May 13 2009

SAPPHIRE 2009 Day 2 Part 1

Categories: 2009 SAPPHIRE - Orlando Dave Rathbun @ 8:14 am

This morning started out well. I had a 7:30 meeting scheduled, which I made because the shuttle bus started running yesterday at 7:00. It turns out this morning they started at 7:30 instead, so I was late. Good start to the day, yes?

I’m listening to the keynote right now. One of the things they do at SAPPHIRE that we don’t do at the Business Objects conferences is they simulcast the keynotes on video screens throughout the conference arena. So I am comfortably sitting in the SAP Mentor corner of the press room, watching the keynote and planning out my schedule for the rest of the day.

First up is a talk from Timo Elliott, who may very well be the Business Objects employee with the longest tenure at this point. Timo is employee #8 :) and has had the unique opportunity to watch the BI market mature from inside one of the primary contributing companies for a very long time. I didn’t get to attend many sessions yesterday as the day was taken up by a few meetings, so I hope to see some today. So, back to schedule planning…