Where has the time gone? In just a few weeks we will be leaving 2013 behind and entering 2014… can you believe it…. 2014! That means it’s that time of the year to take a journey back in time and reflect on the biggest events and highlights of the chemical industry of 2013.

SAPPHIRE NOW 2013

Like most years, SAPPHIRE NOW is a big highlight of everyone’s year. This once a year opportunity allows industry professionals from all over the world to fly to sunny Orlando Florida and take part in 3 days of invaluable networking opportunities as well as discussions, presentations and conversations.

All of this years Chemical Industry Highlights, sessions and replays for the chemical industry can be found on SAPPHIRE Now On Demand

SAP for Chemicals Conferences in Frankfurt, Germany

This year, SAP was proud to sponsor two chemical industry conferences in Frankfurt Germany. These two events, the International SAP Conference for Product Safety & Stewardship and the International SAP Conference for Chemicals, featured presentations from global chemical industry leaders, workshops from SAP experts, and plenty of time to discuss individual challenges with industry peers and experts.

Chemical Company in a Box Launched

ONE Package, ONE Contract, ONE Vendor and Ready to Go!

The SAP Chemicals team is proud to have launched Chemical Company in a Box in 2013, a holistic SAP solution for small and midsize chemical companies. Based on standard SAP ERP and the SAP Best Practices templates this is the optimal solution for small and midsize companies looking to stay competitive in 2014.

A complete solution overview can be found here.

A discussion on the issue and solution can also be found in the following article.

Chemical Industry SAP User Group

This year the CISUG community met at the SAP Headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Topics of discussion included Demand Planning, e-Procurement, Manufacturing excellence and much more.

To keep up to day with the latest CISUG news and events be sure to join the LinkedIn Group.

Most discussed topics:

With the exciting launch of HANA just a few years ago SAP changed the game in real-time analytics. In 2013 we were able to bring the power of HANA to the SAP ERP software – a game changer for the chemical industry. With this new power and speed, chemical companies can quickly and efficiently analyze mountains of data to meet quality standards, stay compliant, increase efficiency and much more. By coupling this with cloud technologies, ARIBA and mobile functionalities chemical companies are looking at an entirely new technological landscape that can propel them to success.

A collection and discussion of these topics, and more, can be found in this year’s Top 10 Blogs.

2013 has truly been an exciting year for the chemicals community.With many events, new technologies and software updates it will be exciting to see what 2014 has in store for us.

What were your favorite parts of 2013? What was most surprising about 2013?

Be sure to leave your thoughts and comments below.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014 🙂 !

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