SAP Analytics Partner Test for Lumira Edge

I had a valuable experience seeing the future of SAP Lumira during a partner test at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the SAP Analytics partner test at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California for SAP Lumira for Teams (see related article, It’s here! SAP Lumira Edge Server) and the forthcoming SAP Lumira add-on for the SAP BI 4.1 platform (see related article, Planned Native Integration of Lumira into BI Platform Details). What I saw was covered by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA- shhh!) and may or may not end up in future releases of the software.

It was professionally gratifying to me to take part in the partner test, as I’m not normally the person on the team who gets to attend such events. The partner test opportunity is free, but be advised that SAP does not pay for travel expenses. If your organization is an SAP partner, these partner tests are a great way for your entire organization to stay ahead of the game. In addition to you and your organization getting an official participation letter (see below), these partner tests are an opportunity to have valuable face-time with the SAP product managers, who you may or may not also get to see at a user conference. Several partners at the event I attended sent multiple employees. Be sure to spend some structured time debriefing your management team on what you learned, plus some brainstorming time about aligning your organization’s sales and marketing efforts to the new information.

There will be more partner test opportunities at multiple SAP locations around the globe- not only for SAP Lumira but also the Analysis client tools and the BI4.1 platform . Check out the SAP Analytics Partner Test schedule for topics, location, dates, and sign-up.

SAP Partner Test 03 Participation Document

I didn’t think of taking a class photo until partners started disappearing. I’m sorry if I missed getting you into the group photo. But it was great making new friends and LinkedIn connections.

SAP Partner Test 05 Attendees

From left to right, our hosts Adrian Westmoreland, Olivier Duvelleroy, me, Thomas Kuruvilla, and Radim Bacinschi. These guys are really passionate about analytics.

SAP Partner Test 06 SAP Crew with Dallas

The State of California wants you to be safe, if not a bit fearful about their pollution. I generally don’t think about “reproductive toxicity” very often. Sadly, this was my first visit to California that I was not given a Ford Mustang upgrade at the rental car counter.

SAP Partner Test 07 Warning

I got to try wireless device charging at a Palo Alto Starbucks. I can’t wait for Starbucks to roll out Duracell wireless charging to the rest of the country.

SAP Partner Test 01 Starbucks Charging

I tasted my first In-n-Out Burger during the trip. Highly recommended.

SAP Partner Test 02 In-n-Out Burger

The SAP Labs cafeteria had free Pinkberry yogurt. I enjoyed some mango and vanilla swirl on SAP’s outdoor patio before returning to the ice and snow of southwestern Ohio.

SAP Partner Test 04 Pinkberry

 Have you attended a SAP analytics partner test? Share your stories below.

2008 Business Objects Partner Summit

Thoughts from the 2008 BusinessObjects Partner Summit

I’ve arrived at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, site of the Business Objects Partner Summit 2008. This is the first Partner Summit held in conjunction with the Business Objects Sales Kickoff, so it will be an opportunity to network extensively with the Business Objects sales force.

Today was the first day of the conference. Unfortunately, the juicy product stuff is under NDA. But I attended a great presentation called How To Give Compelling Demos by Peter Cohan. You can order his book, Great Demo!: How To Create And Execute Stunning Software Demonstrations, from

During one of the general sessions, Bernard Liautaud (Business Objects founder and chief strategy officer) spoke live via satellite phone with Pete Collette, a sales consultant for Business Objects in Australia. Pete is rowing the Atlantic solo – a pretty awesome feat. You can read more at Atlantic Solo Challenge.

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Going to 2008 Business Objects Partner Summit

I’m headed to my first BusinessObjects Partner Summit!

Does what happens in Vegas really stay in Vegas? The upcoming Partner Summit 2008 will be my first trip to Sin City.

Join us for Partner Summit 08 where for the first time it will be held in conjunction with our Worldwide Sales Kickoff conference to allow our partners access to our internal sales tools and training.

Looking forward to seeing my friends in the sales, sales consulting, and partner communities. See you at the Bellagio!