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Trucks, Beer and Band-aid: Why SAPPHIRE NOW is buzzing about B2B and EDI

Guest post by Siddharth Taparia,  SAP

With Sapphire literally hours away, there is a lot of buzz about some of the areas that SAP has moved to in the recent months and new solutions SAP is offering to its customers. One such area is Business Networks and information exchange between businesses (B2B).

When SAP announced the acquisition of Crossgate Inc. in fall of 2011, there was a lot of interest and some (usual) skepticism from SAP’s customers. What does it mean for their current B2B providers? What is SAP’s strategy in Business Networks? Is SAP going to make a foray into the cloud based supplier and customer networks? How does B2B collaboration relate to the more common business social collaboration? Well, attendees both physical and virtual will get a lot of questions answered at SAPPHIRE NOW 2012.

To begin with customers will be able to listen to several success stories of real world companies using B2B integration solutions at SAPPHIRE. I will be hosting a panel on Wednesday at 2 pm with Jason Bannister from Johnson and Johnson and Corey Marshall from Molson Coors called “Move Your B2B EDI Strategy to the Cloud with SAP Solutions”. Jason will also be providing a deep dive on the J&J B2B story on Tuesday at 5:30 pm called “Improve Your Supply Chain and Procurement with EDI in the Cloud”. In addition, Giacomo Coppi from Artoni Trasporti will talk on Monday at 10:30 am about how Italy’s largest transportation provider is using SAP Information Interchange OnDemand to connect with their customers.

Sound interesting? Well this is just the start. There will be over ten micro forums, ASUG sessions, demo-theatre sessions and a dedicated discussion table (CL 515) and test drive area for customers to better understand, experience and learn about the full suite of Collaboration and Business Network solutions. You can meet these and other great customers and SAP experts on-site.Download this calendar invite to get all the sessions on your calendar.

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