SAP TechEd is a sprawling conference with over 600 potential learning sessions. Plan your sessions to navigate the conference better—and don’t forget to try out the new Hands-On Learning Labs. Remember to bring staples like comfortable shoes and business cards. Finally, determine which restaurants and fun activities you want to participate in during your stay in the city.
SAP TechEd is the place to be for professionals who want a chance to brainstorm alongside the best and brightest in the industry and figure out the best steps through hands-on sessions, speaking engagements, and other similar events. SAP will be offering up intelligent business solutions at this massive conference that will be a hotspot for professional networking on September 24 through September 27, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A conference as huge as SAP TechEd can be bewildering at first if you don’t have a plan of action. After all, with 32 learning journeys and over 600 sessions, there’s a lot of the hustle and bustle you need to wade through to get to what will help you and your organization most. That’s why we’ve aggregated our best tips on how to survive SAP TechEd in Las Vegas. Good luck!
SAP is offering a new format for learning at this year’s TechEd conference—Hands-On Learning Labs. These special sessions are a first-come, first-served set of training that occurs each day during a four-hour period of the conference.
These self-paced learning labs cover a variety of topics, so it’s best to check the schedule in advance. You can add these labs to your conference agenda on the SAP website, as well as other courses and events. Don’t miss out on anything you find important during these few days.
Some topics available as Hands-On Learning Labs include:
Each lab has expert help available to you in case you have any questions.
As you’re creating your agenda, choose a pre-made learning journey from one of the 32 available options direct from SAP. Doing so ensures that you get the most bang for your time and money. These journeys are divided into six key session tracks to help you narrow down your desired path. They also have the option to choose directly from the catalog in order to build a custom learning journey that’s perfectly suited to your needs.
Among the session tracks available are:
Then, in each of these session tracks are journeys. For example, some of the available journeys in the Applied Intelligence track include:
Which sessions you find most worth your time will be entirely dependent on your job and the stage of digital transformation of your company as well as the size of the business. Some hot topics to be on the lookout for are SAP Data Hub: Data Integration with Enterprise Applications and Develop an End-to-End Intelligent Process for an Intelligent Enterprise. Both of these are included in the “Master integration technologies uniting your intelligent suite” journey in the Integration Out-of-the-Box session track.
There are a lot of ways to learn at SAP TechEd, from demo-rich lectures, lightning talks, strategy talks, coding sessions, strategy sessions, and more. It is very important to look ahead of time at what you’d most like to do and what will be beneficial for your company in order to flesh out your agenda. Otherwise, you’ll likely do a lot of walking around trying to figure out where to go and what to do next.
The most critical step in figuring out how to navigate SAP TechEd is setting your agenda ahead of time, which you can do on the SAP conference website. Once you have a fully fleshed-out schedule, you’ll be able to quickly check your map near the end of a session and make a path to your next course.
It may also be helpful to have a printout of your agenda and a highlighter with you so you can verify where you’re at in your journey, what’s next, and the best path to get there (especially in case your phone dies—which we’ll cover in just a moment!)
Remember, though, to leave yourself time to stop and network if that’s relevant to your business goals! Similarly, there will be time and social activities after the conference to further your connections.
Things you don’t want to contend with during the conference because they could waste highly valuable time and opportunities: shoes you can’t stand to walk in and a dead phone battery.
If you bring nothing else to SAP TechEd, be absolutely certain you pack these three things:
Other relevant items to bring include:
After a long day at a conference, it’s nice to be able to de-stress over a delicious meal. Similarly, it’s a great way to cement new bonds with potential partners and other business contacts. In the fine dining realm, you have Kabuto, Edge Steakhouse, e by Jose Andres, Ferarro’s Italian Restaurant, and many more.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, you’ve got Juan’s Flaming Fajitas, Omelet House, Mr. Mama’s, and Fat Tuesday. With plenty of local fare and chains alike in Las Vegas, you’ll have plenty of options available at any price point.
Plus, if you want to get get some exercise and give back to the community, you can show up a couple of days early on Wednesday, September 25 for the Diane Davis Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk.
Of course, Las Vegas has plenty of opportunities for fun, from museums and exhibitions to its notorious casinos, so it’s great to look ahead to see what tourist sites might attract your attention while you’re in town.