Got in last night and my first impression was 'Hmmm... the weather seems to be better than UK'. Yes, touchdown Madrid. Hola!
This morning as I reached the Venue, a splendid and vast area called the Feria De Madrid I didnt know that I would be spending more time on topics other than PI. Here is a summary of Day One from my prespective.
Sessions, Hands on and the usual TechEd Stuff:
1) TEC101: SAP Technology Portfolio Roadmap
This was more out of curiosity that I decided to give this session a shot. I ended up in a jam packed room and had to literally sit on the floor to take notes. The good news is SAP is investing heavily on new technologies esp. Mobility, On Demand, In-Memory, Cloud, Orchestration, Virualization and business continuity. As for the folks in the process integration stream, the take away is SAP's focus and continued investment in Netweaver.
2) PMC104: A comprehensive Introduction to process modelling and Business process Blueprinting
This was more of a 'make the best your time' choice I had to make. Even though very much new to me, the session I must say didnt put me to sleep. I got to see some features around the BPMN and process modelling along with the new Business process Blueprinting tool.
3) EIM202: Deep Dive into the SAP In-Memory Technology, strategy and roadmap
and thus I fulfilled a promise that I had made to myself. I sat through an entire session of HANA and boy what an insightful one hour. I realized why SAP is going so aggressive in marketing HANA and also the potential that the technology has and of the possibilities in the future as it expands and finds use cases around SAP's different technology stacks.
4) PMC164: SAP PI Integration Flows Deep Dive (Hands On)
How could I go all day at TechEd without a PI session eh? And what better than a hands on session :) Even though I had to get into the waiting list of a sold out session, the advice from Marilyn and Mariana paid off. Thanks ladies all it took was to show up early and put down my name on the list.
The session opened a view into how SAP PI is drastically changing forms and how in 7.3 and above, Eclipse based tool will replace the ESR and ID that we know of today. The integration flow is a great way to build your scenarios in a single view, without switching multiple windows. The best part being that anyone can now in a single view understand the Integration scenario, which was never possible with PI before. Time well spend!
5) Demo Jam
In simple terms, Beer, Burger and Geeks! You had to be there to experience the fun. Congrats to John Astill for his Save the Planet app. Loved it mate!
The Mentor Privileges:
The highlight was the Mentors getting to have a chat with SAP CIO Oliver Bussman. He left us with some words of wisdom. To summarize;
a. Spend 5% of an organization's IT budget on R&D.
b. People are the biggest asset of an organization.
c. Be in the driver seat and define what you want to be.
(Oliver Bussmann receiving his mentor uniform)
There was also a catch up with Sethu M from the Products & Strategy, Business Analytics Technologies, SAP Labs and I found the man to be an absolute genius.
Well tomorrow is another day. Hope to continue enjoying the TechEd!