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As a follow up to my initial blog about Portal Innovations at SAP TechEd 2013 in Amsterdam, I’d like to share some early feedback and insights from our first day.

First impressions from the Amsterdam include very smart taxi drivers and event staff, typical November weather with wind & rain and the famous Holland bikes all over the place :smile:


Our day started with an exciting keynote and demos highlighting the “HANA Platform” and its impact on overall SAP technology stack (incl development environments), the SAP applications on premise (SAP Fiori Launchpad) / on the cloud (Cloud Extensions) and the endless opportunities for our partner ecosystem.

We had various interesting sessions starting with the big picture in the “Portal Portfolio Roadmap” to dedicated focus areas such as “Cloud Portal Overview”, “Portal 7.4 Overview” and the “Portal 7.4 Hands-On” sessions. All these session were pretty well attended with people queuing up in front of the doors to get some of the rare seats.

My main key takeaways:

  • Impressive quote of 9 out of 10 customer in the portal lecture (POP205) mentioned that are already running Portal 7.3
  • Mobile portal scenarios received hugh interest in the community – especially with the latest enhancements of Fiori integation, mobile App Gallery and personalizable launcher
  • Cloud Portal scenarios gaining momentum pushed by the keynote messages that highlighted HANA Cloud Platform for extension scenarios. Check out our tutorials and trials for details
  • Portal Deployment Options (classic on premise, via HANA Enterprise cloud and HANA Cloud Platform) brought up interesting discussions how the future model might look like - e.g. hybrid landscapes where Portal 7.4 is used as internal user experience platform (Intranet) and Cloud Portal for customer-facing extensions scenarios (Extranet). Details

Impressions from the Portal 7.4 hands-on, Roadmap Q&A session and Cloud Portal lecture:

After a busy convention we concluded the day with a nice team dinner and delicious Ravioli & fish in a small Italian restaurant.

We are looking forward to day 2 and further interesting sessions.

Please feel free to follow our live reporting via Twitter using #SAPPortal and #SAPTechEd.