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The SAPPHIRE NOW Countdown Begins!

(Originally posted on the SuccessFactors Blog)

This year will be my second year as a social media ambassador for the cloud campus at SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando 2013. I’m really excited to attend this year because there is so much momentum with SAP Cloud. We’ve got some exciting things planned for the cloud campus. Here are the top five things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Lars Dalgaard’s keynote – Last year, Lars took the stage in his first SAP appearance bringing his usual enthusiasm and excitement to his keynote. This year, he’s talking on Wednesday May 15th and I’m really looking forward to learning about the latest innovations with our solutions and what is next for our customers in the cloud. Lars talks on a regular basis at our Town Hall events and this always leaves the team fired up and inspired about what we’re working on. I can’t wait for him to share his passion with our customers and the broader SAPPHIRE NOW audience. Plus, I’ve heard a rumor that there might be a guest appearance by one famous, world traveling cloud.
  • Cloud Campus Theater Presentations– We have a whole list of great theater presentations taking place in the Cloud campus this year. We’ll have presentations that cover our whole cloud applications portfolio but I’m especially excited about the ones around our people offerings. I’m planning on attending these three sessions for sure:
    • Bridge the Gap from Strategy to Results with SuccessFactors Talent Management
    • Move to the Cloud with Core Human Resources Software
    • The HCM Road Ahead: Cloud HCM Roadmap Summary
  • Cloud Demos – Last year at HR Tech, I “took to the street” to get interview style demos with our solution experts and I can’t wait to do that again at SAPPHIRE NOW! I will be a mini-roving reporter, capturing video interviews with our solution experts because I know we will have some great demos of our beautiful cloud applications! Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to post them to our YouTube channel and share them with the audience!
  • Fred McCloud – Once again, I get to take up my role as one of the guardian angels for Fred McCloud. I’m really looking forward to introducing Fred to new friends and followers, and maybe inducting a few new faces to the Fred Follower program! Find me at SAPPHIRE NOW and you could be one of those lucky people! Sounds like cloud nine to me!
  • Concert – All I’m going to say is that Fred and I are packing our cowboy boots and we can’t wait to dance, because as you know, it’s five o’clock somewhere! (And yes, Fred has cowboy boots AND a cowboy hat!)

That’s why I’m hyped about this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW! What are you looking forward to doing/seeing at the event? Let me know what you’re looking forward to in the comments below, and if you want to get your picture taken with Fred! See you at SAPPHIRE NOW!

Kira Swain

Cloud/SuccessFactors Social Media Ambassador

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