SAP TechEd 09 Keynote Address Liveblog

  • Craig Stasila:8:57 amonOctober 13, 2009

    If you missed anything, check back for the full blog posting at

  • Craig Stasila:8:55 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Well, that’s it. The keynote speeches are over. I hope you enjoyed following along with the DataXstream’s first foray into liveblogging. Make sure you check back tonight at 11pm EDT (8pm PDT) for our liveblog of the Demo Jam.

  • Craig Stasila:8:53 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Ray’s parting shot: Even life expectancy is growing exponentially.

  • Craig Stasila:8:52 amonOctober 13, 2009

    2029: An intimate merger
    $1,000 of computation = 1,000 times the human brain
    Reverse engineering of the brain complete
    Computers pass the Turing test!!
    Skynet goes online (OK, I made this one up)

  • Craig Stasila:8:48 amonOctober 13, 2009

    There are only about 800 million bytes in the entire genome and it can be compressed into about 50 million bytes. The brain is made up of about 25 million bytes of data.

  • Craig Stasila:8:45 amonOctober 13, 2009


    The brain is getting reverse-engineered.  Individual brain components (e.g. visual cortex, cerebellum, etc.) are getting reverse engineered by researchers.

  • Craig Stasila:8:44 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Ray is now on Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is all around us, but we’re too accustomed to it to notice it.

  • Craig Stasila:8:42 amonOctober 13, 2009

    They already had this technology in the 80s. I saw Innerspace (

  • Craig Stasila:8:41 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Someday you will have millions or billions of nano-engineered devices coursing through your body keeping you healthy.

  • Craig Stasila:8:40 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Miniaturization is another exponential trend. “What used to fit in a building now fits in my pocket. What fits in my pocket now will fit inside a cell in a few years”

  • Craig Stasila:8:39 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Ray is now going over how the exponential growth in technology power is also mirrored by exponential decrease in price. RAM, processing power, human genome decoding, wireless devices. All adhere to the exponential growth curve.

  • Craig Stasila:8:38 amonOctober 13, 2009


    Ray thinks we’re due for a new paradigm shift away from flat integrated circuits.  He’s been talking to Intel about their development of 3D processors.  I’ve not heard of this before, but it sounds very cool.

  • Craig Stasila:8:34 amonOctober 13, 2009


  • Craig Stasila:8:32 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Some critics say that exponential growth can’t go on forever. Ray counters that by saying that there can be periods of relatively slow advancements, but over time, progress will catch up.

  • Craig Stasila:8:29 amonOctober 13, 2009

    You may think that he only picked events that matched his theory. But, now he’s showing another graph comparing his viewpoints with 15 others. There is a very high correlation.

  • Craig Stasila:8:27 amonOctober 13, 2009


    From life to now, this chart shows how life and technological advancements have followed a constant, exponential growth.  Both axes are logarithmic.  Very cool, indeed.

  • Craig Stasila:8:24 amonOctober 13, 2009


    As big as a washing machine.  Stevie Wonder bought one.  In 2002, it was still a desktop device.  Now, it is a cell-phone based app.

  • Craig Stasila:8:21 amonOctober 13, 2009

    It took 10 years to bet the first billion phones in the market. Now 2/3 of the world’s population has them!

  • Craig Stasila:8:20 amonOctober 13, 2009

    “The tools of disruptive change are in everybody’s hands”

  • Craig Stasila:8:20 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Technology is a democratizing force. Back in the day, you had to be a recording studio or movie studio to create content. Now a couple of hundred dollars can be used to create great content.

    • Craig Stasila:8:18 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Back in the 70s, Ray projected that the two-thousand user ARPAnet would grow into a million user internet in the 90s. Umm. Yeah. I saw that coming, too!

    • Craig Stasila:8:17 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Exponential growth even applies to solar energy. Solar energy may be a fringe player now, but Ray sees it growing.

    • Craig Stasila:8:16 amonOctober 13, 2009

      This exponential growth is unaffected by any financial or other external pressures.

    • Craig Stasila:8:15 amonOctober 13, 2009

      There are many underlaying properties of technology (MIPS, # of bits, # of genomes typed). Regardless of the property, technology follows a smooth exponential growth.

    • Craig Stasila:8:13 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Not many pictures right now. Ray is just standing in one place and talking.

    • Craig Stasila:8:12 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Only 10 years ago, people barely used search engines.  Now we can’t live without them.

      I’m always amazed how true genius can point out the obvious and make it sound profound.

    • Craig Stasila:8:10 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Using the human genome project as an example of exponential growth in technology.

