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To change the pace a bit from my earlier posts on TechEd BLR 2013, I'm going to intermix the text with the imagery.  With no keynotes today (hip hip, ...), there was a full plate of sessions and other activities to choose from. The images are (I think) in chronological order, so you can see it wasn't just one lecture after another.  I've divided sections arbitratily as "pix 1", "pix 2", etc. While this post is titled "Day 2", I start with Day 1 evening events that occurred after I posted yesterday's notes.

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On reaching the KTPO Trade Center (ah, sorry, "Centre"), we were greeted by Mentor-In-Chief Mark Finnern doing a Godfather get-up, Bollywood style.  I missed that party.

As jelena.perfiljeva asked for "best swag pix", here's one nomination, only available at the SAP store (for the low price of 700 R!), so perhaps not in the swag category.  Good for the world traveler concerned about getting to the airline ticket counter under the weight limits.  Not the multi-blade knife -- the digital scale underneath!

To refer back to a thread in my post yesterday on Project Ganges and the challenges in improving automation in the Indian retail sector, the SAP Store - at TechEd itself - is using multi-part handwritten carbon transaction receipts for customer sales.  In the SAP Mentor meeting with Sethu Meenakshisundaram, we talked about this in a brief (NDA) encounter.  I'll "do the needful" and wait for clearance to go into further details (cc @ mark.finnern).

Slightly delayed (OK, an hour later than advertised ;-), the main attraction of the Wednesday evening event, Akriti Kakar, with dance troupe in full swing.  I mean no disrespect to the adoring cricket fans of Sourav Ganguly, but sorry, I'll take pop music and a good beat (that you can dance to) almost every time. Unless I'm still blogging, of course.

Yes, here's that swag. Takes 2 batteries, and has a pleasant blue glow.  Seems accurate; we'll see when we get to the weigh-in.

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One of my small pleasures in life is amusing the hospitality crew in bringing my own reusable (Sierra) cup to the counter.

En route to the first demo station of the conference day, I took this shot of the "TechEd Live" media crew front line. "And,... Action!"

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CD962 - TwoGo

My first demo stop was the "TwoGo" pod.  As this is a "ride share" app, the algorithms and interfaces are well trod territory. Whether this approach can succeed is problematic - by some undocumented fiat, the backend is HANA and the frontends are web pages and mobile devices. What I was interested in was (1) how to incent users, and (2) how it interfaces with other systems.  This appears to be targeted to large corporate accounts (and not a general public use audience), which would make sense in the SAP enterprise world (account rep: "and we'll throw in a free green sustainable tool for next to nothing").  I think the incentives were implicit than explicit - a company could set up reserved parking places for car poolers, etc, rather than implicit (discounts on stock or cafeteria purchases for loyal users).

A nice touch was Outlook integration, so ride "meet-ups" would be arranged as corporate calendar events, though with some anonymization (you don't get all personal details such as home address if so configured), and one could respond to a driver/passenger connection as easily as "accept".  What's shown below is the mobile app, which has built-in function templates such as "I'll be 10 minutes late".  What seemed to be missing was easy connection to third party GPS/location services; I would expect to see a meeting place on the "location" field in the invite, which I could use on my Android phone to get there easier.  It's got a Nokia connection that I know nothing else about. It does not (yet) interface to mass transit data systems (hint, hint: the bus we're heading for is 30 minutes late, so no need to drive like a maniac to meet it).

On a side note, during our vacation in India, we met a Dutch woman who had spent 2 years in Bangalore trying to get a start up going in collaboration with Tom Tom. According to her, the owners of the base maps (which I assume are Indian government entities) would not cooperate adequately.  I can only speculate whether that was due to insufficient profit sharing, or glacial response time.  Coincidentally, during an SAP Mentor dinner where I spoke to chip.rodgers about traffic in Bangalore, he was fascinated by Google's ability to display real time traffic conditions here (given the above, quite a feat).  I've surmised this is a success story for Big Data, as minions of Android users supply real time locational data for the giant number crunchers to spin into red-yellow-green speed throughput heat maps.

