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With Vegas in the review mirror, we turn our attention to TechEd Barcelona (October 7-10). As we’ll be able to hear the ocean lapping and the unmistakable sounds of the beach such a short distance away, it will be hard to keep our focus. Luckily, we have an Analytics program that could distract a Catalan from an FC Barcelona match! Well, maybe not quite. But if TechEd Las Vegas was any indication, we’ve got an incredible experience to offer.

My recommendation would be to start your conference off with one of the many Special Interest Activities that are happening on Monday, October 7. For the SAP Analytics enthusiast, I recommend the SAP Analytics Cloud Hackathon Awards followed by the Augmented Analytics in SAP Analytics Cloud session, happening consecutively in the afternoon so it’s possible to attend both. More information, including how to attend, is available at the end of the blog.

On Tuesday morning, Juergen Mueller’s keynote is a can’t-miss session. Check out the talk he gave in Las Vegas to get a feeling for the gravitas of his announcements. Once the keynote is done, it’s time to head off to the first of many sessions. The Applied Intelligence learning journey is teeming with lectures, strategy talks, hands-on labs, and road map sessions that cover all of SAP Analytics. No matter what you’re level of knowledge, there’s plenty of content for you. But don’t take my word for it, hear from my colleague Aba who curated our learning journey.

If all those options seem overwhelming, may I suggest one session per day that encapsulate what is happening with SAP Analytics and where we are going:

On Wednesday, spend some time with SAP experts on the show floor. Our Applied Intelligence track bar has seven different pods (including SAP BusinessObjects!) staffed at all times with specialists just itching to share their knowledge, help solve a problem, or give a demo. We also have interactive demos, like the SAP Digital Boardroom, if you need to shake it up and get the blood flowing. And make sure to join the Celebration Night on the Barcelona beachfront Wednesday evening to ask the SAP folks all the really hard questions in a casual environment.

Before you catch you flight on Thursday, stop by booth 41 and leave a review of your favourite SAP solution. It takes about 10-15 minutes to capture your feedback in a survey and when your review is published, you’ll receive a $25 Amazon e-gift card via e-mail provided by TrustRadius. Not going to SAP TechEd Barcelona? No problem! Simply write a review using this link and we’ll extend the same offer.

That’s a pretty full schedule I’ve laid out above but if you have time, I’d love to meet you on the show floor. Please stop by the Applied Intelligence pod and say hello. And before you leave home next week, leave a comment below about what you’re looking forward to at TechEd Barcelona. See you there!


SAP Analytics Special Interest Activities

These SIAs are free, but space is limited so reserve yours today without any further ado!


Augmented Analytics in SAP Analytics Cloud
Monday, October 7
14:00 – 16:00

Augmented analytics is one of the hottest trends in the analytics market these days. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies infused in business intelligence (BI) and enterprise planning workflows can drive more confident decision-making throughout your organization. SAP Analytics Cloud offers leading capabilities in this area, from natural language processing to automated discovery of hidden insights and predictive analytics for non-data scientists.

This SIA is designed as a roundtable discussion for senior BI and analytics professionals to engage with SAP thought leaders and your peers and exchange about the latest and greatest innovations with Augmented Analytics in SAP Analytics Cloud. It will give you an opportunity to discuss the use cases and best practices that are most appropriate for applying these innovations across lines of business in your organization.

Please contact Thierry Audas to reserve your seat.


SAP Analytics Cloud Hackathon Awards
Monday, October 7
15:00 – 17:30

Analytics Designer is a new capability of SAP Analytics Cloud. Analytics application designers can create centrally governable analytic content, ranging from dashboards achieved through guided analytics to sophisticated Planning and Smart applications. In return this will delight your end users with fully customized analytics apps and the ability to use them embedded into the desired environment.

Join us for snacks and drinks and enjoy hearing about some of the most exciting business use cases of fully customized analytics apps, presented by SAP partners. You will get a sneak preview of real partner solutions built using SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer. Learn about analytics apps for BI and planning scenarios that were created by the winning partner teams of our hackathon this summer. There will be an awards ceremony following the partner presentations.

Please contact Mario Farag to reserve your seat.