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Supply Chain in Real-Time at SAPPHIRE NOW

SAPPHIRE NOW 2013 starts on Tuesday, and we are very excited about the increased supply chain presence this year. In fact Tuesday the 14th will have a full day of Supply Chain content as part of the new Forum concept being introduced at SAPPHIRE NOW.  The Forums provide a great opportunity to focus on supply chain presentations, microforums and demo theaters, all within one area of the event.

Theater Presentations

The main Forum Theater sessions will kick start with a keynote at 11am by Hans Thalbauer, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, SAP and Greg Spray, Senior Vice President, Solution Management, Ariba. There session will focus on “Transforming Supply Chain and Procurement in the Global Networked Economy “.

The other Supply Chain Highlights in the theater include :

  • Colgate Palmolive discussing how to “Reduce Cycle Time with Better Sales and Operations Planning
  • A Panel discussion titledTake the Road to a Real-Time Supply Chain” that will feature HP, Bonfiglioli and Campbell Soup
  • Nestle explaining how they leverage SAP Transportation Management to “Plan and Consolidate Inbound and Outbound Logistics Globally
  • A session on Demand Signal Management and how to “ Generate Sound Demand Plans and Enhance Insight Into Your Customers

Demo Theater

The forum also provides a great opportunity to see some of the latest and greatest innovations from SAP in the Supply Chain area. Here are some of the scheduled demonstrations:

Time Title Solutions
1:30 – 1:50 Visualize, Examine, and Share Supply Chain Data to Make Better Decisions Supply Chain Analytics powered by SAP HANA
2:30 – 2:50 Discover Best-In-Class Freight and Shipping Operations Transportation Management
3:00 – 3:20 Execute Product Recalls and More with Global Batch Traceability Global Batch Traceability
4:00 – 4:20 Translate Consumer Demand into Actionable Data Streams and Supply Planning Demand Signal Management


Microforums provide a unique opportunity to have scheduled, small group discussions with SAP experts and customers.  Again, here is the full agenda for Supply Chain at the forum:

Time Session Title Topic
1:00 – 1:45 #4407 Optimize Shipping Processes Quickly and Affordably Transportation Management
2:00 – 2:45 #4404 Make Better Decisions with Near Real-Time Information Supply Chain Analytics powered by SAP HANA
3:00 – 3:45 #4406 Use Real-Time Information to Achieve a Demand-Driven Supply Chain Demand Signal Management
4:00 – 4:45 #4405 Gain Rapid Consensus with Sales & Operations Planning S&OP powered by SAP HANA

Other Highlights

But SAPPHIRE NOW does not end for Supply Chain after the forum. There are still plenty of other opportunities to interact and listen to our supply chain experts.


In the Industries and Line of Business and Campus we have 3 expert tables where you can have 1:1 discussions with solution experts focused around:

  • Sales & Operations Business Planning
  • Demand Driven Supply Chains
  • Logistics & Order Fulfillment

Also, check out this short Supply Chain video teaser, where Guido Kaup gives some highlights of what visitors can expect around the SCM topic at SAPPHIRE NOW, and what he’s looking forward to most.

I look forward to seeing you at the show where you can also follow us on twitter @SCMatSAP. 

Also, watch out for the SAPPHIRE NOW Supply Chain Blog series we will also be posting from the event.


You can follow me in twitter @howellsrichard

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