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Last week’s SAP on Hana announcement Hasso Plattner asked “is it still in Orlando” referring to SAPPHIRE NOW, which is co-located with ASUG Annual Conference.  The answer is yes, it is still in Orlando, May 14-16.  For sure his question took me back to my very first SAPPHIRE, which was held in Los Angeles.  Back then Hasso Plattner was the keynote speaker to kick off the event.  At the end of the great USC Trojan Marching Band performed, and we followed them through the LA Convention Center. Rod Stewart was the concert act.

Which brings me to this – when to come to ASUG Annual Conference this year?  I saw this question on Twitter and I wanted to respond:

There is a task force of ASUG Volunteers working on pre-conference sessions for ASUG Annual Conference and while the final selections are not official, I hope you will consider coming early to ASUG Annual Conference to attend a pre-conference session.  This year some of the proposed sessions are not just by SAP, but actual SAP customers.  ASUG, as the “voice of the customer”, sees the value of sharing customer stories, as part of the education, networking, and influencing.  Last year I wrote about the great pre-conference session we had with SAP’s Ingo Hilgefort

SAP Mentor Tobias Hofmann said in his blog  “While on the ASUG sessions you get an in-depth view on the current problems SAP customers have and how they solve it, SAPPHIRE shows you what to expect from SAP in the near future. ”  Jim Spath, ASUG Volunteer/SAP Mentor, discusses what is ASUG Annual Conference with Tom Raftery

Additionally there are usually other events like last year’s ASUG Leadership 2.0 luncheon, featuring ASUG CEO Bridgette Chambers and 4 time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie:

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So save the dates, Monday May 13th, ASUG Pre-conference Day and the rest of the week May 14-16 for ASUG Annual Conference.

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