SAP User Conference: Getting Ready for Tomorrow’s World

November 18, 2013 by Jacqueline Prause 0

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Sven Denecken is one of the speakers at this year’s UKISUG event. (Photo: SAP)

Where might you go to meet other SAP customers from across the UK and Ireland to find out how they are maximizing their SAP investments? Or to discover which technologies they are evaluating for the future of their businesses? Or even to get firsthand insights from SAP experts about emerging technologies and what they could mean for you?

If you are an SAP customer in the UK or Ireland, you won’t want to miss out on the annual conference of the UK & Ireland SAP User Group – so register now! The event is being held next week in the city of Birmingham.

UKISUG: Knowing what you need for tomorrow’s world

The UK & Ireland SAP User Conference 2013 is the premier event for the UK & Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG). And it is the only event in the region that is designed by users for users – which means you can expect to hear an honest and open exchange about the impact SAP software is having in real businesses. This year’s theme is “Tomorrow’s World”. Craig Dale, CEO of the UK&I User Group, explains what’s behind this message, “It’s about creating the future together and preparing organizations for the change they will surely face in the next 3-5 years.”

 

Next page: Preparing organizations for change

The conference program contains 16 tracks covering key technologies, concepts, and industries to help SAP users manage change in their organizations. More than ever before, customers will have the opportunity to share their own experiences, as well as interact firsthand with SAP experts on advanced topics like SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP Fiori, predictive analytics, SAP Lumira (if you’re not sure what this is, try the free trial), and social business. The analytics and cloud tracks have been expanded for the event and include presentations from SAP’s own Timo Elliott, Innovation Evangelist SAP, and Sven Denecken, Vice President Strategy Cloud Solutions SAP. “We have brought in a high level of expertise for the event, including customers relating their experiences and SAP experts,” says Dale.

The venue for this year’s conference is the ICC Birmingham, located in the heart of the UK and conveniently accessible by motorway, rail, or Birmingham’s international airport. The event kicks off on the afternoon of Sunday, November 24, with sessions like the “80 Minute MBA”, the latest survey from the SAP Listens customer satisfaction program, as well as practical sessions with SAP solution experts and developers. Sunday wraps up with a networking reception in the evening.

Sessions on cloud, analytics, HR, and more

Monday starts with plenary sessions, leading up to an afternoon of knowledge-sharing, where you can choose from sessions among 16 tracks of current interest topics, including mobility, analytics, cloud, human resources, payroll, improving your user experience, SAP Active Global Support, and social customer relationship management. Sessions will be given by SAP customers to share their experiences and tips for optimizing SAP in their workplaces, as well as deep dive sessions by SAP experts detailing best practices and presenting technology road maps. During the day, you can unwind with a visit to the exhibition hall, where you will find more information for your next IT project.

Next page: Jim Hagemann Snabe to deliver special keynote

The day concludes with a special keynote from SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe, who will talk about the economic environment and challenges for companies in Europe and globally, and SAP’s innovation strategy.

Tuesday morning starts with a motivational keynote and personal message from Mandy Hickson, one of the first female pilots to serve in a front line Tornado GR4 squadron during the conflict in Iraq. Throughout the day, you can attend practical sessions, such as “Configuring SAP for European VAT,” “Lowering TCO for an SAP HANA implementation,” and “Leveraging Mobility in the Supply Chain.” In the afternoon there will be a special “Payroll surgery” session hosted by the full SAP Payroll team – so bring along your queries!  Find out what’s on the program for you.

Father Ted and My Hero star Ardal O’Hanlon hosts gala dinner

At this year’s conference, the User Group celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner, hosted by Irish comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon, best known for his roles in television sitcoms Father Ted and My Hero. A wonderfully entertaining dinner show is planned with performances by Nina Conti, Mawa and the Melo-D, and Lady V Saxophonist.

Haven’t registered? Not to worry! There is still time to join the event. Find out more at: http://www.sapusers.org/conference/

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