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Simplicity at its Finest: #SAPPHIRENOW 2014

In 2013, more than 100,000 customers and partners came together virtually and onsite to attend SAPPHIRE NOW. As the event continues to grow in audience size, so has the need to make navigation easier for customers and partners.

This year, the show floor will include a variety of options with a goal of simplifying each and every attendees’ experience.

Six Reinvented Forums

SAP experts will be joined by thought leaders and customer executives from Chess Media Group, Constellation Research Inc., Gigaom, Harvard Business School, hybris, an SAP Company, McKinsey Global Institute, MIT, Platform Solutions Group, TELUS Communications, and USA Today.

Each forum will offer a full day’s worth of thought leadership content based on the most sought-after topics impacting the way every business runs their organization.

Here’s a quick glance at the Forums agenda:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 10:30am – 5:00pm

  • The Future of Work
  • Winning in the Networked Economy

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • The Cloud in 2020: The Driving Force of Business Outcomes
  • The Future of Customer Engagement

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 11:00am – 3:30pm

  • Think Like a Startup
  • Grow Your Next-Generation Business

For speaker lineups, visit: Forums at SAPPHIRE NOW

Three Streamlined Campuses

The content shared throughout each campus was created to reflect the different, unique roles each attendee fulfills within their organization. From six to three, the Industry, Lines of Business, and Technology campuses will be easier to explore and navigate. Most importantly, the innovative topics and discussions covered at the campuses will not overlap with content shared during the forums.

Facilitated Networking Opportunities

A new area designed into the show floor will allow attendees to strategically connect with other customers and partners. The Services Lounge, Support Lounge, and Partner Discovery Center are just among the several networking areas that attendees will be able to access.

This blog by Katarina Fischer summarizes in greater detail what’s going to be new for SAP Partners: A New Discovery at SAPPHIRE NOW For Partners

Thought-Provoking & Entertaining Keynotes

In addition to the innovative keynotes delivered by SAP and ASUG executives, attendees will get to experience three Saturday Night Live Alums in a fun and interactive session on the final morning of SAPPHIRE NOW.

The two comedians behind SNL’s popular “Hans and Franz” skit, Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon, will be leading the session along with co-SNL alum Dennis Miller.

Celebration Night for All

SAPPHIRE NOW will be one of the rare occasions that Jon Bon Jovi will perform solo with his hometown New Jersey side band The Kings of Suburbia.

The performance will take place on Wednesday, June 4th so that all attendees will be able to join the fun.

There’s going to be more announcements in the coming weeks around showcases, the online virtual event and more, so be sure to visit and follow the#SAPPHIRENOW conversation on Twitter.

In the meantime, we also encourage you to connect with the SAPPHIRE NOW community on Facebook, LinkedIn, andYouTube.

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