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  *Live and In-Person Events Complement and Deepen Our Online Connections *

SAP Community Network (SCN) is frequently lauded for our success (https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/Community/SAP%20Community%20Network%20Success%20Story%20Center) creating a vibrant online community and effectively leveraging social media (http://www.sap.com/about/newsroom/press.epx?pressid=12827). But as you know, an important part of our community is the offline component, the physical events like SAP TechEd (http://sapteched.com/), SAP TechTour (http://sapteched.com/techtour/), and SAP SAPPHIRE (http://www.sap.com/about/events/sapphire/index.epx)NOW, where you can hear from executives and industry thought leaders in person, as well as meet your fellow community members face-to-face.

Just last week I was in my former hometown of Philadelphia to give the keynote at SAP Solutions Tour (https://www.sapevents.com/SAP/SolutionsTour2010/index.cfm?fuseaction=site.Home&iLocationID=10030), a series of events held in 12 locations across North America melding SAP TechEd content with our field sales presentations and demos of the latest business solutions. It was a great opportunity to meet customers and partners in person – more than 250 attendees at the Philly stop, from roles in IT (60%) as well as other lines of business (40%) – and discuss SAP’s strategy for a clear path forward (http://www.sap.com/community/showdetail.epx?ItemID=20211) during times of accelerated change.

 

 

*Please Join Us in Frankfurt or Florida! *

These themes are echoed in this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW (http://www.sap.com/about/events/sapphire/index.epx) – the next-generation iteration of SAP SAPPHIRE which blends the online and offline worlds through two physical gatherings and a global online experience utilizing social media and community tools. Come join me at SAPPHIRE NOW, held May 16-19 in Orlando, Florida (http://bit.ly/bHm0ix) (co-located with the ASUG Annual Conference) and May 17-19 in Frankfurt, Germany (http://bit.ly/9lYEZN). Both locations will have real-time connections, expanding your opportunities to hear first-hand about SAP’s strategy, attend sessions to learn more, dive into product experiences, see partner offerings from across the globe, and connect in person with your peers.

 

*ch-ch-ch-Changes … and How (not) to Respond * We’ve been talking a lot about change recently, both internally at team meetings and externally at events like these. It’s inevitable that things will change, and at a faster pace than ever before. But we can’t stick our heads in the ground and ignore that change is happening, nor can we simply cross our fingers and hope for the best. While these reactions may be instinctual or even comforting, they’re not effective ways to face change. Without a viable strategy to address changing times, companies can quickly become irrelevant or extinct.   Last month’s Winter Olympics (http://www.vancouver2010.com/?olympics) in Vancouver offered several inspirational and instructional approaches – winning strategies for addressing change head-on. Athletes like the alpine skiers and speed skaters showed us how they *+acknowledge+* changes (like crashes on the ice or worsening snow conditions) and *+identify+* threats and opportunities (looking for the right time to pass a competitor). Years of training and competition taught them to be *+prepared+* for any situation, allowing them to be *+agile+* and +adapt+ as needed to *+respond+* to the changing conditions with clarity of vision and purpose.     *SAP Itself Has Thrived Through Its Response to Decades of Dramatic Change *

Over 35+ years, SAP has seen waves of change in the marketplace and in our company. We’ve responded through ongoing evolution of our product suite to become the #1 business software company on the planet entrusted with our customers’ core business practices and functions. In these 35 years, we’ve shown our ability to adapt and respond to challenges and changes around us. And more importantly, we’ve shown our continual focus on our customers’ businesses and our goal to help them be “best-run businesses.”

No matter what changes in the world around us, or at SAP itself, there is one constant you can rely on: SAP is committed to your success. We want to be your trusted partner, navigating the road together.  At SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the opportunity to hear more about how the pillars of our strategy are designed to help you be successful now and in the future, by capitalizing on the last 35+ years of history, and moving the old way of doing business into a flexible and agile process to help you smoothly adapt.

 

*Big SAPPHIRE NOW Themes Build on +Timeless Software+ *

If you were at SAP TechEd a few months ago and heard Jim Snabe or Vishal Sikka give keynotes on “timeless software,” you will recognize the genesis of our current themes.  As our new {code:html}co-CEOs have laid out{code}, SAP’s key priorities include delivering innovation On Premise, On Demand, On Device, with Orchestration. This allows progress by different layers of technology at different speeds in order to balance stability/predictability with responsiveness/agility, and is achieved by:

 

  • Scaling your core business through efficient apps and infrastructure
  • Enabling flexibility and innovation  through extensions from the SAP ecosystem
  • Extending  your reach and allowing agility to innovate and collaborate
  • With Orchestration as a critical component to ensure the various layers interact in concert and offer consistency to ensure reliability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Harald Nehring
    Mark has covered it nearly all. Additionally you can find most of SAP’s technology products (NetWeaver, Solution Manager, TDMS, Duet, …) in the “Line of Business” campus’s “Information Technology” area focusing on four main topics: process orchestration, application lifecycle management, enterprise information management and business user productivity.
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  2. Harald Nehring
    Mark has covered it nearly all. Additionally you can find most of SAP’s technology products (NetWeaver, Solution Manager, TDMS, Duet, …) in the “Line of Business” campus’s “Information Technology” area focusing on four main topics: process orchestration, application lifecycle management, enterprise information management and business user productivity.
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