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#SAPPHIRENOW 2016: Your SAP HANA Cloud Platform Recommendations

You know it already, but you need no more indicator of the growth of the cloud at SAP and for enterprises in general than to gaze at the session catalog for Sapphire 2016, May 17-19 in Orlando, Florida.

As of this writing (updated: 16 May), there are 1872 total sessions listed in the catalog, of which 382 are classified as Cloud Platform sessions. Over 20% of all SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 sessions have to do with Cloud Platform.

Since 382 sessions are too much for any one mere mortal to take in, we are providing you a list of selected HCP highlights to check out below and take along if you’re going.  Thanks to Dan Kearnan of HCP product marketing for putting this list together, which is one of the sources of inspiration for these highlights.

Enjoy, and engage with @saphcp on Twitter to tell us what we’ve missed!

(All times Eastern time – local Orlando time)

Your #SAPHCP Plan, Including 13 Don’t-Miss HCP Sessions

Date / Time / Location Session Type and ID Speaker(s) Title Abstract
Tuesday 9am Keynote: Bill McDermott Live, SAP CEO : Run Live, Run Simple. Watch:
Tuesday 10:15am: Show Floor Opens
Tuesday, 10:30am, DE425 Demo Theatre Session – 34408

Joe Binkley

Sr Dir, Marketing, SAP HANA Cloud Platform

SAP – @joebink on Twitter

Get Started with the Cloud in 15 Minutes See how quickly you can get started with building cloud applications. Learn how you can use SAP HANA Cloud Platform to build your first application. Sign up for a free trial of SAP HANA Cloud Platform in just minutes.
Tuesday, 11am, DE425 Interactive Session – 34401

Matthias Steiner

Cloud Platform Evangelist

SAP – @steinermatt on Twitter

Build, Extend, and Integrate Cloud Applications Unlock new business possibilities by rapidly building, extending, and running enterprise-class cloud applications. Hear case studies spanning a variety of industries serving consumers and enterprises to see how SAP HANA Cloud Platform enables powerful cloud application development.
Tuesday, 12pm, Theater 3 Customer Presentation – 34390

Eamon Kearns

Sr Dir, Emerging Solutions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Meet Your Business Needs with Agile Cloud Applications Speed your path to business agility with innovative cloud solutions. Learn why the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is using SAP HANA Cloud Platform and cloud solutions from SAP to quickly build new applications and processes needed to address growing needs across the organization.
Tuesday, 12:30pm, DE425 Demo Theatre Session – 34407

Michael Hill

Dir, SAP HANA Cloud Platform

SAP – @michaelhill_sap on Twitter

Integrate On-Premise and Cloud Solutions to Improve Customer Experience Explore ways to integrate popular on-premise and cloud solutions without the need for on-premise technology. See how you can integrate cloud applications, incorporate social sentiment into SAP S/4HANA software, and provide tailored application programming interfaces securely to business partners with SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
Tuesday, 1pm, Theater 1 Customer Presentation – 34844

Steven Carter


C&J Energy Services

Accelerate Digital Transformation with SAP HANA Cloud Platform Improve data accuracy and reduce sales outstanding with digital technology. Discover how C&J Energy Services used SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Capgemini’s EnergyPath solution to build ticketing apps for its 1,000 field users. Learn how the application synchronizes with the SAP S/4HANA Finance solution to capture job data regardless of connectivity.
Tuesday, 1:45pm, S330G Lecture Presentation – A4146

Matthias Steiner

Cloud Platform Evangelist

SAP – @steinermatt on Twitter

Leveraging SAP HANA Cloud Platform to Build On-Premise Extensions While the advantages of cloud computing are widely acknowledged, some companies are still hesitant to leverage the cloud for various reasons. In this session, you will learn how SAP HANA Cloud Platform enables you to develop custom extensions to your core business systems while keeping your sensitive data where it is: on premise.
Wednesday, 11am, DE425 Interactive Session – DE4405

Filip Misovski

VP, Product Management

SAP – @misovski on Twitter

Extend On-Premise Applications to the Cloud with Surprising Ease Discover how connecting your business to the cloud may be far easier than you thought. Learn how you can take your SAP on-premise applications to the cloud using SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
Wednesday, 12:30pm, Theater 5 Customer Presentation – 34967

Jeff Fox

Mgr, Supply Chain and Quality Systems

Moen Inc.

