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There are a lot of gotta-haves in this week’s Top 5 blog posts from SAP Business Trends, whether it’s knowledge for the HR professional, an award-winning mobile app for retailers or big data analytics for pretty much everyone.

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The 11th annual SAPInsider HR conference will be the first to feature content specifically targeted to SuccessFactors customers. It will also offer guidance on cloud computing.

No. 1: Four reasons why SAPInsider HR 2014 has become the must-attend human resources event of the year

Unlike most conferences, which implicitly promise insights that will drive instant business value, next month’s SAPInsider HR 2014 promises them outright. Susan Galer shares why the panelists of “What You Need to Do Immediately Back at the Office and Next Year” think this conference is essential for HR managers.

No. 2: SAP’s “Game On” Mobile App Contest Produces Top Shelf Tech for Merchandisers

Merchandisers travel from store to store ensuring their products are available and optimally displayed, but the increasing amount of data to track makes their job tougher. Tim Clark profiles Shelf Plus, a mobile app that searches for products via augmented reality — and it just won SAP’s recent “Game On” Mobile App contest.

No. 3: Video: SAP’s Millennial Magic at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos

SAP’s co-CEOs attended an annual meeting of the Swiss non-profit World Economic Forum in Davos last month. Anirvan Ghosh looks back at the impactful topics, such as employing millennials and emerging technologies, that the co-CEOs discussed with other business executives and world leaders.

No. 4: Top Highlights from the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos

Politicians, central bankers, celebrities and others attended the WEF meeting in Davos to talk about economic growth, sustainability, social development, financial systems and health. Thomas Odenwald shares notable quotes from attendees, including Pope Francis, entrepreneur Richard Branson, actor Matt Damon and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore.

No. 5: Interview: Big Data Into Big Insight at UK Innovation Forum

Big Data is a great tool for making faster and more precise decisions in many fields — even early warning systems for volcanic eruptions. Before SAP’s Adrian Simpson talks about these applications at the UK SAP Innovation Forum next month, he answers Timo Elliott’s questions about big data trends.

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