For the record, Rush has produced 24 gold records and 14 platinum records (3 of which have gone multiplatinum), placing them in the top 3 rock bands for the most consecutive gold albums. Total worldwide sales approximate 40 million units.
Clearly, Rush has always been cool – even if questionable wardrobe choices and quirky song titles like “The Temples of Syrinx” suggest otherwise.
And then it hit me: When, exactly, did SAP become cool? Like Rush, has it taken SAP decades to gain the admiration and respect it deserves from the industry-at-large? Or has the company always been cool despite some of its missteps?
Whatever your take, the cool factor at SAPPHIRE NOW 2013 was certainly off the charts. Here were a few of my favorite things:
- Behind the Scenes at SAPPHIRE NOW (Yes, there really were 20,000 in attendance and 80,000 online participants according to SAP’s Chief Marketing Officer, Jonathan Becher)
- SAP HANA Powers Ultimate Fan Experience
- Hasso “HANA myth-buster” Plattner
- Fake Bono
- Jim Snabe’s “survival of the fittest” keynote
- Fred McCloud
- Joe and Ted’s Excellent Retail Adventure
- SAPPHIRE NOW Show Floor Tour with Mark Yolton, Senior Vice President of Digital, Social and Communities for SAP
- Van Halen. Oops, that was last year.
Is SAP cool? What were some of your most memorable SAPPHIRE NOW experiences?
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