Marc Geall

SVP, Head of Platform Partner Ecosystem


Bolster Business Agility by Moving to the Cloud Become a more responsive organization in meeting the needs of your customers and employees. Learn how companies such as faucet and fixture manufacturer Moen Inc. are benefitting from SAP HANA Cloud Platform and from SAP’s extensive partner ecosystem to more quickly respond to needs across the organization.
Wednesday, 1:10pm, SUSE mini-theatre booth #655 SUSE mini-theatre presentation

Jenny Lundberg

Senior Director Product Management

SAP Labs – @jenny_SAP on Twitter

SAP HANA Cloud Platform Overview and Q&A Get an overview of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and get your questions answered with Jenny in the SUSE mini-theatre.
Thursday, 11am, ASUG HUB (Show Floor) – Education Theater HANA Cloud Platform Sessions at ASUG – A4289

Filip Misovski

VP, Product Management

SAP – @misovski on Twitter

Dirk Basenach


SAP SE – @basenach on Twitter

Road Map: Update on the Cloud Platform Extensions Strategy for SAP HANA SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) is the extension platform for SAP’s line of business (LoB) applications such as SuccessFactors and S/4HANA. As companies move to cloud applications, there’s a big shift for the business and IT in how they address continuous needs and requirements. Hear the latest update on the current, planned and future capabilities of HCP
Thursday, 12:30pm, S210D HANA Cloud Platform Sessions at ASUG – A3847

Jenny Lundberg

Senior Director Product Management

SAP Labs – @jenny_SAP on Twitter

Dan Lahl

Vice President, Product Marketing

SAP – @danlahl on Twitter

Road Map: Now and the Road Ahead with SAP HANA Cloud Platform SAP HANA Cloud Platform serves as a platform as a service to help organizations develop, deploy, and operate applications in the cloud. It has powerful standards-based services that help developers quickly extend existing applications or create new enterprise-level, cloud-based applications. This session outlines current, planned and future capabilities.
Thursday, 2pm, S210D Internet of Things Sessions at ASUG – A5790

Jenny Lundberg

Senior Director Product Management

SAP Labs – @jenny_SAP on Twitter

Dirk Basenach


SAP SE – @basenach on Twitter

Road Map: Internet of Things (IoT) Applications and Technology Wondering what’s coming up next for the Internet of Things (IoT) for SAP software? Join this session to learn about the solution portfolio for IoT and SAP software and get an update on the road map for IoT applications and technologies for SAP software. In this session, we welcome business and technical focused audiences.
Thursday, 3pm, LB336 Interactive Session – 33927

Enzo Silva

Learning Strategist

SAP – @enzofsilva on Twitter

Explore the New Nature of Work in a Social and Collaborative Enterprise Benefit from the transformation in the learning industry with the rise of trends such as curation, gamification, and flipped classrooms. Find out how to incorporate both traditional and social learning to develop talent through game-based learning and storytelling.

Preconference Highlight

Get an overview of IoT at the pre-conference session on Monday: “This informational workshop will discuss SAP’s IoT strategy and the future roadmap of SAP’s offerings in this arena that will enable customers to succeed in transforming their business.”

Keynote Highlights

All the keynotes are of course don’t-miss, but here are places to listen most for a focus and inspiration on HCP:

The live broadcasts begin at 9am (Eastern Time, local Florida time) Tuesday. Go here to watch live, starting with Bill’s keynote:

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Show Floor Demo Station

Finally and importantly for your HCP experience, you can meet us on the show floor. The floor opens at 10:15am on Tuesday after the opening keynote and closes on Thursday at 5:30pm. For the duration of the show floor hours, visit the HCP demo station to meet HCP experts, see demos, learn about use cases, and get your questions answered. Find us at the Digital Enterprise Platform Campus on the show floor where you’ll be able to engage with experts in three HCP Expert Stations:


PS: After you’ve wrapped up your Cloud Platform #SAPPHIRENOW experience, celebrate all that you’ve learned about HCP together with your friends in the band Coldplay on Thursday night. A sky full of stars after a conference full of clouds!  Have a great time!

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      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner

      Great summary of the must-attend events for those interested to learn more about HCP - thanks Moya for compiling this nifty list!

      Author's profile photo William Laverde
      William Laverde

      Thanks for the summary Moya Watson

      Author's profile photo Michael Appleby
      Michael Appleby

      Great to see HCP has generated so much interest!  Thanks for the summary Moya!