Just wanted to make sure that all Future Salon readers know about the discount that you can get when you register for the Accelerating Change Conference happening from the 5th to the 7th of November at Stanford. It is "AC2004-BLOGGER" all caps.
I mentioned already that Doug Engelbart is keynoting.
The other day Tony Perkins from Red Hearing fame who is now running the AlwaysOn network was visiting SAP and he at that time couldn't remember the name of the youngest member of the SAP board. Makes him only more sympathetic to me. Tony would refer to Shai Agassi as "that very articulate young man of yours".
With not even being 40 years old, he is a member of the SAP board. If I recall correctly he was the first non German to rise to the top at SAP. Tony is right, it is always a treat to hear him talk.
Now there are three chances in the next two months that I know of where Shai Agassi will keynote: He will talk at both SAP TechEd conferences the one in San Diego as well as the one in Munich and he will present his vision of the future at AC2004.
At each SAP TechEd around 5000 people are expected to participate everyone of them paying over $2000 to be part of it. Them being SAP technical conferences the keynotes will be geared towards that audience and contain lots of SAP mambo jambo, and rightly so.
Now compare that with the Accelerating Change Conference it will be in an intimate setting of 300 people, and Shai will have the opportunity to boldly paint his vision of the future of the world, the IT industry and enterprise software in particular.
I am always astonished about how few people realize the influence that SAP software has on shaping the world. "It's backend software", or even worse "SAP is just financials". Hello! Wake up call. SAP is running literally the whole company from end to end and with the growing interdependence of whole industries more and more of the whole process from raw materials via multi tear production to the enduser. All of that made possible through the ever more sophisticated SAP software. CEOs of the largest corporations are looking to SAP for guidance regarding what to do in the area of IT.
If you register for the AC2004 conference before the 29th of September, you will get the inside scoop directly from Shai Agassi for just $300. I am convinced that this will sell out especially if you check all the other excellent speakers. You better get your act together and sign up today, and don't come crying to me if you waited and didn't get a ticket :-)
I am really excited about this conference and hope to see you all there.