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My Tuesday Schedule at SAP HR 2013-Looking Forward to Learning!

With the start of HR 2013 just a mere week away, on Tuesday February 26th, you may be wondering which sessions you should attend. I find it easiest, if I start with the tracks that are of interest to me, it helps me to at least get focused on what sessions might be in my interest as well. Obviously, I’m not restricted to one, two or any specific number of tracks, but at least I’ve got a good base to work from as I plan my schedule for the week. As I review the tracks, a few stand out for me:

Track 1-Strategies for HR Leadership and Process Improvement. I come from a very lean HR department, so while I may not want or need to focus so much time and energy on leadership. However, with such a lean department, I do need to make sure that at least part of the week is spent looking at ways to continue to do more with less. I’ve got a good start with my Pre-Conference Workshop “The 2013 complete guide to the functionality, updates and future roadmap for SAP ERP HCM solutions” by Jean-Bernard Rolland of SAP, but I definitely need to try to find some other sessions for process improvement.

Track 3-HR Service Delivery-Although my employer does not currently use ESS, I try to pull one session from this track every year in preparation for the day where my manager, the VP of HR, asks me to build a case for ESS. So I’ve added that to my list-at least one ESS session, unless my Pre-Conference Workshop covers the topic in depth.

Track 4-HR infrastructure and system administration-Normally this track might be one I would pass by entirely, but in the past year, I feel like Org Management hasn’t been given the attention I need to give it-that may be a topic for a blog of its own, but for now, I just need to really keep an eye out for a session regarding Org Management.

Track 8-HR implementation, enhancement, and upgrade projects-I am really interested in looking at enhancement projects, but even more important to me personally, is that it’s the track where my session is-but that is a topic for another day.

Now, as I said earlier, if I see a session in another track that really interests me, I’m not ruling it out, but I certainly want to focus my energy and attention on tracks 1, 3, 4 and 8. So let me talk about my schedule for Tuesday, February 26th. A couple of things to keep in mind-in the past I’ve made the mistake of selecting a session simply based on the title. While I find the title is generally an accurate description of the topic, it may not always be. So make sure that you read the entire description so that you are in a session that benefits you. I may change my schedule, and often do, so don’t be surprised if I tweet (@SAP_HR_Guy) from another session.

First session on Tuesday is “A detailed look at the new user experience for core SAP ERP HCM on-premise” by Robert Moeller, SAP Labs (Track 4). I’m really looking forward to hearing more about HR Renewal, and how it might help me and my organization, especially regarding improvements in effectiveness and efficiency. Although I’m not attending, I also strongly recommend two speakers that are presenting at the same time. I’ve never been disappointed with a session by Danielle Larocca and or Doug Whittle, and I’ve heard Danielle speak on reporting before, and she really knows HR reporting inside and out. I mentioned in my blog yesterday, Doug Whittle provides a unique view of the people side of HR.

Second for Tuesday will be “7 tips to optimize your organizational management (OM) processes and structures” (Track 4), presented by Kellie Fitzpatrick. As with some of the others, Kellie is a long-term speaker at this conference and I’m really hoping to take a fresh look at my current org structure configuration and find a way to improve it. Kellie should give me the pointers I need to get my org structure back on track.

Third for Tuesday is “Ensure accurate and meaningful employee analyses with these expert PA configuration tips” (Track 4) by Danielle Larocca. As I mentioned earlier, Danielle is a long-time speaker at this event, as well as an accomplished author. I’m really looking forward to her discussion regarding customer-specific status field. I’m aware of the field, and even how to change it, but I’m really looking forward to a chance to hear how other SAP customers are using this field to help with analysis.

Finally on Tuesday, I’ll be attending a Case Study: “BNSF centralizes its training for 40,000 employees using SAP Learning Solution” (Track 2). This is a joint session with Ruthe Douglas and Mary Beth Shatto.  I’m particularly intrigued by the ability to consolidate from 9 systems to 1 in 10 months. My company uses SAP Training and Events Management, and would love to switch to the SAP Learning Solution at some point, this will give me some exciting tips and tricks, and the justification to get a project like this off the ground.

As you will recall, my goal for the week was sessions in 1, 3, 4 and 8. I think I will do quite well in track 4, with 3 sessions, but my fourth session is in track 2. I need to keep an eye on this, and make sure I get sessions in 1, 3 and 8 in the upcoming days.

That’s all for now-remember to follow me on twitter (@SAP_HR_Guy) and to register or find out more information about SAP HR 2013 click here.

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