SPK12118 Developing Smarter Manufacturing Mobile Apps on SAP MII

SAP Mentor dipankar.saha3 doing the latest MII story.

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Sethu M getting the SAP Mentor jersey latest edition (this time, made by SAP customer UnderArmour, based in my home town - small world indeed!)

All eyes on Sethu, except mrinal.wadhwa/blog/2008/10/23/hello-world, who was appointed official note-taker!

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SIS103 Security Control Center by SAP Active Global Support

My tweet during this session:

25 minutes onto #sapteched session SIS103 and no mention of HANA. Yay. Lots of Sol Man though Cc @jonerp @Gretchenl0703

There was no mention of HANA that I heard during the entire session, which is refreshing, and important, because not every SAP customer has bought (into) HANA, and even those that have adopted the new technology will still have many other systems that need care and feeding for years to come.  The thrust of this session was to describe improvements and advances in detecting and reporting security issues (e.g., "No kernel older than 6 months on all systems").  One phrase that stuck out was "Stay clean / get clean / security alerts".  Well said.

I'm hoping we can get this topic into an ASUG session for the next annual conference (hello gretchen.lindquist!), or failing that, a webcast.  As the lecture material spanned a full hour with no time for interaction, I'd suggest cutting out much of the Early Watch and Solution Manager details and focus on what operators and their managers need to know at a higher level - not that the screens exist, but how much of this overlaps classic reports like who has SAP*ALL or default password, and what new features are leveraged in this approach.  The expert guided procedures are often worth their weight in gold.

A name I "screen scraped" from the slides: fritz.bauspiess of SAP Security...

Meeting with maggiefox... [SCN "Member Since: Oct 2, 2013" 😉 ]

Also NDA, but I'll share an aside that somnath.manna brought up in our dive into SCN (hello julius.vondembussche, meet Maggie..): The Advanced Note Search Tool - like SNOTE, but better. That's a take-home for me.  A blog link for reference: Automated Note Search and Customer Code Detection

How can I do a TechEd event without bringing the spork to good use!

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CD1003 Shop Buddy - The Smart Health Indicator

All right, this technology is pretty scary, and I'm not (just) talking about the picture of Joe Consumer in the image below. As above, it's got to have HANA, it's got to have a cool UI, and it's got to have something else.  The paradigm here is the "shopper rewards" cards where you get an ID which gives you discounts on certain store items. In return, the store's computers get access to your complete buying patterns, including when you buy medicines, how often you purchase deodorants, and how much chocolate you consume per annum (abesh.bhattacharjee: "Chocolate"). But the additional wrinkle is that in order to supply you with better decisions (read: push specific products), consumers would somehow supply personal medical histories, such as cholesterol test results, to a big data base, that would allegedly help you get conforming substances.

That was my initial impression, but as I had no time before my next appointment to explore this topic in greater depth, I have the presenter's card, and will go at this another time.  My suspicion is a large electronic and media company would be a place where this might be deployed, but as there SAP back-end is rarely acknowledged publicly, you may never know about it.

All right, Jelena, here's the only other swag, and the only free stuff (except "SCN is 10" t shirts thrown to the crowd) that I've seen yet.  I could not get close enough to tell whether these are simple headphones, noise cancelling, or maybe MP3 players.  Anyone get one?

Who's hungry?  Me! Me! Me!

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POP262 Migration Tool from Double Stack to Single Stack Integration Scenarios

Well, I'll admit I skulked in the back of the room preparing the images for this blog more that I was absorbing information from the speaker. I wanted to get an overview of the tool and process, which I guess I did. In the Mentor magic tradition, may hands-on lab partner was SAP Mentor alum bhavesh.kantilal - perhaps he spotted me before joining my table...

Bhavesh drilling the instructor(s) -

All for now.  One more day of TechEd, then a short break before heading home to who knows how much snow.  It was 84 F in Bangalore today...

p.s. something for me (and you) to think about - UI5 stuff: What is OpenUI5 / SAPUI5 ?