Record-Breaking Attendance Makes SAP TechEd ’06 Most Successful Ever

Record turnouts at SAP’s worldwide series of technical education events, skyrocketing membership in its global community of business process experts and a rapidly growing ecosystem of partners developing innovative solutions on the SAP NetWeaver platform underline the product maturity and global impact of SAP’s business-driven blueprint for SOA. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, SAP’s largest technical product education event of the year offered more than 900 hours of lecture-driven and hands-on sessions at each location: Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12 – 15; Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 5 – 6; Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct. 18 – 20; and Bangalore, India, Nov. 8 – 10, 2006. Attendance was strong in all four venues, with the largest increase in Bangalore, where conference registrations grew by more than 40 percent year over year, from 2,700 to 3,800.
Further underscoring the strong growth of the SAP ecosystem, SAP announced at SAP TechEd ’06 Bangalore that more than 60,000 people have joined the Business Process Expert Community, since its informal unveiling at SAPPHIRE ’06 Orlando in May, 2006, as well as the continued growth of its SAP Developer Network (SDN), with subscriptions surpassing 600,000. SDN is the central resource for developers, consultants, IT architects and technology experts within the SAP ecosystem to collaborate, share ideas and create solutions on the SAP NetWeaver platform and to contribute to the pool of shared knowledge among customers, partners, independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs).
“SAP TechEd brings the SAP ecosystem to life, and from Bangalore to Las Vegas to Amsterdam, SAP and our partners were energized around enterprise SOA,” said Shai Agassi, Product and Technology Group and member of the executive board, SAP AG. “From the outstanding attendance figures and excitement at each of the four shows in 2006, you can see the SAP ecosystem is thriving. SAP has the best collection of companies working around us and we will continue to enhance programs and expand offerings for our software solution providers, which will help them, grow their business and serve the needs of their customers. This year’s TechEd events demonstrated that the SAP ecosystem has an incredible level of interest in and commitment to learning more about SAP. Due to the outstanding response from our partners, you can expect to see a further expanded TechEd program in 2007.”
The event theme, “Empowering an Ecosystem of Innovation,” reiterates SAP’s commitment to execute on its enterprise SOA road map and to foster co-innovation across its customer base, partner organizations and SAP itself. In addition to the lecture and hands-on sessions, SAP also co-located several “add-on” programs – such as the Enterprise Services Partner Summit, Analytics Counsel and a CIO/CTO customer exchange – to some event schedules to help attendees further leverage their time during the event, and provided a venue for more than 200 exhibitors to showcase their products, services and solutions to attendees.
For those customers that couldn’t make it to one of the four SAP TechEd Events, SAP went on the road this summer with the SAP NetWeaver Technology Tour to nearly 50 cities in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the Asia-Pacific region, to meet with more than 10,000 customers to showcase innovative ideas shaping the enterprise application industry and introduce the latest developments in SAP technology, including the SAP NetWeaver platform and enterprise SOA. Based on this strong momentum and growing customer and partner adoption of enterprise SOA, SAP plans to expand the SAP TechEd series next year to five locations globally and has announced dates for SAP TechEd ’07 Las Vegas (Oct. 2 – 5, 2007) and SAP TechEd ’07 Munich (Oct. 17 – 19, 2007). Dates and venues for Bangalore and Tokyo and will be announced in the coming months.

Source: SAP AG