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The 11th Annual SAP HR2014 Conference will be held in Orlando from March 10 to March 14 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and it is regularly considered the premier event for SAP and SuccessFactors professionals, consultants and customers. There are more than 120 sessions, 50 exhibitors, 20 case studies, 32 hours of educational sessions and 98 speakers. I will be attending this year  scheduled to take part in special panel discussion moderated by Steve Bogner called The Future of SAP HCM and SuccessFactors – Predictions from the experts that was very well received last year and will also be available on March 12th at 2:15pm for an Ask-the-Experts sessions if you would like to meet and have a conversation. The HR Technology industry is changing rapidly before our eyes as I recently provided my thoughts on HR, HR Technology, Cloud vs OnPremise, Mobile, Big Data and How to Stay knowledgeable in a radio interview and one of which was attending major conferences such as this. I am also very happy to announce that the HR Insider team has given me a special one of a kind promotion code, which will provide a $450 discount for my customers, readers and followers up until the show. If you are still on the fence I thought I would outline my top five reasons to go the HR2014 conference.

Sessions – There will be over 110 sessions that cover core areas such as SuccessFactors HCM suite (Employee Central, Talent, Workforce Analytics, etc.), SuccessFactors and SAP Integration (iFlows, HCI), SAP and HANA, HR Renewal, Fiori, SAP Payroll, Talent Management, ESS/MSS, Performance Management, Enterprise Compensation (ECM), Recruiting, Mobility, LSO, Time Management, Reporting, Benefits, Org Management, Personnel Administration and Project Management. I was a bit surprised there will not be any Nakisa sessions this year given the footprint they have in the SAP OnPremise customer base. At the end of the day, there is truly something for everyone and I always find it extremely challenging to figure out which of the sessions to attend although The great debate – On-premise vs. cloud which was the brainchild of Brandon Toombs and will include my friends and fellow SAP Mentors Steve Bogner and Sharon Newton, is one I don’t plan on missing.


SuccessFactors Time is moving fast, as I still remember the HR Insider team scrambling to put some SuccessFactors sessions on the agenda for the HR2012 conference after SAP’s acquisition of SuccessFactors in December 2011 and fast forward two years later and there are 45 SuccessFactors sessions across all the tracks. All the major areas with the SuccessFactors HCM Suite (new marketing name) will be covered and I would expect these will be some of the more popular sessions so make sure you get there early. Two sessions that jumped out to me was SAP Mentor Luke Marson Answers to FAQs about SuccessFactors Employee Central and The 2014 guide to SAP ERP HCM: Functionality, updates, and future roadmap

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Networking One of the under rated parts of any conference and something I outlined in my Valuable Lessons to Make the Most of your SAP Career is networking. The HR2014 event is a great opportunity to network with peers and meet new people. The who’s who of the SAP HCM and SuccessFactors industry will be at this event looking to swap war stories and business cards, connect on LinkedIn and Twitter and share information as well as discuss the sessions from each day. It is very easy to network with like-minded people that share a similar passion for SAP and SuccessFactors and would recommend the Speed Networking as I really enjoyed that last year. Please stop me to say hi if you see me walking around with my blue SAP Mentors shirt and if you can’t attend make sure to join twitter and follow hashtag #HR2014 and of course SAP_Jarret 🙂 and joining the over 8,000 members in the SAP and SuccessFactors Linkedin Group.

Keynote Speeches – The keynote speech will be given by Shawn Price who is President of SuccessFactors and a very good public speaker as I heard him give the keynote at SuccessConnect. I am hoping he follows the model from that conference where the audience got to hear directly from a few large customers on their experiences with SAP HCM and SuccessFactors as that is something that has been missing in the last few HR Insider keynotes. There is a chance additional keynote speakers will be added and I will update this blog as that information becomes available.

Orlando If you are still on the fence about HR2014 remember that this is being held in Orlando which is a great conference city to mix business and pleasure especially at the end of a long day of learning. On a side note, I stayed at this hotel last year on a Spring Break vacation with my family and it is in a great location if you plan to stay the weekend and visit the major theme parks such as Disney.

Hopefully I have outlined why you should attend the HR2014 conference and the conference producers have thought of everything as they even have a Convince your Boss template (still HR2013 version) that you can use to help get budget approval. If you are an SAP HCM or SuccessFactors professional this is one event that you won’t want to miss and don’t forget to sign up via this one of a kind promotion code, which will provide a $450 discount up until the show as it is the best deal that will be made available.

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  1. Luke Marson

    Great job Jarret and thanks for picking out my session. Readers might want to note that there is still content to be added to the schedule, including additional SuccessFactors sessions. I really recommend this conference to customers and consultants interested in SAP HCM and SuccessFactors.

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  2. Rob Makinson

    Thanks Jarret.

    I was lucky enough to deliver 2 presentations in 2012 in Vegas. I remember the buzz, questions and uncertainty around the SF acquisition. Time has flown since and too see 45 related sessions on SF is astounding.

    The size of the conference is what blew me away, the number of attendees, booths, partners, consultants and customers was in contrast to what we have in Australia.

    I went by myself and struggled to attend all the sessions because there were so many in parallel. If I go again I would definitely take at least one colleague, and I would recommend customers take at least one other colleague.


    I will be following by twitter, and am looking forward to the insights and reviews.

    Cheers

    Rob

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    1. Paul Fraser

      Hi Rob,

      I couldn’t agree more. I have been to a couple of these and would recommend it to any SAP or SuccessFactors clients or partners in Australia. The amount of information is astounding and you also get to meet some of the great HCM mentors such as Luke and Jarret.

      Cheers

      Paul

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      1. Jarret Pazahanick Post author

        Thanks for the comment Paul as it was great to meet you in person last year and for those that don’t Paul he is definitely will to give his opinion on things even if he is talking to an SAP VP late at night 🙂

        The networking and relationships you can build at these events is second to none and to me one of the hidden gems that doesn’t get talked about enough.

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    2. Jarret Pazahanick Post author

      Thanks for the comment Rob and that is always one of the challenges at any of these events as there is always so much great content it is hard to determine where to allocation your time. Great suggestion for companies to consider send two people and also a good idea for those two to offer a “debrief” session when they get back to anyone that couldn’t attend so the information and knowledge is shared within the organization as it helps get “more bang for the buck”

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  3. Karin Ejstrup

    Spending a couple of days at an HR Insider Event enables a client to

    – attend deep dive sessions on the entire HCM portfolio

    – scan the market for potential system integrators and meet their consultants

    – meet references

    – learn best practice during the sessions and informally through networking

    There is no other way the above can be achieved so efficiently 🙂

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