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5 Can’t-Miss Experiences at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference

April 27, 2015 by Tim Clark 0

If you’re looking to round out your agenda for this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual conference, look no further.

Here are five experiences you cannot miss.SAPHANA_SANOW

1. SAP S/4 HANA Exhibit

Attendees will get the full S/4HANA experience from discovery to adoption in theS/4HANA Exhibit. Located between the Business Networks and the Platform & Technology Campus, the SAP S/4 HANA exhibit will host 6 Demo Stations. Experts will be on hand to show the latest S/4HANA demos and attendees will be also be able to experience the “Boardroom Redefined” showcase which contextualizes the boardroom, places and devices into a real-time enterprise experience. Powered by SAP S/4HANA, it understands the past, predicts the future, and drives execution enabling leaders to monitor, simulate and drive change.

2. Debut of SAP Digital

Imagine solving your own business problem, in the moment it arises, with a solution from SAP. No RFP. No contract. No invoice. Just a 1-click online user agreement and your credit card. SAP Digital makes its debut at SAPPHIRE NOW – including demos of the first apps with “digital native” characteristics. “You want it now, you buy it now, you use it now,” says Jonathan Becher, Chief Digital Offer. “How simple is that?”

3. ASUG Hub

Be sure to stop by the ASUG Hub, located on the show floor, to sit in on dozens of key educational and influence sessions, take part in Special Interest Group community meetings, watch a live interview with ASUG and SAP newsmakers, and much more. ASUG staff will be on hand to tell you all about the amazing membership benefits and year-round activities that will help you get more value from your SAP investments. In addition, you don’t have to be an ASUG member to attend the educational sessions on the second and third floors at the Orange County Convention Center—all attendees are welcome to take part in the more than 500 educational sessions given by SAP customers who will be sharing their real-world experiences and lessons learned. Key topics covered during sessions include: SAP HANA, UX, SuccessFactors, BI andAnalytics, Change Management, Business Suite and much more.

“It’s really the best of both worlds,” says ASUG CEO Geoff Scott, of the co-located ASUG Annual Conference – SAPPHIRE NOW event. “On the show floor, attendees can kick the tires on all of SAP’s new products and hear from the experts, spend some time with SAP’s world-class partners and also take advantage of ASUG community-driven content in the ASUG Hub. Up on the second and third floors, everyone can engage with those SAP customers who are sharing their stories of challenges and successes and how they’re making the software work for their companies. You just can’t find that anywhere else.”

4. Value lifecycle manager

When it comes to HR sessions in the LoB campus, one demo that cannot be missed is the Value Lifecycle Manager (Session ID # 20660). Led by SAP’s Industry Value Engineering team, the Value Lifecycle Manager demonstrates the value and ROI of a company’s planned business transformation. In addition, attendees can learn to use the complementary SAP Value Lifecycle Manager service to benchmark processes, build a winning business case, and estimate quantifiable benefits of investments in SAP software. For more information about other can’t miss HR experiences, check out SAPPHIRE NOW Answers the Top Questions Human Resources and IT have about Cloud by Susan Galer.

5. User experience sessions and demos

There are over 80 user experience (UX) sessions at this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference with customers including The Walt Disney Company and Pacific Drilling. Sam Yen, SAP’s Chief Design Officer said attendees can speak with experts at UX demo stations within the Platform and Technology Campus and check out the latest demos of SAP Fiori, trial cloud edition and SAP Screen Personas 3.0. Yen also said it’s a good idea to attend one of the ASUG pre-conference sessions on Monday, May 4th. For more info, see the UX sample agenda available from the official SAPPHIRE NOW agenda builder and find all UX sessions by searching under “Featured Solutions.”

What experiences are you most looking forward to at this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference? Sound off in the comments below.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.

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