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SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando is over – and I’ve heard it was yet another stellar event. Sure, you might want to argue I have to say this, since it was my company’s event 😉 . However, when looking at the great rapid-deployment solution session recordings available online, I really get excited about this, even without having been there. So, whether you haven’t had the chance to attend this year’s event in person, or if you simply missed out on this session, I would like to encourage you to tune in and view the replay of the rapid-deployment solutions broadcast studio session “minimizing risk and maximizing value with rapid-deployment solutions”.

What I really liked about the session was the style – not your typical 60 min event presentation, but a 20 min short, quite entertaining and easy to follow, casual interview style. This is very refreshing, especially since it’s sometimes tough to keep yourself from multitasking when listening to a replay.

And then there was great insight from our customers Doreen Kendo, Managing Director of Operation Support for Westinghouse, as well as Mike Elmore, CIO of Ace Hardware. Both did a fantastic job explaining key benefits and challenges of their companies during the selection and implementation process of their rapid-deployment solutions – there is nothing more insightful than hearing success stories directly from our customers. And because at the end of the day, you really want to get good information and learning’s out of a session, I can tell you this is time well spent.

What came out loud and clear during this session was to avoid the typical urge or demand for customization. Customize where absolutely necessary to keep your competitive edge, but since rapid-deployment solutions include best practices and defined business processes, it really comes down to managing expectations and process changes with the users. Mike Elmore really summarized it well when saying “I want a coffee cup for a dollar” and not all the bells and whistles that can be done but are mostly not even necessary.

So pour yourself a nice cup of coffee (don’t be shy to make it a fancy one), and listen to this insightful replay to learn more how SAP Rapid Deployment solutions can help your company grow – one business process at a time!

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