The first thing to say is that Mike Prosceno and Stacey Fish have excelled themselves in providing us Bloggers high level access to senior SAP executives at this show. Beyond that, nothing seems too much trouble to sort out. Some examples - I hadn't picked up a pass for the underground and the trams, but Stacey gave me hers. When Mark Yolten overheard me saying I was hoping they would demo A1S, he went away to check it was happening, or to arrange it if it wasn't. In terms of logistics, food, the hotel, the evening meals, the entertainment - all great. As usual, I walk around this event and I don't want to imagine the total cost. I realise customers and partners pay their way, but a lot of resources went in to this, with very close attention to detail.
There are a few asides that have been worth recording. Charlie and I wished we had a camera to capture Mark Yolten's shoulder shrug when we were giving him a hard time over A1S. Mike Prosceno telling us to p*** off when we were pressing him over an A1S demo. Maggie Fox turning up to last night's dinner in the little black dress with the pearls, and Thomas describing it as the Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's look. The uncomfortable look on Mike's face when he had to explain to Manoj Ranaweera who was tagging along, that he wasn't invited to the special audience 5 of us had been granted with Henning Kagermann. James Governor doing a rather crazed video podcast during the evening reception yesterday. Craig Cmehill doing a live broadcast to the web of us bloggers at the bloggers corner, which was watched by 11 people who found out about it through James and Craig putting the URL on Twitter.
A few selected posts:
Craig Cmehill gets his T-shirt bill
Quotes from SAPPHIRE More quotes (I was there when Prashanth came out with his Gladiator impression, aimed at Bob Stutz who was late)
On Live TV
Why on earth did SAP invite me to Sapphire?
Live blogging Kagermann's Vienna Sapphire
Second Life is just another interface
SAP Sapphire short notes #1 (try 2 and 3 too)
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