    • Craig Stasila:8:09 amonOctober 13, 2009

      And progress is getting faster…

    • Craig Stasila:8:09 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Your phone in your pocket is a thousand times more powerful and million times cheaper than a computer from 40 years ago. “What fit in a building 40 years ago, fits in your pocket today”

    • Craig Stasila:8:08 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Ray thinks genes are software written in COBOL.:-)

    • Craig Stasila:8:08 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Oh Ray! Retalling the story of how Viagra was developed and discovered. Got a few chuckles from the crowd.

    • Craig Stasila:8:06 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Ladies & Gentlemen, Ray Kurzweil

    • Craig Stasila:8:06 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Vishal is done. Last parting shot: “Timeless Software”

    • Craig Stasila:8:05 amonOctober 13, 2009


      Vishal’s only slide.  All the rest were just pretty pictures.  Notice the public clouds in the lower right.  SAP is looking to be able to be run on public clouds in the future.  Currently there are development and test systems on public clouds.  Getting production systems on public clouds is coming.

    • Craig Stasila:8:03 amonOctober 13, 2009


    • Craig Stasila:8:03 amonOctober 13, 2009

      “Change is the fundamental dimension in which we all live”

    • Craig Stasila:8:02 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Cestbon “listens” for business content on your computer and links to it. You can hop straight from Cestbon to the data in SAP.

    • Craig Stasila:8:01 amonOctober 13, 2009

      The presenter is British and doesn’t like the frenchies. Demoing Cestbon–An Outlook integration example.

    • Craig Stasila:7:59 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Example #4: Ambient, Real-Time Systems

    • Craig Stasila:7:59 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Six blade servers = 1 Nehalem processor.

    • Craig Stasila:7:58 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Vishal is talking about optimization across all layers. This relates to hardware manufacturers (memory, processors, blade servers). Modularity is making optimization happen.

    • Craig Stasila:7:57 amonOctober 13, 2009

      All the demos were very cool. As a geek, I would love to check out the technology involved in each one.

    • Craig Stasila:7:57 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Excel integration now being demoed. The 166 million records can’t be loaded to Excel (for memory reasons). The solution allows the end-user to drill down and get the data from SAP as needed.

    • Craig Stasila:7:55 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Business Objects Explorer being demoed. Crunching through 166 million records. The example is trying to be green by reducing paper and electricity.

    • Craig Stasila:7:55 amonOctober 13, 2009


    • Craig Stasila:7:53 amonOctober 13, 2009

      A Dilbert Example! Wow, the pop-culture touchpoints never end!

    • Craig Stasila:7:52 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Example #3: Coherent Visualization of Massive Information. Looking at Coherent Modularization.

    • Craig Stasila:7:50 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Containers need not only modularity, but also locality of design.

    • Craig Stasila:7:49 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Now talking about SOA and its growth. Using it as a basis of modularity and coherence.

    • Craig Stasila:7:49 amonOctober 13, 2009


      Too many tools on the stage… (ahem)

    • Craig Stasila:7:47 amonOctober 13, 2009


    • Craig Stasila:7:46 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Live tracking of tools being checked in and out of the tool crib.

    • Craig Stasila:7:45 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Aircraft mechanics were using SAP, but equipment check-in check-out took too long via SAP GUI.

    • Craig Stasila:7:43 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Example #2: Extending Information into Physical Systems. SAP runs on aircraft carriers. I hope they bring one in…

    • Craig Stasila:7:42 amonOctober 13, 2009


      Google Wave and SAP!  So happy together.

    • Craig Stasila:7:42 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Cutting edge technology BCE edition: Rosetta stone. Using the analogy to show that we need to be able to work with others

    • Craig Stasila:7:38 amonOctober 13, 2009

      They’re pulling out all the stops!!! Google Wave! Google Wave isn’t complying with the demo. “Thank god that’s Google software and not SAP!” Big crowd laughs.

    • Craig Stasila:7:37 amonOctober 13, 2009

      The example is now showing our good-ole familiar SAP GUI showing the timesheet approval process for the contractor timesheet application

    • Craig Stasila:7:36 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Containers need to be extended. Either to SAP applications or to other Web 2.0 applications.

    • Craig Stasila:7:35 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Another ooh-ahh moment! iPhone timesheet app.

  • Craig Stasila:7:34 amonOctober 13, 2009


    Content separated from applicatons

  • Craig Stasila:7:34 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Oh Snap!!! Cloud computing!! The example is running through a container. The backend is on Amazon S3

  • Craig Stasila:7:32 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Example uses managers, contractors, and purchasing department.

  • Craig Stasila:7:32 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Examples of design thinking, and separation of intent and optimization.

  • Craig Stasila:7:31 amonOctober 13, 2009

    An example of intent being separated from optimization: A painter does not need a scaffolding to paint a building, the scaffolding optimizes the process.

  • Craig Stasila:7:29 amonOctober 13, 2009


  • Craig Stasila:7:29 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Next, the intent needs to be separated from the optimization.

