In the last couple weeks, I have been at two very different events. The first was SAP TechEd 2010, this year in Las Vegas, NV. The second was the Winshuttle User Group (WUG), which I will cover in a separate post. This was Winshuttle’s first time exhibiting at TechEd in the US, so we really didn’t know what to expect. The TechEd event is really focused on the technical side of the SAP world, versus the more business focused side at Sapphire and the SAP Insider meetings. I actually explained TechEd to my wife and other non-SAP friends as Nerd-apalooza for the SAP world.
Winshuttle has always focused on the business user. We want to make their SAP life easier and let them use Excel, Access, Forms, etc. as the interface to SAP. The business users love this idea because it makes a difference in how they accomplish their daily tasks. The more technical folk in the SAP world may not see how this would affect the average user. The interactions we had with Basis administrators, ABAP Programmers, System and Solution Architects, and a lot of people who could only identify themselves as “IT” were constructive. They saw value in our TRANSACTION and QUERY tools, but felt they are better suited for someone else. What they found interesting was our new products, especially DIRECT. I talked to a couple of ABAP programmers who had been looking for an easy way to use a SAP BAPIs without writing a custom transaction to allow the users to use it, so they really liked the Excel front end to the BAPI. We also got great feedback on the new FORMS product from the IT people. They had seen Adobe Forms and wanted something faster and easier to use.
There was also some great feedback on what the technical side of the house needs from Winshuttle in the future. This kind of feedback is how how our CENTRAL, SERVER, and FORMS products all came to be, so we always welcome comments and suggestions from SAP users. If you have any, feel free to send them along.
After many conversations and demos of our products, TechEd 2010 was in the books and we headed off to the next event, the Winshuttle Users Group. A recap of WUG will be the focus of my next post.
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