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An Amazing First Day at Sapphire Now 2014!

Sapphire Now is in full effect mode and by all accounts this is arguably the most inspiring and exciting year ever.

SAP CEO Bill McDermott called for “simplification” during his opening keynote Tuesday morning before a standing room only crowd that spanned the entire show floor at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Bill not only electrified the crowd but also offered a challenge to all in attendance and the millions watching online from around the world. He called on everyone to fight complexity within organizations and passionately asked, “Why can’t we?” and went on to make the offer to unleash the power of SAP to help companies “run simple”.

McDermott himself would agree that stealing Tuesday mornings show were three incredible young people from very different backgrounds. There was Tim Doner, a high school student from NYC who learned a mind blowing 20 different languages in 20 days, Kelvin aka DJ Focus who hails from Africa and is part alchemist, part technologist and all show man and Ayna Agarwal who at 21 is not only a captivating speaker but already one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley.

Their riveting presentations are an absolute must see and can be seen here.  You will agree that the future’s churning sea will have some pretty amazing navigators!

Talk about a winning team and speaking of winning a major theme of the day was the fact that the integrated Cloud is the winning Cloud. With SAP now known as the Cloud Company powered by SAP HANA, many in attendance today were sharing their thoughts on the convention hall floor about the interrelationship of the Cloud and simplification and SAP’s impact on technology and decision making. We’ll be providing customer Cloud success stories in upcoming blogs.

Yesterday’s Sapphire Now kickoff blog promised that today would indeed be inspirational and transformative. Personifying inspiration and leadership was Captain C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger who spoke Tuesday afternoon. The Captain reminded us that what appeared to be a split second decision was in actuality the result of a lifetime of preparation.  As he brought his talk to a close, Sully suggested we all ask ourselves “Do I make a difference?” It was truly a presentation that had everyone watching hanging on every word.

Stay tuned for more updates from an amazing Sapphire Now and be sure to follow along @Sapphirenow. There’s plenty more to come on Wednesday and Thursday as we all are inspired to “simplify everything so we can do anything”!

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