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Earlybird Discount for HR 2013 Has Expired…But There Are Still Many Good Reasons to Attend

[UPDATED January 27, 2013.  Earlybird discount expired January 25, 2013, and the title has been changed accordingly. However, the original unedited blog text is retained below, which includes a partial list of expected guests and the content they intend to present.  Please note therefore, the text below contains original references to the earlybird discount which is now expired. The list of guests and intended presentation content remains accurate.]

Sure, it’s true that all of our budgets, especially for training and travel, are tight, so any opportunity to save some money on world-class education is nothing to sneeze at.  But while the discount is certainly a good reason to get your registration in for HR 2013 today, it’s not necessarily the best reason. This conference is dedicated to SAP HR customers–it’s all HR education, all the time, for 3 ½ days. 

One of the best things about this conference is the number of SAP customers presenting their real-world accounts of HR projects and initiatives in full detail—the good, the bad, and the lessons learned along the way. Take a look at some of the customers on deck to deliver case studies:

BNSF Railway delivers a frank account of how it overcame the challenge of re-blueprinting when some of the functional specs changed during the realization phase of its SAP Learning Solution implementation

Kennametal provides insights into its strategy for fixing broken core processes in its global enterprise compensation management (ECM) system

Kiewit Corporation shares lessons from its deployment of SAP Org Visualization by Nakisa to iPads and other mobile devices

Remington Arms explains exactly how it facilitates data transfer between SAP and SuccessFactors in the company’s hybrid landscape

Mannington Mills shares its secrets for integrating two acquisitions into its SAP time and payroll system—in just four years, with only one full-time resource, and no consultants

Microsoft shares its strategy for managing data more efficiently across payroll and accounting

Tyson Foods provides insight into its approach for overcoming seven significant objections its operations managers had to using an electronic recruiting system (SAP e-Recruiting)

University of Kentucky explains how it used SAP ESS to streamline open enrollment—which previously required 7 data entry processors and 2 managers working up to 40 hours per week for 8 weeks

Norfolk Southern describes the process and tools it used to automate payroll reports and eliminate payroll and tax reconciliation errors

Peabody Energy provides a detailed walk-through of its best practices for using digitized documents and forms to achieve a truly “paperless” HR organization

American Airlines describes the tool and process it created that makes QA testing for its HCM system significantly faster

Valero Energy describes how its HR and security teams partner to deal with security problem areas, such as extremely sensitive transactions, client copies, user cloning, transfers, and duress terminations

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If this whets your appetite for HR education, check out the full program at

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