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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started digging into show floor plans for SAP TechEd 2018 in Las Vegas and Barcelona. Come to find out, this year’s event, featuring the SAP TechEd Learning Journeys, takes experienced-based skill-building to a whole new level. 

“SAP TechEd gives people direct access to SAP experts who will answer their burning questions about making the intelligent enterprise real,” said Thomas Grassl, Vice President and Global Head of Developer & Community Relations at SAP. “We’ve designed the event to make it easy for developers and technologists to understand the innovations already being built on the SAP Cloud Platform, what solutions are involved, which skills they need to expand, and how they can best prepare to architect the future.”

Experience, access, learn

Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s radically  different at this year’s SAP TechEd show floor.

More ways to do hands-on and engage with our partners: Strategic partners are eager to share how to build and integrate using the latest innovations across the partner and SAP technology and service offerings. Topics include machine learning, mobile, data analytics and more. Attendees can catch all the action during demos and hands-on tutorials at the Partner Spaces inside the Developer Garage.

In fact, the Developer Garage has been transformed with even more opportunities to learn, network and be inspired. Participants can build new applications in 50+ one-hour Code Jams with the experts.

“The App space at SAP TechEd 2018 will be the first time anybody can explore and build using the just released SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment,” said Grassl. “This is a huge milestone, and we’re very excited to share this important capability with our community.”

Attendees can relax and reconnect with peers in the all-new Community Lounge that will also offer learning sessions. There will be space to take new headshots if someone wants to refresh their online SAP Community profile. For the ultimate hands-on security learning experience, attendees can compete to win the Capture the Flag contest. As always, prizes for all the challenges come from the well-stocked SAP Store.

Have some fun: Hop on the life-size battleship game for an exhilarating round, or swing by the Pose and Post corner for selfies with life-size SAP logo cut-outs.

Experience Intelligent Business: Attendees can discover the cascading impact of dynamically changing technologies on their careers. They can put on a VR headset or step up to full-size screens for a first-hand experience with intelligent business use cases at the Intelligent Enterprise Showcase. This fully immersive, interactive display of how global leaders envision intelligent business is just the beginning of the SAP Experience. Spotlights on the latest SAP innovations include SAP S/4 HANA Cloud, SAP C/4 HANA and SAP Leonardo.

Not sure where to begin? Content experts stationed just inside the doors at Information/Content Concierge will provide suggestions – hands-on workshops, road map deep-dives, small group sessions, demo-rich lectures and more -- to match someone’s individual interests.

Good-bye demo stations, hello conversations: Perhaps the biggest change to this year’s show floor are the numerous places to rub elbows with people in the know. Participants can stick around after Theater Talks for deep-dive discussions with the expert presenters. They can stop by Expert Bars in the SAP Experience section to find out how to apply SAP’s important innovations for greatest business value. People can settle down in comfy seating areas to brainstorm ideas and get feedback, building important relationships pretty much anywhere, anytime.

By the way, all 35 learning journeys across eight conference tracks at SAP TechEd are now available. Get the details about registration for SAP TechEd in Las VegasBarcelona and Bangalore. This is one conversation you don’t want to miss.

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