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                                                                                   Author: Saurabh Raheja, Infosys Ltd., Chandigarh

The journey to the SAP TechEd Bangalore 2015 started when I first saw a mail in the morning from one of my senior lead within my organization saying "You have been nominated to attend SAP TechEd Bangalore 2015 ".I saw the mail it was like dream come true. I had always a strong desire to attend SAP TechEd (the largest technology event of India) if not every year then at least once in my career of SAP. I am highly grateful to my organization for providing me the chance to learn, grow and align my goals with the organizational goals in the journey of SAP.

Nominations were selected across India within my organization. Each nominee got the Registration Slip from SAP which is a very important document. This document we need to carry to the registration desk on the first day of SAP TechEd. The Registration Desk scan the document and provide badges, bag, headphones, notepad and a pen.

After that all the delegates across India from different locations and different organizations moved inside the venue. I was also one of them and between them. The feeling was great. The biggest SAP professionals from juniors to seniors most level have travelled to Bangalore to attend/participate in the biggest technical event of India. It gave me a sense of inspiration and motivation to grow, learn and to do something innovative and acknowledgeable in the field of SAP.

Once we entered the venue, there was a big display. Everywhere we could see SAP TechEd written on bold letters and it was like we are only in the world of SAP. On the display board was written all day 1 sessions and activities need to be completed on that day.

We then entered a big hall for the opening presentation of SAP TechEd 2015 event. All the delegates gathered there to attend the Executive Keynote Presentation by Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE Products & Innovation. He explained the new innovations that SAP brought this year which includes S/4 HANA.SAP has brought the whole of the business suite on HANA. He explained the advantages and many big improvements that SAP did in past one year. We were then showed the demo of exceptional speed that HANA has brought in the business and all very surprised to see such a wonderful demo. After that, the first morning half of day 1 was about to over. We just explored some places and then we proceed to lunch.

There was one big "Show Floor" in the event. Show Floor contains Product Road Map Q&A Sessions, Mini Theatre, Clubhouse, SAP TechEd Live studio, SAP Shop, and SAP Platform and Technology Showcase. We could visit any of the mentioned place and learn and clear doubts. It was open whole day from 9 am to 6 pm. In the evening we had one hour break for evening refreshments. After that we had SAP Demo Jam in the evening which stood close to 2 hours. The SAP Demo Jam is the ultimate developer competition. The Demo Jam Selection Committee has reviewed all submissions and invited the best to compete on stage in front of the SAP TechEd Bangalore live audience. One ultimate winner will be determined by audience feedback. The winner of this event were Trinoy Hazarika, SAP and Raju Borda, MSG Global Signapore" on the demo of RESCUE-BOTS – A Solution Powered by SAP HANA. One can also watch the demo online anytime. After the Demo Jam was over, Guest Keynote Vir Das addressed the audience and entertain the audience with its fun filled talks and dramas. Those who are not aware Vir Das is India's biggest name in the comedy circuit, having made a place for himself as a stand-up comedian and with his one-stop comedy consultancy. Then there was Networking dinner in the end of the day 1 were people gathered, talked, exchanged contacts and had fun. With this day 1 was over, I would say it was bit hectic day but we experienced a lot of new things in the world of SAP.

On day 2 and day 3 all the educational sessions, demos and hands On on different areas of SAP were happening parallelly. We had the option of attending any lectures and demos of our choice. Mostly people were attending sessions related to their field of work as it is simply not possible to attend all the lectures and session. I mostly covered areas like BO,BI/BW and HANA.We had the option of taking the notes to our home also. Also on later days we were given all the presentation to download which was used by SAP folks during the SAP TechEd.

I would say it was one of the biggest knowledge conference of SAP where one can gain knowledge, participate, showcase talent and place hold in the market.

Registering for Certification - An added Advantage

We also had the opportunity to register for the SAP certification at the discounted rate of 30 percent if registering with SAP TechEd. Some of the colleagues registered for it and I was also one of them. I had approximately one month time to write the SAP Certification. I registered for SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence 4.0 certification, wrote the certification on April 17, 2015 and somehow I managed to clear it. In the Exam, the moment I clicked on submit button to finish the exam and immediately the result were shown saying "Congratulations You have successfully cleared the SAP Certification" was the best feeling I had ever experienced till now.

I was on cloud nine as I would be called now a BO consultant.

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Saurabh Raheja

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