By Jeremy Stierwalt
Service Line Director, Analytics
Optimal Solutions an NTT Data Company
At this time last year, we were preparing for the HANA Real-Time Race. Although there’s no competition this year, the energy in the Partner Showcase room feels the same. I was unfortunately only able to spend one day at the conference this year, but I certainly made the most of my time. I started off the conference with a stop by the Optimal Booth to drop off my bag a take a look around the show floor. Two words: BIG DISPLAYS! I’m not sure what it was, but the conference felt less like a traditional SAP conference (FKOM/Sapphire/BOUC) and more like a technology showcase. It was the first time I’d seen SAP applications that utilized Google Glass and mobile applications that look like video games.. I’m intrigued!
After running into a few friends and colleagues, it was time for lunch. Adam, Alison and I enjoyed a monster seafood platter at Public House, then it was right back to the show floor. Coming back from lunch I noticed the new Smart Vending machines that were running on HANA. I’m not sure how I missed them earlier in the morning, but they certainly caught my attention considering all the work we’ve been doing in the CPG/Retail vertical.
After a quick demo and chat with the product guys, I headed back to the booth. To my surprise, the AE we’ve been working with on a net-new account, stopped by to let us know we’d been selected as the implementation partner for a new Analytics project. Jackpot!
After a few more meetings, another round or two throughout the show floor, it was time for the Optimal Happy Hour. We sponsored the West region (SAP) this year, and spent a few hours socializing and talking shop, while others plotted out their evenings. Since I had to catch at red-eye to Tampa at 11:30 PM, I only had one more stop to make… Dinner
The dinner at Pinot Brasserie with EMC and the Optimal team was fantastic. You really have to appreciate good partners like EMC. Before I knew it, I was back in a cab to grab my suitcase and took a quick picture of the view from the balcony of my room at the Cosmopolitan. I wish I could’ve enjoyed it more. I was out the door and off to Tampa for Thursday Night Football w/ SAP. It had been a quick 29 hours in Vegas, but it was well worth the travel. Here’s to TechEd 2014! Hopefully next year will be just as great!