Quite a conference title for a mere blogger to be invited to, humbling kind of. Two days for SAP to show in all their depth and width to a group of 300 analysts, journalists and bloggers what they're up to. (Disclosure: SAP kindly paid for my travel and accommodation.)
I have one word for my takeaway - I'm impressed. A complete walk through of all their products, technologies and plans.
From earlier encounters I have a soft sport for their holistic approach which again was strengthened. This is solid engineering, German engineering attitude seeps through in every other conversation, the good kind of solid engineering that. Not to forget the cooler stuff happening in Palo Alto, a great mix.
That said, I have a few thoughts that require separate posts:
- One is about the message as I saw it, the take away and ultimately SAP's focus which I'd like to debate (humbly of course), and
- the other is about what I would term as a (glaring?) gap in their strategy (if you're a reader of my other posts I think you will know what).
In particular, heartfelt thanks goes out to Stacey Fish and Mike Prosceno that made it possible, nay, a complete pleasure as always. And to Henning Kagermann, Peter Zencke, Bob Stutz and Doug Merritt that took the time to answer our questions. Mark Yolton, James Farrar, Christoph Liedtke, Saswato Das, Rob Moore and many, many more - some new, some old friends, thank you all for your time and excellent discussions!
When I use "we" I mean the bloggers, more specifically the Enterprise Irregulars - the benchmark of a rag-tag group, a smarter group than you could ever ask for and plain good company in all senses. It was great to meet some of the faces I've been communicating with for a long time - Vinnie, Zoli, Brian, Jerry and Josh - what a pleasure to meet you at last! And James, Michael, Prashant and Maggie - as always, pure fun!
(Go read their blogs!)