Conference Hopping / Amsterdam – Las Vegas

Monday, October 23rd, 2006 | Adobe, SAP, Technology, Web 2.0

I am sitting at the San Jose airport and waiting for my flight to Las Vegas. I actually just returned from the European SAP TechEd on Friday. It was a great event and we had a lot of Adobe related activities. I specifically enjoyed the SAP Developers Network day and showcasing Flex to SAP developers. Enrique Duvos, our European Flex evangelist, helped me with the sessions and I learned some more Flex Tips and Tricks. He also gave me a great presentation highlighting 10 reasons why one should use Flex to create Rich Internet Applications. I uploaded it on Slideshare, but the Adobe Myriad Pro Font got butchered in the process.

BTW Slideshare just opened to the public today (it is still in Beta), so try it out!

I also filmed some of the highlights of SDN day and SAP TechEd, but did not have a chance yet to edit and upload the video. The interest in Adobe technology was overwhelming and our booth was busy 8 hours a day. I had a good meeting with Eddy de Clercq. He created SDN World and we discussed how SDN World could be improved with Flex. I am hoping I can find a Flex engineer at MAX who is interested in this little side project. Talking about MAX, the Adobe customer conference… That’s the reason I am traveling again to Vegas (at least third time this year I think). I am very excited since this is my first MAX conference and people told me it is very energetic and lots of hands-on and ad-hoc techie stuff going on. I am particular interested in all session around Apollo (and obviously Flex). Even as an Adobe employee you sometimes learn more at a conference then back in the office. Next week I am having a workshop with SAP Research around Adobe technologies and MAX will be a good opportunity for me to get an overall update on interesting products and projects.

Also I am presenting at MAX. There will be an invitation only session (Wednesday 10:00 – 11:30am) for Adobe partners to learn more about the strategic partnership between Adobe and SAP and why this is relevant to the larger Adobe ecosystem. I am presenting together with Roman Bukary from SAP. If you are at MAX, work for an Adobe partner, but did not get an invitation please let me know and I will get you one.

I am also doing a cool Flex SAP mash-up demo as part of the MAXUP un-conference. Don’t know my time slot yet, but will update you later. It would be great to meet some readers of my Blog in person. Since I am Vegas regular, I know also a lot of good bars and restaurants :-)

Need to get into the plane now…

Update: My 15 minute presentation slot at MAXUP (5th floor of the conference center) is tomorrow (10/24) at 11:30am.

3 Comments to Conference Hopping / Amsterdam – Las Vegas

Jonathan Boutelle
October 23, 2006

Hey Matthias!

I’ve filed a bug for the font issue: we’re adding fonts to the system as we identify gaps, so this problem should get less severe over time.

Say “hi” to the craps tables for me!


Mark Milligan
October 26, 2006


What kind of SAP data will you mash up?


Matthias Zeller
October 26, 2006

I am getting customer data (ca. 5000 records) out of SAP and display it in a Flex datagrid. The user can select a customer and I did a mashup with Yahoo search so that search results are provided back to the Flex app. Additionally I use the customer data for some charting, displaying pie and bar charts based on countries and locations.
Here is a recorded version of that demo:

Together with our consulting partner Roundarch we also developed a more complex Flex app on top of SAP to handle customer support. A recording of that demo is here:

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