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SAPPHIRE NOW 2011 is just a week away (I know!) and its time for the hardest part of them all – creating your agenda. Sure, you need to prepare sessions and wrestle with shaky developer machines but at least thats a linear task. Choosing from so many different sessions is a daunting task. Personally, I try to create a mixture of SAP sessions from my good friends in product management and ASUG customer sessions showing real live customer success stories. 

Again – these are my personal choices, but I think that if you are interested in User Interface, this is a good starting point.


Monday Lessons Learned at P&G: Employee Self-Service – What You Need to Know about Custom Portal and SAP Home Page Framework Implementations  As i’ve said before – Customer sessions are always a good way to learn about new developments.
Monday SAP NetWeaver Portal Component Road Map and Future Directions  
Monday Consumer Challenges to Enterprise Software A sesion with Ike Nassi, Chief Scientist of SAP is never dull…
Monday A New, Intuitive, and Integrated User Experience with SAP Business All-in-One If you want to see what the Business Suite will eventually look like, taking a look at BAiO is usually a pretty good indicator. A very innovaitive team.
Monday SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3—Make the Best Out of Your Portal!  
Tuesday ASUG SAP NetWeaver User Interface Influence Council Update Headed by Karin (“The BITI Hammer”) Tillotson of Valero, ASUG and SAP Mentor fame and myself.
Tuesday HCM Innovation Highlights: SAP’s HCM Road Map for the Future A place where very interesting things are happening.
Tuesday SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 On-Device – Sneak preview into the latest developments in area of SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 This is just a sneak preview, but a very interesting one. Leveraging existing portal content for mobile applications.
Tuesday An Introduction to SAP Travel OnDemand This one is cool. Seriously. 
Tuesday Implementing Business-Owned Communication with SAP Enterprise Portal      Another customer story which looks promising.
Tuesday SAP Workspaces: Evolving Today’s Portal to Personal User Productivity Solutio SAP Worskpaces for portals is one of the the newest solutions around UI for Portal customers. 
Tuesday A Closer Look at All the Greatest and Latest Features of NetWeaver Portal 7.3  
Tuesday Content Management and Web Content Management with SAP NetWeaver Portal  
Tuesday POWL (Power Work List) and FPM (Floorplan Manager) – Extending the Power of ABAP Uis Any session by Thomas Jung is usually a full house session. Dont miss it.
Tuesday SAP Software for Everyone: Workspaces, Mobility, and Beyond If you are interested in a quick and thourough overview of everything SAP has to offer in the UI area, this session by Andrew is what you need.
Wednesday Project “uPods”: Renovating User Productivity for Your Professional Users in 2011 More details below
Wednesday SAP Portal Influence Council  
Wednesday Discuss, Decide, Deliver: Collaborate with SAP StreamWork With more and more applications integrating StreamWork into the business processes, you should be aware how you can leverage this tool for your organization.


Another session worth noting is the SAP User Interface Strategy session. For those of you who dont know what a strategy session is – these are small meetings, usually between 5-10 people to discuss specific topics. It is a session where we (NetWeaver Product Management / Solution Management) want to hear from you about your pain points. There is a very limited number of seats for such session, so if this is a topic which you care about and would like to discuss with us – here is the link to register.

Also important to note – many SAP UI colleagues will be attending SAPPHIRE. If you would like to meet us to discuss your UI needs and questions, understand better the SAP roadmap around UI, etc. Just drop me a mail or a message through twitter and we will do our best to set it up.

Last but not least – As some of you know, I have been working (together with a dedicated team of engineers) on a project codenamed “uPods” for the past two years. This project (usually referred to as “#evilplans”) is not yet ready for production, but we have been making large progress, especially with several dedicated pilot customers. During SAPPHIRE, we will be showing some of the extremely cool innovations involved in this project, where the NetWeaver Business Client, NetWeaver Gateway, HTML5, On-Demand and good ole’ Dynpros get together. Below is a sneak preview of the new login screen. Dont miss it!


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  1. Former Member
    You have picked out some excellent UI sessions Yariv!  I have at least one of them on my schedule ;-).  See you next week!

    Best Regards,


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