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If You Can Only Attend One Conference – Make It Sapphire!

I know  – travel budgets are tight but – if you can pick only one conference to attend, take a close look at SAP Sapphire. This annual conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL May 14 to 16 (Florida in May – but it’s not too hot and humid yet, still you will understand why air conditioing is so important!)


There will be great keynote speakers and lots of general sessions – but, as a Mill and Mining person, a great thing about Sapphire are all of the industry focused sessions.

  • For Mill Products and Mining, we will be hosting more than 35 sessions that are specific to these industries including Mill Products companies in Metals, Forest Products, Paper, Packaging, Building Materials, Furniture and Textiles
  • A full-day agenda at ASUG on Wednesday
  • A Process Manufacturing Forum that Mill Products swill share with Chemicals on Thursday. Mining is part of the Energy and Natural Resources area and will have both its Sapphire sessions and forum on Wednesday.


Another reason to attend Sapphire is that, when you do, you also get to attend the ASUG Annual Conference. SAPPHIRE, of course, has the famous show floor with presentations, demonstrations, partners, give-aways – you know, the sizzle. ASUG – the Americas SAP User Group, is the customer-run organization where the conference presentations are more focused on products and solutions, usually presented by a user. Let’s say this is the substance – so you get both for the price of admission to one! And, there are Mill Products and Mining sessions at both SAPPHIRE and ASUG.

THE BEST THING ABOUT SAPPHIRE IS… The Customers, of course

What is the best thing about Sapphire? The absolute best thing about Sapphire and ASUG is meeting and talking to customers from Mill Products and Mining companies who are using SAP solutions – they have implemented them, know how to do it (probably how not to do it, too) and they can tell you the “real” story. You can talk to me and my SAP colleagues any time but to get a collection of people like this, that come from Mill Products and Mining companies and can talk about the SAP tools that they are usng to solve business problems, the stories and experience that they have – and, I don’t just mean the presenters but I mean all of the attendees, sharing their knowledge and experience, that is easily the best thing about the conferences (or, as a popular advertisement says – PRICELESS). Here are just some of the Mill Products and Mining companies presenting:

  • TAMKO Building Materials
  • Novelis
  • Alacer Gold
  • ThyssenKrupp Steel USA
  • Woodgrain Millwork
  • Peabody Energy
  • MMG
  • Mohawk
  • Pacific Coast

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