Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, we have SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, up against the one and only kid magnet…Disney World!
Disney World is huge, but I’d say the SAP SAPPHIRE Conference comes in a close second. It probably took 15 minutes to walk from one end of the conference to the other. Seriously! Okay, maybe 15 minutes including an ice cream stop…
WINNER: Disney World
Food! I have no idea what the food is like at Disney World, but I suspect that they look, some way or the other, like Disney characters. As appealing as that may sound, SAP SAPPHIRE NOW offers a sophisticated variety, with muffins, juice, coffee, and tea available in almost every corner. The refreshment and snack stations at the conference is like the ABC stores in Hawaii! The dining hall was amazing! No photograph that I took could depict just how vast the area was. What also makes the dining experience so much better was the servers that lined up, forming a pathway as you enter the hall. Despite having to repeatedly say “Enjoy your meal!” or “Welcome!” to a population of approximately 20 000 people- these ladies and gentlemen don’t just smile with their teeth, but also their eyes. They are the ones who make you feel truly welcomed to be at the conference, I think.
WINNER: SAP SAPPHIRE NOW
Usually at the end of vacations, I reflect on the flight home what I’ve learned or gained from that experience, and every single time, I have loads of things to say. If someone were to ask me what I did during my trip, I would go on about how I ate field mice in Vietnam, or wrestled with a professional wrestler in Germany, but this trip was different.
For some, the conference lasted for three days. For me, the conference lasted for two days, because I arrived on the day the
conference began. It’s remarkable how many freebies I got within those two days, though. Okay but on a serious note, I probably learned more within those two days about what I actually need to know in life than what I learn in three years in high school.
Upon returning to school, a lot of students asked me about my experience. Do you remember having a crush on someone back in high school? There’s always that one friend that asks you why you like the person that you do, but you have no idea how to explain it. You just do. Asking me how my experience was at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW is just like that. There’s so much more going on beyond learning about SAP HANA, marketing, interactions with people, expansions of small businesses, analysis of data, business analytics, etc, that words become useless in these interactions I have with my friends and family.
Usually, when I can’t think of a word that explains just how I feel, I make hand motions or sounds to truly express myself. For this experience, the best sound I can make to reflect how I felt about this trip would have to be: DAH!! I think this word explains for itself. In comparison to Disney World, SAP SAPPHIRE NOW kicks Disney World right out of the park! (Oooh, the puns!) With Disney World, you gain a temporary state of euphoria, and as memorable as the trip may be, nothing sticks better in your memory than knowledge. True knowledge is something unforgettable. I’m not talking about the knowledge that you think you had in high school about chemistry or physics. I’m talking about knowledge gained from actual experiences, interest, and curiosity.
WINNER: SAP SAPPHIRE NOW
AND THE WINNER IS… SAP SAPPHIRE NOW!
Blog post by: Linh Diep