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.