What memories do you have of previous Techeds? Is this your first one? What are you looking forward to?
Meeting people while sitting out in the "waiting" line. I met more people that way. They were all interesting. I may not have kept up with them. But it was interesting to hear where they came from, what they were thinking about.
Meeting the person who inspired me - It was after hours teched. I had to pick one of two fun things to do. One focused on development (Hacker's night). I honestly don't remember what the other one was. I met Marilyn Pratt and Craig in the hall. I had signed up for Hacker's night; Marilyn convinced me to go with her night "session". She is an amazing person. Positive, happy, and so very supportive. I had a blast. She was/still is the person who had inspired me to write more blogs. She was (I believe) the first person to comment on my very first blog. It made the evening special. And brought home, yet again, why this community is so amazing.
My first one was in 2007 at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Because I booked it so late, I had to stay in the Luxor which still allowed smoking inside hotel rooms (grr). But I bought a nice sweatshirt at the Luxor that I still use today.
I really enjoyed my first TechEd and have been hooked on going ever since.
Well darn it, you have nothing to compare it to! But the good news is I bet more of you get to tune into Teched. Yes, on-premise is great. But I usually have to put together all the reasons I need to be there. I don't with it being on-line. (I'm the only developer/functional type person in-house.) We have a variety of consultants at any one time.
So my best memory of the on-line one last year:
Watching Channel 1 - It's was a lot of fun seeing the community talk, and of course watching Craig and crew.
My personal favorite was meeting Tudor Riscutia. He looked at training differently than I did. He stopped and thought about - why? It's cool all the new tech. However, if he wasn't going to use it anytime soon why learn it early. By the time he uses it, it will have changed anyway. I lean on the other side, I like to at least be aware of what it out there. So we had a fun conversation.
Can you tell I like connecting with people? I still think we can do it. It's just a bit harder when everything in on-line.
So true, @mcrapo. Online does have advantage logistic- and planning wise 🙂
For me, it's also an eternal struggle to determine what I should or shouldn't learn at any given time. I, too, want to be aware of what is out there, but at the same time, it is so much more efficient to only start learning something when I can effectively use/practice it.
I guess that's yet another advantage of the current format. It's easier to start with going 'broad' in what we learn, and selectively 'zoom in' when we want some more depth on a topic 🤓
Oh gosh, so may TechEds, so many memories! They are all about the people though. Of course, the educational content was great - but meeting people -whether buddying up with someone in a hands-on session, or sitting down at a table of 'strangers' at lunch - it was always great to meet people and share.
I have many, many favorite TechEd memories, but my absolute all-time favorite is the year we handed out stickers of the badges that community members had earned, which they could then stick onto their event attendee badge. See awful-resolution photo (it was 2013; phone cameras have come a long, long way since then!).
I even found this one from 2008.
One of my Lectures at this TechEd was named IM212, and I "sold" this exact Presentation one decade later (!?!) to a big european customer without changing one word or slide. This was in 2018.
I googled it, and it is still available - IM212 for TechEd 2008
some of the memories are simply priceless ... 😉
while scanning through memories about former TechEd Events, I found the #AMK Letters again, a leftover after TechEd 2018 was done.
Or when SAP BW on HANA (Codename: Orange) was presented the first time at Las Vegas TechEd 2013
a Picture from TechEd 2014, when we also called this also "d-code" ...
some many stories where told at these events and it will never be the same again ...
One of many favorite memories of TechEds' past would be the early morning donut run from The Excalibur. That was 2007 and the event was actually at Mandalay Bay. It was pretty late at night after the concert (which was a great show by the Goo Goo Dolls).
That year year was also one of the first Community Days
I got to create and delivery my very first hands-on workshop at TechEd:
That was also our very first Enterprise Geeks buffet dinner. Pretty small group that first year but it grew fast over the next few years.
Many of these things are exactly what we miss the most from not being able to meet up in person. But hopefully again soon...
Lots of SAP TechEd memories. Here's a couple of pics from SAP TechEd 2004 in Munich. The first shows (left to right)
- a very young Craig Cmehil
- Piers Harding, master of the RFC libraries for Perl, Python and beyond
- Mr BSP Brian McKellar
- Dagfinn Parnas (now Mr NFT!)
The second shows my Shuttle PC, with a Dell laptop, that I'd brought to be able to present my session SDN201 "The Internet Communication Framework - Into Context and Into Action" - and we did an impromptu installfest in the "clubhouse" which was just a dark corner of the show floor, if I remember correctly 🙂
I agree - I have been both in San Diego and in Munich that year. Just looked up my old slides from one of my sessions in 2004 about SAP NetWeaver Landscape Strategies (NW105), created and held with Matt Kangas, where we came up with our approach for building system landscapes, then refined in later years (I also copied in 3 slides from 2007, as I could just not stop to go through the old stuff) - great memories 😃!
My first one was back in 2016, I am still new to SAP back then and not even active in SAP Community or not updated with the stuff(latest technologies) in SAP and teched for me was a kind of an event where I have to learn as much as I can in the 3 days, and because of all those factors, I was super confused. Somehow I managed to attend few sessions and learned some stuff. But no meeting people or having fun there 😞 It was kind of boring.
Later I started being active at sap community in 2018, so I made a lot of friends there and that was my main reason to attend my 2nd teched in 2019, it's the best one for me so far because the priority for me was to meet people first and learning was secondary 😝 , and I even wrote a blog post about it, which was my first non technical post 🙂
So I decided to attend all other techeds from then, but unfortunately due to COVID, it is online, it's not that it is bad, it is having its own advantages and disadvantageous.
Now I am just eagerly waiting for the next In-person teched.
At SAP TechEd 2019, I organized a networking party for attendees from Japan.
After returning to Japan, I organized community events (sitTokyo, Stammtisch Tokyo, "Mokumoku-kai", etc.) with the enthusiastic members I met there.
Today, I am still active in the Japanese sap community "chillSAP".
My first (and only) on-site TechEd was 2019, in Las Vegas, less than a year after I joined SAP from Contextor acquisition.
It was a blast, and our sessions to present SAP Intelligent RPA had to be doubled and for some even tripled as they were fully booked. And out team had fancy t-shirts 😉
My one and only teched was Bangalore 2006 where I met @craigcmehil ! It took serious negotiation and motivation by my colleague Bella to get our team to go over, what an amazing experience! I'm not sure if anyone else managed to go again. Such a pity.
I'm not as long in the "TechEd-business" as many others here, but I enjoy all your shared memories because it gives me a glimpse into what I missed. And yes, TechEd for me means community, getting to know great people and having a good time together! But I also have a big smile on my face when I think back of the service dogs I got to pet and cuddle in Las Vegas 2019. 😊
Happy #dogtoberfest day everyone! https://github.com/SAP-samples/devtoberfest-2021/tree/main/topics/Dogtoberfest