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SAPPHIRE Sessions by SAP PRESS Authors (and an homage to Calvin & Hobbes)

I’m getting ready to attend my very first SAPPHIRE + ASUG Annual Conference next week, and am plagued by existential questions. What kind of muffins will be at breakfast? Will I get lost on the show floor? How long will Hasso’s keynote REALLY be? How many socks should I bring? IS THERE GOING TO BE ENOUGH COFFEE?!

Etc., etc.

The biggest question of all, though, is the same question I have every year at TechEd: How am I going to attend all the sessions I want to attend without a Duplicator?

If you have the same problem, bad news: I’m about to make it worse. Because the real purpose of this blog entry is to give you a list of sessions from SAP PRESS authors that are worth checking out. And you’re gonna need a Duplicator to do it.

Author(s) Session Title Session Description
Alan Rickayzen and Susan Keohan Customer Connection for Workflow Learn about recent improvements to the build and administrative functions of the SAP Business Workflow tool.
Aviad Rivlin Road Map: SAP’s Portal Porfolio Learn about the latest updates around technologies like SAP Fiori and SAP HANA Cloud Portal.
Bernd Lauterbach Dynamic Logistics Pricing with SAP TM and SAP HANA Learn how to overcome rigid pricing models with SAP TM and SAP HANA.
Bernd Welz The SAP Education Network for Digital Transformation Learn how the new SAP Education Network for Digital Transformation enables business leaders and IT professionals to acquire the insights and skills to build a vision for their digital enterprise.
Birgit Starmanns Ensure a Single Source of Truth for Finance and Controlling Learn how to create a standard cost for a make-to-order discrete manufacturing scenario, and then follow each step in the manufacturing process to see how it is reflected in FI, CO, and CO-PA.
Chandan Jash Implementing SAP ME for the Medical Device and Diagnostics Industry See how SAP ME is used and enhanced to cover the business requirements and accelerate the shop-floor manufacturing process for the medical device and diagnostics industry.
Cheri Mallory SAP HANA and Data Management: Understanding the Options Get an overview of the growing options for integrating data within your SAP HANA database environment.
Dayakar Domala New Revenue Guidelines with Tools in SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting Learn about new revenue-recognition requirements and how you can address them with SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting.
Dipankar Saha Implementing Manufacturing Operations Platform Using SAP MII Learn how operator dashboards are provided in supervisory control and data acquisition from SAP MII, and get a primer on upgrading SAP MII 11.5 to SAP MII 15.0.
Elizabeth Milne Accelerate and Simplify Your Accounting and Financial Close See how you can better support accounting and financial close with solutions such as the SAP Financial Closing cockpit, SAP BPC, and SAP Disclosure Management application.
Frank Densborn Take the Best Route to SAP S/4HANA Get introduced to migration and transformation paths to SAP S/4HANA, the next-generation business suite from SAP.
Gaetan Saulnier Accelerate Self-Service Data Preparation with SAP Agile Data Preparation Learn how to minimize the time you spend collecting data, and maximize the time you spend analyzing it.
Jan Musil Agile Implementation On-Premise with SAP Activate Methodology Get to know the SAP Activate project methodology and learn how to speed up your implementation with SAP Best Practices and guided configuration in SAP S/4HANA.
Jeremy Masters Reimagining a New User Experience Leveraging HR Renewal Explore how Altria upgraded a 15 year old SAP HR system to bring the latest technology and processes to their HR business.   
Jocelyn Dart Building a Better UX for Everyone Learn how to build an innovative and efficient UX that supports people with disabilities using the latest and greatest accessibility features for SAP Fiori.      
Luke Marson All Clouds are Not the Same: What Does Your Cloud Look Like? Learn how to customize your cloud with business rules, workflows, custom fields, the metadata framework, and SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The creation of a custom object will be demoed.              
Marc Oliver Schaefer Build Your Digital Core with Focused Build for SolMan Find out how Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager manages requirements and software development in large, agile, and innovative projects based on SAP S/4HANA.
Markus Kuppe Road Map: SAP Master Data Governance Understand the strategic direction for SAP Master Data Governance and get a preview of planned innovations.
Martin Maguth and Susan Keohan Best Practices for SAP Workflow Learn the many dos and don’ts of developing SAP workflows: agent determination, event management, error processing, and more.
Michael Doane Penthouse, Poorhouse, or Courthouse: Where Will Your Project Take You? Learn how to establish project performance criteria for clients and service providers, and then monitor this performance throughout a project in order to avoid project failure.
Paul Medaille Getting the Most from SAP Soutions for EIM Get an overview of the SAP solutions for EIM and find out which tools to deploy for your needs and use cases.
Peter Spielvogel and Tobias Queck How Customers Use SAP Screen Personas to Run Simple 50 percent click reduction, 20 tabs reduced to 4, training time down from 2 hours to 45 minutes: In this session, see how SAP Screen Personas can deliver a simplified user experience.
Thomas Wright Plan More Wisely for Success in the Supplier Business Discover the benefits of using a purpose-built model of the SAP Integrated Business Planning solution, which offers tools for planning, monitoring, and controlling on an integrated SAP HANA platform.

