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SAP TechEd 2009 Phoenix: Special Report

This special report on SAP TechEd 2009 compiles information from SAP's annual event for hands-on SAP training and SAP technical information. Get ready for SAP TechEd 2009 Phoenix by checking out's in-depth resources on each conference track.

SAP TechEd 2009 is the annual event for hands-on SAP training and SAP technical information. The editorial team was there to cover the event from Oct. 13-15 in Phoenix, Ariz.

In addition to the latest TechEd news and resources, has compiled in this special report some of its in-depth resources on the topics of each TechEd conference track.



  Latest TechEd news and resources  

News from SAP TechEd 09:

  • SAP CTO Sikka: SAP's innovation gets overlooked At SAP TechEd 2009, SAP CTO Vishal Sikka sat down with to discuss trends he was seeing. Sikka, who oversees SAP's technology strategy and software development efforts, said that SAP must respond to the convergence occurring between social media, mobility, analytics and search technologies, particularly in addressing the realtime needs of customers.

    While companies like Facebook and Twitter have gained a reputation as leaders in innovation, he pointed out that it's much harder to spot innovation in large, established companies like SAP. Sikka also enumerated the benefits of designing in-memory applications, such as BusinessObjects Explorer, elaborated on where ERP software may be headed, and discussed shifts in how SAP builds and delivers software.


  • SAP and Novell team up to integrate GRC software with IT infrastructure
    SAP and Novell's joint GRC technology offering solves some major governance, risk and compliance automation challenges, spokespeople said at SAP TechEd 2009.


  • SAP TechEd Demo Jam 2009: Winners use beer keg in demo
    SAP TechEd '09's "Demo Jam" was met with an enthusiastic response from conference attendees. Get full coverage, photos and attendee feedback from SAP TechEd's Demo Jam.


  • SAP TechEd 09 keynoters: Managing change today like trying to board a speeding train
    Managing change is getting harder, say SAP TechEd 09 keynoters, with social media applications and mobile technologies taking the world by storm. When technology is on an exponential growth path, it takes futurist Ray Kurzweil to figure out where we'll be in a year.


  • SAP CTO expects today's SAP applications to be running in 2020
    Even though the pace of change for software is accelating, Vishal Sikka, CTO of SAP AG, expects many of the SAP software applications running today to still be running in the year 2020 -- if the software is developed properly.


  • Getting ready for SAP TechEd 2009 with tips from Jon Reed
    In this podcast on getting ready for TechEd, SAP Mentor and SAP analyst Jon Reed, who runs the SAP career-focused website, offers advice on getting ready for the event. He shares his thoughts on how you can make a business case to your boss for attending, what some of the hot topics will be, and which sessions are "can't-miss."

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  Business Intelligence (BI) and Information Management  

Check out the full BI and Information Management track agenda on SAP TechEd's main event page.

In the wake of SAP's acquisition of Business Objects, many SAP customers are updating their business intelligence strategy. This track promises in-depth coverage on BI, Business Warehouse (BW), data services and master data management. The resources below will provide relevant background information.




  Business Process Management (BPM)  

Check out the full BPM track agenda on SAP TechEd's main event page.

More companies are turning to business process management technology to automate business processes, optimize workflows and improve operational efficiency. This track will cover BPM as a discipline, enterprise modeling, workflow, archiving and SAP NetWeaver BPM.



  Custom Development  

Check out the full Custom Development track agenda on SAP TechEd's main event page.

Using the NetWeaver Application Server for ABAP, IT pros can create custom applications. In addition, SAP developers can benefit from the Java programming language targeted at integration and composition projects. In this track, SAP will cover ABAP development, ABAP for Java developers, user interfaces, and Java development with SAP NetWeaver.


Get tips and advice from application development expert Matthew Billingham.

Read his advice on application development or pose your own question to him or our panel of other SAP experts.



  User Productivity  

Check out the full User Productivity track agenda on SAP TechEd's main event page.

SAP's new strategy for developing mobile apps is to partner with mobile tools vendors. This track will cover mobile interfaces as well as SAP NetWeaver Portal and SAP NetWeaver Business Client.




  Application Life-Cycle Management  

Check out the full Application Life-Cycle Management track agenda on SAP TechEd's main event page.

SAP says that Solution Manager, its lifecycle management tool, will be a critical part of monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) used to justify price increases for Enterprise Support. This track will cover different uses of Solution Manager, as well as application life-cycle management tasks such as blueprint and system landscape design, testing, deployment, operations and change management.




  Security and Identity Management  

Check out the full Security and Identity Management track agenda on SAP TechEd's main event page.

Every organization faces the challenge of managing identities and roles in a consistent fashion and bulletproofing its SAP systems. This track will cover NetWeaver Identity Management 7.1, BPM and security, SAP Security Services and the role of security in SAP Java developments.


  • Viewing SAP transaction codes and profiles
    An SAP administrator is looking for a way to see what profiles belong to a particular T-Code. SAP security expert Corwin Slack weighs in.
  • SAP security guide
    This collection of security information from and its sister site,, can help you bulletproof your SAP system.
  • SAP security and compliance tutorial
    This Compliance and Security All-in-One Guide is a collection of resources designed to help SAP security professionals contribute to their compliance programs.



  SOA Middleware  

Check out the full SOA Middleware track agenda on SAP TechEd's main event page.

Companies continue to cite SAP application integration as a top concern in managing IT landscapes. In this track, SAP will lay out its SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI) roadmap as well as its Technology Portfolio roadmap, while covering SOA in practice and tactical SOA governance in an SAP environment.



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