  • Craig Stasila:7:28 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Techies need to start with “design thinking”. Start with end-user in mind. “Start from the screen and work backwords”

  • Craig Stasila:7:27 amonOctober 13, 2009


  • Craig Stasila:7:25 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Content is independent of containers in long-lived systems

  • Craig Stasila:7:24 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Looking back at the IT industry, a new, major language emerges about every ten years. While Java will be around for a long time, we’re due for a new major language. SAP thinks that Ruby is the future. Ruby reached 1 million developers faster than any other programming language in history.

  • Craig Stasila:7:22 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Vishal is teasing Ray Kurzweil’s speach on how the rate of change is increasing. Moore’s law gets a shout out.

  • Craig Stasila:7:22 amonOctober 13, 2009

    There are hundreds of SAP customers that have been using the software for over 30 years. None have left SAP. Vishal is highlighting the change that the companies underwent and how SAP changed with their customers.

  • Craig Stasila:7:20 amonOctober 13, 2009

    SAP has been around for 37 years. Have worked with over 85,000 customers, tens of thousands of partners, and tens of millions of users.

  • Craig Stasila:7:19 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Vishal isn’t going to be focusing on the technology. He’ll be focusing on… “change”. Do you sense a theme?

  • Craig Stasila:7:18 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Dr. Vishal Sikka, CTO SAP is now on the stage. He is the first of two keynote speakers.

  • Craig Stasila:7:18 amonOctober 13, 2009


    “Welcome to TechEd 2009. You are the star of the show”

  • Craig Stasila:7:16 amonOctober 13, 2009

    Zia is really pumping up “the community”. The SAP user community is almost 2 million strong now.

  • Craig Stasila:7:16 amonOctober 13, 2009

    “After the PowerPoints, it’s time for action” SAP wants the BPEs to make it happen! I already feel pumped. Let’s go out there an do this!!!! Oh wait, the Keynote hasn’t even started yet.

  • Craig Stasila:7:14 amonOctober 13, 2009


    • To enter a new market, business process have to change. SAP’s emphasis on Business Process Expert community will pay dividends.

    • Craig Stasila:7:12 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Zia is giving an example using Dunder Mifflin as a “well-run company”. Perhaps he hasn’t seen The Office…

    • Craig Stasila:7:11 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Zia is telling the conference attendees that we are the agents of change–A very person-centric focus.

    • Craig Stasila:7:11 amonOctober 13, 2009


    • Craig Stasila:7:10 amonOctober 13, 2009

      The world is changing. SAP is changing.

    • Craig Stasila:7:09 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Change is constant. Michael Jackson gets a shout-out!

    • Craig Stasila:7:09 amonOctober 13, 2009

      On the stage now: Zia Yusuf, Executive Vice President, Global Ecosystem & Partner Group, SAP

    • Craig Stasila:7:08 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Inspirational Video: “Clarity is a necessity”.


      SAP: “It’s time for a clear new world”

    • Craig Stasila:7:06 amonOctober 13, 2009

      And away we go. Lights down. Check. Ominous Music. Check. Inspiring Opening Video. Check. Can you feel the excitement?

    • Craig Stasila:7:05 amonOctober 13, 2009


      The crowd is filling in nicely.  Sorry guy-behind-me for accidentally flashing the camera in your face TWICE before I snapped one without the flash.

    • Craig Stasila:7:03 amonOctober 13, 2009


      Uploaded from backup backup plan.  This is from my iPhone.  Doug, Adam, Tim say “hi”

    • Craig Stasila:7:00 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Cell phones off, y’all!

    • Craig Stasila:6:59 amonOctober 13, 2009


      Pictures will be slow, but here is a teaser

    • Craig Stasila:6:57 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Five minutes to go. With me are Tim Cooper, Doug Foss, and our good friend Adam Blum from Grom & Associates

    • Craig Stasila:6:55 amonOctober 13, 2009


      Here we go!

    • Craig Stasila:6:49 amonOctober 13, 2009

      We had an awesome setup to capture pictures from the event, but it relied on the conference WiFi. We’re working on a backup solution now.

    • Craig Stasila:6:48 amonOctober 13, 2009

      The conference public WiFi isn’t working. I have to be working on backup off of my Verizon Aircard, so posts may be a little slower.

    • Craig Stasila:6:47 amonOctober 13, 2009

      First take from the keynote address. The welcoming music is horrible, but we’ll survive

    • Craig Stasila:6:45 amonOctober 13, 2009

      Welcome to the DataXstream Liveblog of the SAP TechEd 09 Conference Keynote address

About Craig Stasila

Craig Stasila is a senior partner consultant with DataXstream, LLC. He has over twelve years of experience with SAP integration and is an innovative leader who is familiar with current advances in technology, especially in cross application interfacing.

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