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One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Henry Ford, where he says, “If I would have asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” During the early 90s, when I was growing up in Michigan, it seemed like every family owned a Ford. The Ford Taurus station-wagon was considered sporty, the Explorer was the adventurous family car, and the teenagers on my street bought and drove the Ford Escort as their first car. Today, I live in Silicon Valley, the home of Tesla, Uber, and self-driving car movement. I think it’s still early to say that electric cars, on-demand automobile services, or even self-driving cars will completely replace the traditional car outside of Silicon Valley – but it’s certainly caught the attention of traditional car manufacturers.

So how does this all relate back to SuccessConnect?

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At SuccessConnect 2015, we launched several new technologies across the SuccessFactors HCM suite – Intelligent Services, the Integration Center, the new Admin Center, and a preview of the Extension Center. Last year, I received questions from colleagues, partners such as, “Why do we need these new tools?”, “Who is going to use them?”, “Don’t we have enough products and innovation for our customers to keep up with?” This year, those questions are gone. When we are content with just “settling” or “just focusing on our bread and butter”, someone else will come in and offer better products, services, or technologies to your customer at a better price.

At SuccessConnect this year, our product experts will provide you with an update on how customers have adopted and used these new technologies, best practices in implementation, and share their vision and roadmap that will shape the future of the SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite. This year, we have added new breakout sessions on Intelligent Services and Cloud Security and Data Privacy.

Here’s the agenda for the “Technology Does Matter” track that you won’t want to miss.

SID: 37724      SAP SuccessFactors Cloud Security and Data Privacy

SID: 37994      Introduction and Roadmap for SAP SuccessFactors Cloud Platform and Technology

SID: 37775      Introduction and Roadmap for SAP SuccessFactors Extensibility

SID: 37677      Introduction and Roadmap for SAP SuccessFactors Mobile

SID: 37845      Introduction and Roadmap for SAP SuccessFactors Intelligent Services

SID: 37675      Introduction and Roadmap for SAP SuccessFactors User Experience

SID: 37832      Introduction and Roadmap for SAP SuccessFactors Integration Tools and Strategy

SID: 38246      Grupo Mirgor: Using the SAP HANA Cloud Platform to Deliver a Better Employee Experience

SID: 37939      Security Strategy and Role-Based Permissions for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions

Check out the session catalogue here.

I look forward to seeing you (and Magic Johnson!) at SuccessConnect Las Vegas 2016!

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