Back in September I posted a corporate blog explaining that Itelligence had been asked to present at this year’s SAP TechEd event in Las Vegas.
I delivered the session titled SAP Lumira – Tips, Tricks, and Community Experiences from the Real World on Tues 21/10. The room was packed with approximately 150 attendees and I have been told that it was the best attended session in the whole community stream of sessions.
In the presentation I shared a number of real life use cases from itelligence and from the wider SAP community plus feedback, challenges and opportunities for the SAP Lumira technology. If you have never heard of SAP Lumira before it is a fast-moving data visualization tool that connects to SAP and non-SAP data and allows data manipulation, visualization, and sharing.
As a presenter feedback, good or bad, it is always great to receive so I was really encouraged when two separate people approached me directly.
The first was at a SCN community evening event where for fun attendees were given data sets by Medicines Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) and they used SAP Lumira to try and answer some real world questions proposed by MSF (For more information on MSF and SAP community commitment to then have a look here).During the session a gentlemen strode right over whilst I was “geeking out” and thanked me for the session earlier in the day and said “It was the best session he’d attended all day”. If that wasn’t a great way to finish off a day at SAP TechEd it got better as the combined itelligence, EVTechnologies and SAP Hana Cloud team came 2nd overall in the light hearted competition.
The second one, was on the early morning (06:00) Sap Community Network 5K Fun Run, where someone ran up to me and said “Hey, I was in your session yesterday, it was great” before I could reply he sped off and left me for dust!
If the session on SAP Lumira is of interest to you I will be replaying it at the UK&I SAP Usergroup Conference in November.
Day one of SAP Teched 2014 finally arrived. Feelings of anticipation and expectation to name but a few……
Registration was seamless, at 07:00 there were lots of people around but the lines were short.
The whole days agenda culminated with the keynote address by Steve Lucas. I have heard Steve speak many times on webinars and live video streamed events but his enthusiasm and passion really comes over in person when speaking to the 7000+ attendees.
The keynote was good to listen to and certainly entertaining. But, it’s only upon reflection that the change in style came apparent, 90% (loosely) of the content were real life stories and cutting edge demos facilitated by Steve. A refreshing change and appreciated by the delegates. Each sound-bite was different but with the common theme of the HANA Cloud Platform, the only divergence from this messaging was a core SAP Lumira demo from Jayne Landry Global VP & GM, Business Intelligence.
Birst BI had a notable mention quietly promoting that they are the first third-party cloud analytics provider to run on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
I could not wrap up without mentioning Vijay Vijayasankar from Mongo Db. I follow Vijay and have chatted with him on social media a few times. It was great to see him present in person and a great example of SAP for working technology partners to drive collaboration and innovation.
Tomorrow (Tues) is a jam packed day of great content plus I am presenting in the Community Stream on SAP Lumira – Tips, Tricks, and Community Experiences from the Real World. Finally, late into the night, there is a SAP Lumira Viz-a-thon in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) where participants will learn to use SAP data discovery technology (SAP Lumira) using MSF data to visualize and gather compelling insights to help Doctors Without Borders improve their organization and lives around the world. Sounds fun, I’ll be there.
Well I made it to Las Vegas… My travel from the UK was pretty uneventful, taxi, plane, taxi. My travel day was a long one actually if felt like 3 days all rolled up into one. In the morning I was out in the Ashdown Forest with the family all morning, then the flight, and then supper in Vegas. I went from wearing tweeds to a t-shirt in 1 day….. phewwww
Sunday was an acclimatisation day, not for altitude but for the sensory explosion that is Las Vegas (and to try and beat the jetlag). Sunday started early with a run along the “strip”, it’s amazing what you see at 06:30 in Vegas. Anything from young couples embracing, some doing the walk of shame, people staggering the worse for drink and I was even “High Fived” by a “lady of the night” (must have been a slow night). This run was the culmination of 8 weeks effort as I haven’t really exercised to any regularity for probably 20 years.
At SAP TechEd for the last few years there has been a 5k fun run / walk organised for mid week starting at 06:30. When I registered for the conference it appears as a extra thing you can do so I signed up as an incentive to start exercising. Using the Couch to 5K programme I started from not being able to run for more than 30 seconds to running 5k and I even entered a 10K and finished (way down the field, but finishing was the aim).
The actual SAP TechEd fun run is on Wednesday so wait for the update to see how I get on, but I’m chuffed with acheiving my goal of a 5K run along the strip in Vegas
Throughout the day familiar faces from SAP SCN and Twitter have started arriving at the venue so I’m really hoping to bump into some this evening. Maybe some selfies to follow….
My tech bag is all packed and hoodie ready as I’m told the conference centre can be cool. Is you see me please stop me and say Hi !!