Onward, SAPPHIRE attendee! Go see these speakers! Ask them hard questions! They know their stuff, and they’re some of the best people to teach you about it.

And if you DO manage to duplicate yourself, please come on by the SAP PRESS booth to show me how. We’re located on Level 2 in the South Concourse, and we will have LOTS of cardboard boxes there.

Although, come to think of it…maybe a duplicate would be a bad idea anyway.

You can follow me on Twitter at @kellygweaver, where I have been known to wax philosophical on pineapples, Douglas Adams, airport warning signs, and the nature of the human condition. Wait, I mean cats.

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      Susan Keohan

      Hi Kelly,

      Nice to see you blogging here!  I'd like to add that there is a very important session on the SAP Customer Engagement Initiative for Interactive ASUG Influence: Enabling SAP Fiori with Workflow in SAP S/4HANA - headed up by our very own Alan Rickayzen (even if the session catalog is incorrect, which is why you didn't find it, it is session A5781) so check it out here:  

      SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference 2016 | May 16–19, 2016 | Home

      Looking forward to seeing you at ASUG Annual Conference (oh, and SAPPHIRENOW) 🙂


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      Ooh, thank you, Sue! Alan Rickayzen is never to be missed.

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      Dear Kelly:  Please allow me to help set your mind at ease:

      What kind of muffins will be at breakfast?  The yummy kind.

      Will I get lost on the show floor? Yes.

      How long will Hasso’s keynote REALLY be? As long as he wants it to be.  Which is exactly just long enough.

      How many socks should I bring? Well, at least two.  How many feet do you have?  I assume your duplicate will pack their own. 

      IS THERE GOING TO BE ENOUGH COFFEE?! Absolutely.  SAPPHIRENOW is fueled almost entirely by coffee.

      Have a wonderful time, and please be sure to send me a selfie of you with my PEEPS!  (You KNOW who I mean 🙂 )  Socks optional.

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      I feel calmer already. We'll miss you, Marcia Elaine!

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      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Great post, Kelly, I had no idea we had so many authors on SCN! Wow...

      I have a bit higher standards for baked goods and felt muffins weren't that great. But they were gone very fast, so you might not need to worry about it. 🙂 Pack some energy bars - last year food was ho-hum at best. Coffee (as bad as it was by my European standards) was plentiful though, as well as soft drinks.

      Seeing Hasso Plattner in person was on my bucket list, but last year I was a bit disappointed in his keynote (wrote about it here) and yes - it was terribly long. If you are not sitting in the first two rows you might as well just watch a replay. Although some jokes might be edited out, so YMMV. 🙂

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      Jelena, thank you! Will you also be at SAPPHIRE this year?

      By the way, congratulations on your new IDocs book! I watched the replay of your virtual book club meeting and enjoyed it very much.

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      Jelena Perfiljeva

      I'm not going to SAPPHIRE this year, TechEd is more of my scene, plus much better food! 🙂 . Thanks for your interest in the book club, appreciate it!