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SAPPHIRE is fast approaching and is the biggest SAP conference of the year. SAP, partners, customers and SAP Mentors will be rubbing shoulders and expanding their knowledge of SAP, its products and what is going down in the SAP world. And with the recent SuccessFactors acquisition done and dusted, there will be a whole host of related information being released into the public domain for the first time.

As a new SAP Mentor – something I am honoured to have been appointed – I was delighted to get offered the opportunity to go to SAPPHIRE in Orlando. And could I turn it down? You betcha I couldn’t. So, I’ve booked my flights, dug out my party pants and gone through the agenda.

I thought I would share my choice of sessions for the event, to help those who haven’t yet planned their agendas or aren’t yet finished. Since my interests are in Talent Management and Nakisa, there is an obvious undertone in the sessions that I have chosen. However, despite my bias I tried to choose a broad selection of sessions that are worth attending, but the sheer volume of overlapping sessions makes it difficult to choose a small batch.

All of the sessions are listed in the SAPPHIRE Now Agenda Builder and you can search for the sessions I’ve selected in this link.

Monday

Time

Event

Location

8:30am – 10am

ASUG Keynote

Broadcast Center 1

10:30am – 11:30am

Roadmap for HCM – An Overview of What Is Planned for SAP HCM in 2012 and Beyond

S320H

10:30am – 11:30am

HCM & Success Factors Integration Scenarios [requires additional advanced registration]

S320

10:30am – 11:15am

Integrate Your Talent Management Processes

Run Better Microforum RB112

11:30am – 11:50am

Leveraging the SAP HANA Platform for Predictive Analytics [demo] [repeated on Tuesday 4:30 – 4:50pm]

Database and Technology Demo Theater

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Case Study: Best Practices for Integrating SAP HCM with Success Factors Talent Management at 11:30

S320G

1:30pm – 1:50pm

Achieve Better Business Results with SuccessFactors BizX Suite

Cloud Theater

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Reinventing HR OnDemand: Co-Innovation between SAP and Customers

S320H

3pm – 4pm

What Keeps HR Executives Up at Night? Panel discussion with Jason Averbook, Jarret Pazahanick, Martin Gillet, Steve Bognor and Jeremy Masters

S320H

3pm – 3:45pm

Improve Insight through Organizational Visualization by Nakisa

Run Better Microforum RB112

4:30pm – 6pm

SAP Keynote Presentation with Bill McDermott

Broadcast Center 1

Tuesday

Time

Event

Location

8:30am – 10:30am

SAP Keynote Presentation with Jim Hagemann Snabe

Broadcast Center 1

10am

SAP Keynote Presentation with Lars Dalgaard

11am – 11:30am

Better Together: SAP and SuccessFactors [panel discussion]

Cloud Theater

11am – 12pm

Real-Time Reporting in HCM: Leveraging the Latest Analytical Content Delivered by SAP

S320H

11am – 11:20am

Big Data Made Easier with SAP HANA: Making Sense of the Capabilities [demo]

Database and Technology Demo Theater

12:30pm – 1:30pm

How the Next Generation of HR Professionals will Experience SAP: Learn About the HCM Core Renovations Being Developed by SAP

S320H

1pm – 1:45pm

Move Your Core HR to the Cloud

Cloud Microforum CL504

1:45pm – 2:45pm

SAP Customer Connection for Human Capital Management (HCM)

S319

2pm – 2:45pm

Drive Business Success with Goal Alignment

Cloud Microforum CL504

3pm – 3:45pm

Drive Your Top and Bottom Lines with Cloud-Based BizX Suite [repeat from Monday]

Cloud Microforum CL504

3pm – 4pm

Death to the PowerPoint Monkey – New Ways to Engage Your Users for Training

S330C

3pm – 3:20pm

Improving Business Execution Through Cloud-Based Talent Management

Run Better North Theater

3:30pm – 3:50pm

Employee and Manager Self-Service: The User Experience

Run Better North Demo Theater

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Leveraging the SAP HANA Platform for Predictive Analytics [demo]

Database and Technology Demo Theater

4:45pm – 5:15pm

Best Practices for Achieving a Higher Return on Investment (ROI) for SAP HCM

S320H

5pm – 5:20pm

SAP’s Cloud Strategy: Run Better, Run Faster

Cloud Theater

Wednesday

Time

Event

Location

8:30am – 10:30am

SAP Keynote Presentation with Hasso Plattner and Vishal Sikka

Broadcast Center 1

11am – 11:20am

Drinking Our Own Champagne: SAP Moves to the Cloud

Cloud Theater

11am – 11:45am

Engage, Retain, and Develop Your Talent with SuccessFactors Learning

Cloud Microforum CL504

11am – 11:45am

Enhancement Package 5: The Benefits for Human Capital Management (HCM)

Run Better Microforum RB112

1pm – 1:45pm

Real-Time Analytics for Small and Midsize Customers, Powered by SAP HANA

Database and Technology Microforum DT220

1:30pm – 1:50pm

SAP HANA for Everyone

Broadcast Center 2

2pm – 2:30pm

Integrated Talent Management: A Business Imperative [ft. Jason Averbook]

Run Better North Theater

2:30pm – 2:50pm

SuccessFactors Performance & Goals Delivers Better Business Results

Cloud Demo Theater

3pm – 4pm

Getting an Education: Implementing SAP’s Enterprise Learning for Lockheed Martin

S320G

3pm – 4pm

How SAP E-Recruiting Can Improve the Candidate Experience and Bring Talent Management Efficiencies to HR

S320H

3pm – 3:45pm

A Better User Experience in the SAP ERP Human Capital Management Solution

Run Better Microforum RB112

3:30pm – 3:50pm

150-Year-Old Company “Runs the Railroad” with Integrated Talent Management

Cloud Theater

4pm – 4:45pm

Predict, Plan, Execute, and Analyze Workforce Success with SuccessFactors

Cloud Microforum CL504

4pm – 4:45pm

Talent Management: On Premise, Cloud, or Hybrid?

Run Better Microforum RB112

Further Homework

The SAPPHIRE NOW 2012 Preview on the SAP.info website is worth a read to get a bigger picture

If Cloud is your thing then you should check out SAPPHIRE NOW Cloud Campus: 6 Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss by SAP’s Carolyn Brock which highlights 6 Cloud sessions that you should be attending. Four of the sessions that Carolyn mentioned are included in my list above.

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    1. Luke Marson Post author

      Thanks for your comments Vasiliy. I’m sure that link is going to be useful for some people that can’t attend. I might also be able to sit in a session and watch another session simultaneously 😉

      While this is fairly rich, I really did struggle to find many HCM sessions that didn’t cover Talent Management and/or SuccessFactors. I think I saw 1 or 2 Payroll sessions but nothing really on OM/PA or Time. While I’m not so interested in those, I’m sure there is a demand out there.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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