Bob Fucci is InnoCentive's SAP relationship manager. He has been at TechEd in Berlin this week, getting to know the European SAP community.
Greetings from Berlin! As I write this, TechEd Berlin is wrapping up. The conference was attended by more than 10,000 SAP customers, partners, and prospects. It's a great testimony to SAP customer loyalty and the "trusted advisor" status SAP has earned.
It is a very interesting and fluid community. People seem to be trying to foster and develop an atmosphere of creativity and independence while at the same time finding a meaningful contribution to corporate performance. It's quite interesting to see.
To my surprise, InnoCentive was the only SAP Partner highlighted by both Zia Yusuf and Leo Apothker during their keynote presentations. Both of them talked about the strategic nature of the partnership and urged attendees to visit our booth. SAP also announced that SDN members who register as Solvers will receive SDN points - a significant number of new registrations happened as a result.
At past SAP events, sales and customers drove the direction and the purpose of the discussion. The sales "white space" was filled with partners and the single focus is to sell more to clients. That's less true at TechEd. The premium is about education - the "white space" is new and different ways to collaborate. It is much more about "individual brands", personal stories, shared experiences and for InnoCentive the challenge to tap into that and build the story will be critical.
Our partner manager Martin Raepple, from SAP, won a "Top Achiever" award and was recognized in the keynote session. Congratulations Martin. Martin and I also posted a video that helps describe our partnership and our goals going forward.
Overall this event really opened my eyes to the opportunities presented by the partnership, and the enthusiasm of our global SAP audience. Thanks to my SAP hosts for a terrific week!