This is my 13th Sapphire and I still get excited by them. For me, it is old home week where I get to meet all the people I know, I’ve seen before, and sometimes those that I just get to read about. Since I’m terrible at names and faces, it is a struggle for me, but it is worth the effort. Even for the IBMers, I review the roster before I go to make sure I’ve seen the names. If I can tie the person to idea or something we worked on, I can almost always remember them.
I look forward to walking all the solution booths and listening to the pitches from each company. Some are great and inciteful.. Most are OK. A few don’t have clue what an SAP system is or will be. In that case, I just hope I got the wrong person. I’m not a fan of the professional showperson booths, but some are entertaining. I prefer to speak with the experts on the topic.
I’m not happy that some of my favorite vendors are not going to be at the show because SAP is limiting the application life cycle management (ALM) vendors at least according to the the exhibitor guide. I’m rather disappointed when IntelliCorp (http://intellicorp.com/), Realtech (http://www.realtech.com/wInternational/index.php), and Panaya (http://panaya.com/) are not permitted to attend and put up booth. I’ve seen 100’s of companies benefit from their tools. If SAP wants to beat them with better tools – go for it. I don’t like seeing software that benefits my clients being pushed out by marketing rules.
Specifically, for Panaya, I have a lot experience. They are part of the IBM SAP and Oracle Upgrade methodology and we’ve added them for automated manual testing. Specific to SAP, they are limited to ECC, but they do a great job and far better than Solution Manager. Now we are looking to work with them on Quality Management of SAP systems. There use of cloud and collecting the “wisdom of the cloud” or crowd-sourcing knowledge is leading edge for the SAP world. So why wouldn’t clients want to hear? Clients are happy to benefit from previous clients’ works and even share if they think they’ll get something back of equal or greater merit.
Beyond that, there are lots of great stuff coming from SAP, IBM, and others. If you want to hear a little more about IBM’s content, please follow my blog at IBM Insights on Business (http://insights-on-business.com/sap-consulting/ibm-at-sap-sapphire-in-orlando-june-3-5-2014/). I should get at least one more out before the show and a few afterwards.
I’ll be spending MOST of my time around the IBM booth area. Please do come by and ask for me, Chuck Kichler, by name. I’d love to hear what you think about this blog, about SAP, and about IBM, to discuss your problems or ideas, or just to say hello. Bring your business card, too. I’ll want to write what we discussed on the back, so I can remember you, and maybe we can even do some business.
And, yes, I am almost up to taking pictures and using Evernote Hello (http://evernote.com/hello/), but this seems a little too big brother for me at this point. If you are using it, can you let me know how people react to the picture part?
See you at Sapphire NOW in Orlando on June 3 – 5, 2014.