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Sapphire Day 2 and 3 – A Chemicals Perspective

Day 2 and 3 started with inspiring keynotes from Jim (day 2), Hasso and Vishal (day 3). Jim nicely related nature to business – nature teaches us to constantly adapt and new species emerge, also the business world requires constant adaptation and creation of new business models to survive or …

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SAP can help shed Light on your Dark Data

Dark data … dark matter …dark dimensions… the dark side …what? I noted in my last post that Bill McDermott’s opening keynote at SapphireNOW on May 14’th made me start to think about a couple of things. One of them was his mention of Dark Data during the keynote and …

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New SAPPHIRE NOW SAP Support Videos

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference officially ended but there still is a huge amount of content available that can be consumed even now. At the event website you’ll find a SAPPHIRE NOW On Demand section where you can get access to numerous videos covering keynotes and other presentations. But …

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Joe and Ted’s Excellent Retail Adventure

When SAP retail industry solution engineers Joe Reilly and Ted Nowokunski set out for SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando 2013, they weren’t just heading for a convention center – – they were about to embark on a most excellent retail adventure.  In this short video captured live on the show floor, you’ll …

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HR Goes to SAPPHIRE

As I listened to this video of Board assistant Vlasta Dusil, a friend who overheard Vlasta speaking asked if she was speaking from a script. That’s how fluent she is. I grabbed Vlasta from the show floor and asked her to speak about the role of HR at SAPPPHIRE NOW. …

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What boggles the mind of an IT academic?

In addition to his day job as Professor of Management at Grand Valley State University, Simha Magal is a veteran of the SAP Mentor program (*to the uninitiated, the jersey he sports in the video below is the giveaway). Simha was at SAPPHIRE NOW to learn about the latest innovations …

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‘This is a different SAP’

In a video recorded live on the show floor at SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando, two gentlemen from HCL Technologies share their thoughts on the SAP innovations which are helping them to better serve their customers. A long-standing member of SAP’s partner ecosystem, HCL Technologies specializes in bringing IT and engineering services …

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The SAPPHIRENOW is attracting all of U~

Everyonein Orange County Conference Center is enjoying themselves in this ASUG’s “big show”. With more than 600 sessions providing customer best practices and lessons learned, you will find hundreds of exhibitors for SAP software, as well as service and support providers. The innovative products, services, and fresh perspectives offered at …

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SAPPHIRE NOW, Day 2: Jim Snabe, Tigers, Formula One, Cloud

After a whirlwind of information from SAP executives and customers yesterday (see my recap of Day 1), today was another action-packed day of keynotes, announcements, stories, and insights from every corner of SAPPHIRE NOW. So let’s get right into it, beginning with the morning keynote. Keynote: Jim Hagemann Snabe with …

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Giving Customers a Sustainable Enablement Strategy

Markus Schwarz, senior vice president and global head of SAP Education, made the annual pilgrimage to SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando to speak with customers and partners, and find out first-hand what their critical challenges are with regard to enablement. “What customers have on their mind is how to keep the skill …

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Demos to the left. Demos to the right.

In a seperate blog, I summarized all the Theater Sessions and Microforums happening today at Sapphire NOW in the chemical area. Now I want to let you know what awesome demo sessions are available today. If you are from the chemical industry, you won’t want to miss these incredible demo …

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Leaning In at SAPPHIRE NOW

“When are you going to start working normal hours?” One of the leaders at SAPPHIRE NOW’s roundtable discussion on gender diversity was asked this question once by her mentor. She had small children, and worked around their waking hours. “What’s normal?” she asked. “If normal means 8 – 8, then …

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Wrapping Up Day 1 at SAPPHIRENOW Orlando 2013

After we took you on a short ride through the yet-to-be-ready-show-floor on Monday with Mark Yolton, SAPPHIRE NOW has actually started. WOW. What a show. This is my first time attending SAPPHIRE and this is amazing! Seeing this huge show floor, the amount of attendees and the knowledge shared in …

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Welcome Back Otter

On his second day at SAPPHIRE NOW, Thomas Otter talks about his new role at SuccessFactors, where he will take responsibility for Employee Central. I ran into Thomas outside the keynote theatre as we hurried in to watch Co-CEO Bill McDermott’s performance. Dapper in a new blue Boss suit, striped …

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Use Data Better, Faster, and Cheaper to Drive Public Value

Heading to SAPPHIRE NOW to meet with enormously creative public officials who are applying the newest technologies to drive citizen services and make government better, faster and cheaper. It’s exciting to see the migration of private sector breakthroughs applied to assist cities and states. The congruence of new approaches in …

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Supply Chain Blog Series : S&OP at Colgate Palmolive

Yesterday at SapphireNow I enjoyed a great presentation from Jim Newkirk from Colgate Palmolive and Sunil Sanghani from Ernst & Young. Jim kicked the session off by explaining that Colgate are a truly global company with over  $17.1 billion in sales in 223 countries and territories, and 39,000 employees worldwide. …

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#SAPPHIRENOW Day 1: The Buzz about Business Networks

The birds and the bees do it. So do fish and elephants. And sports teams too. What are we talking about? Collaboration. That was the buzz today about business networks at SAPPHIRE NOW. SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott  kicked off with a lively discussion on the evolution of today’s business. Mobility, …

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