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Orlando might not be the most exciting of locations, but in just over a week the excitement levels will rise tenfold as thousands of SAP HCM and SuccessFactors customers, partners, vendors, and employees head on down for the highlight event of the SAP HCM calendar: SAP Insider’s annual HR conference. This year, HR2014 will be held at Walt Disney World® Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida from 11th to 14th March. The pre-conference jumpstart day will be held on Monday 10th March. If you haven’t yet bought your conference pass then consider this $450 discount code that is valid right up until the conference. You can also get some information on the conference on the latest SAP HCM Insights Podcast that will be posted later this week.

Session Picks

As usual, there is a plethora of sessions and finding a selection of stand-out sessions is a difficult task. I’ve done my best to pick out a selection of sessions that I will be attending, and also the panel sessions that I will be moderating. The full schedule can be seen here.

Also, don’t miss the keynote address Harnessing HCM technology in a rapidly changing world to drive strategic business outcomes that will be delivered by SAP’s Shawn Price, President Global Cloud & Line of Business and David Ludlow, Group Vice President, Line of Business Solutions – HR.

Networking and other value-adds

As always, networking is one of the key benefits of attending the conference. Whether you want to network with your peers or with experts and thought-leaders, you can spend a lot of time picking the brains of folks who can help you learn and educate yourself on trends, products, tips and tricks, and what’s coming in the next 12 months. In addition, the Speed Networking event on Wednesday at 7:30am is a great way to meet a whole new group of people. This involves having a brief 5 minute conversation before moving on to speak to someone new. The event lasts for 45 minutes and is highly recommended.

The Ask the Experts sessions – held on Tuesday at 6:15pm and Wednesday at 2:15pm – are an ideal opportunity to speak to product and implementation experts about a variety of SAP HCM and SuccessFactors topics. A host of industry experts and thought-leaders that will be present at the 45 minute sessions over the two days, including the likes of Bill Kutik, Josh Bersin, Lisa Rowan, Danielle Larocca, Prashanth Padmanabhan, Peter Howes, Jarret Pazahanick, Steve Bogner, Joachim Förderer, Brandon Toombs, and many many more.

SAP and SuccessFactors’ product management teams will be delivering a number of roadmap sessions during the conference where you can find out detailed information on what’s due in the coming year. There are also lots of demos at the SAP Booth throughout the conference. This can help you formulate your internal roadmaps and prepare for the next round of innovations. For those considering or planning to move to SuccessFactors, these sessions can help you prepare for the right time to take the leap. The key sessions are:

Many SAP HCM and SuccessFactors partners will be exhibiting and this gives you a chance to look for potential partners and get advice on the various aspects of product implementations. Some of the leading SuccessFactors partners (such as HRIZONS!) will be exhibiting, along with the stalwarts of the SAP HCM world. There will be a variety of partner products for both SAP HCM and SuccessFactors on display.

SAP Press will be present as usual and you can get a selection of great HR titles, including the best-selling SuccessFactors with SAP ERP HCM book. All 3 of the authors will be present at the conference so be sure to stop by at booths 125 (HRIZONS) and 135 (Cloud Consulting Partners) to get your copies signed!

Summary

Don’t miss out on a great event and an opportunity to network with peers and experts. This is a great chance to get educated on the latest and greatest trends, products, and information. You can follow the action live on Twitter using the #HR2014 hashtag. As always, you can keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest from the world of SuccessFactors in the SAP and SuccessFactors LinkedIn group.

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