
(Maya Angelou)

Yariv Zur

All Ready.

Posted by Yariv Zur Oct 14, 2014

Its that time of the year - where we pack out bags, refine our demos, finalize our presentations and say goodbye to all of our office toys...

The SAP Portal Product Management team is going to d-code && TechEd. First Las Vegas and then Berlin.


We know its hard to find everything portal among all the huge firehose of information which is d-code, So We've created a website to serve as your one stop landing page for the event - Sessions, Speakers, News and updates.


One of the key features of this site is our new portal portfolio interactive video - Where members our our product management team will take you through our offerings, use cases and roadmap. This is the first interactive video we are doing, courtesy of our good friends at interlude.fm. Many thanks to all the members of our demo team, our UX team and our super talented Video producer - Eyal Alter.


Here we go - d-code!



Your flight to Las Vegas is scheduled and your bags are packed! But, have you finalized your agenda for the week ahead at SAP TechEd && d-code?


If you're looking for an integrated view into the amazing things you can do with SAP technologies, make sure you schedule time in your agenda for the Platform and Technology Showcase (level 2, show floor, halls C and D)! Visit us Oct. 21 - 23 to see demos from some of SAP's most knowledgeable technical experts on the latest and greatest SAP technologies including SAP HANA, SAP Cloud, Mobile, Analytics, Big Data, IoT, IT Simplification...the list goes on!




Here's a sneak peek into some of the content you will experience in the Platform and Technology Showcase this year:


          - Check out the Technology Showcase @ TechEd 2014


          - Be at the top of your technology game - attend SAP TechEd&&d-code (#SAPtd)


          - Come experience the SAP HANA Marketplace at TechEd&&dCode 2014


          - TechEd / DCode mobile sessions overview


Can't attend SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas? No fear! We will have the showcase in Berlin from Nov. 11 - 13, and you can always catch video highlights straight from the show floor at SAP TechEd && d-code Online! Also, don't forget to join the conversation with other attendees here!


See you next week!

2014 has been an amazing year for those of us working in the SAP world and interested in UX Strategy and Design. It's not just the rise of UX, and the zeroing of licences for Fiori and Personas.  We seem to have hit a sweet spot where the consumerism of IT on smartphones and tablets (and even the occasional piece of wearable technology) is making not just a theoretical but a very real impact on life-with-SAP and certainly on expectations of how life should be with SAP.


Nowhere have I seen this more in evidence than in the 2014 SAP Teched && dCode agenda. There are 131 sessions officially in the UX track, but as you start delving under the covers of many of the other tracks and looking for the magic keywords such as UX, User Experience, User Interface, Fiori, Personas, and the like at a rough count I've worked out that approximately 1/3rd of the over 1350 sessions are in talking user experience in some shape or form! But it does leave those of us who are lucky enough to go with a problem on where to focus our attention.

Not lucky enough to get to Teched && dCode in person? then maybe this will help you choose some sessions for SAP Teched Online.


So here's my summary of what's exciting me in the UX Strategy & UX Design space.


Coming to the Pre-Conference?

There's an all day session on UX - Turn the SAP User Experience Strategy into Your Customer Reality

I might even see you there ;)


Watch out for these Speakers

Sam Yen

You've seen him on YouTube, you've seen him in the Massive Online Open Course SAP's UX Strategy in a Nutshell  now see him IRL

  • TEC837 Road Map Q&A: SAP User Interface Technologies
  • TEC104 User Experience Strategy and UI Road Map – The Next Steps
  • EXP17663 SAP User Interfaces – The Key Takeaways


Michael Falk

Trying to sort out what UI technology fits where? Try our Director of User Interfaces

  • UXP109 Roundtable – UX Strategy Implementation
  • UXP200 Overview About SAP UI Technologies and When to Choose What
  • EXP17637 Overview of SAP User Interfaces
  • EXP17630 Create Business Value with User Experience Design Services


Andreas Hauser

Andreas heads up the Design and Co-Innovation Center.  He's explaining SAP's User Experience Strategy and alos the new UX Design Services that are directed at helping SAP customers work out their UX roadmap.


  • UXP101 Create Business Value with UX Design Services
  • EXP17629 Designing the Future – SAP's User Experience Strategy


Heike van Geel

Heike is one of our Design Strategists working out of the Design and Co-Innovation Center of Apphaus fame. She's running sessions on practical UX design.


  • UXP160 Building New Applications with Great User Experience Using Design Thinking
  • UXP260 How to Create a Road Map Leading to Delightful User Experience Design


Looking for the Potential in the UX space? Try these


  • UXP100 SAP Fiori Overview
  • EXP17373 Enhancing the User Experience with the SAP Fiori Launchpad
  • INT201 Unified Inbox with SAP Fiori



  • UXP111 SAPUI5 Face-to-Face
  • EXP17602 UI Theme Designer
  • INT261 Build SAP Fiori-Style User Interfaces for Mobile Usage of SAP BPM
  • UXP102 OpenUI5 – Leveraging the Power of Open Source



  • UXP203 What's New and Exciting in SAP Screen Personas – Demo, Migration, Road Map
  • EXP17578 SAP Screen Personas: What Is New?



  • UXP106 SAP NetWeaver Business Client 5.0 – What’s New



  • UXP117 Experience with Google Glass and Business Applications
  • TEC109 Google Glass – SAP Experiences and Challenges of a New Interaction Paradigm



Looking to see how SAP can help you build your own UX Roadmap? Don't miss this!

  • UXP 101 Create Business Value with UX Design Services
  • EXP17413 Strategies for Learning and Deploying User Experience Solutions from SAP


Have a wonderful time and if you are coming to Vegas - see you there!

Are you an expert DataGeek? We’re inviting the best of the best to join this year’s DataGeek Challenge to create the most compelling Custom Visual Extensions using SAP Lumira. Visit www.sap.com/datageek



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1. Download SAP Lumira free at www.saplumira.com


2. Learn how to create your own custom visual extension


3. Grab some sample data or use your own

4. Submit your custom visual extension


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The DataGeek Challenge will run until Dec 2014, view this FAQ page for details.



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Good luck DataGeeks!

This will be my second year at Teched && d-code.  I recently changed jobs and moved from the Midwest to the Deep South. With this job change my focus now includes HANA and cloud hosting.


The Location: Las Vegas.  I am not much of a gambler but I do enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. I encourage you to get out and see the town.  Being a runner I enjoy seeing the Strip early in the morning.


My Plan:  Last year my focus was BusinessObjects and BW.  This year being new to HANA I am going to see how many HANA sessions as I can attend in 4 days.  The hands on sessions I am looking forward to are SEC261 Configuring HANA security and DMM161 Intro to HANA modeling. 

Other sessions:



Please suggest any sessions for a Basis HANA administrator.


What you’re looking forward to the most:  I was looking for to the 5k but I registered too late to be included. I am going to try Hacker Night this year.



Advice for first timers: This has been said in other blogs but have more than one session on your agenda.  If the first one does not seem to fit leave and go to the next session.  This advice really helped me last year to find content that fit my needs.

Hope to see you there - Andy


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