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Live Influence session during Digital Innovation Summit 2016

Digital Innovation Summit 2016 was a technical networking event, which took place on 2nd of August 2016 at SAP Labs India premises. The event was filled with enthusiast crowd from customers and partners community. The event paved way for trending topics, which catered to the need of business. There was full house for all the sessions and one could experience the coffee corner discussions, doubts getting clarified by experts, networking.

In midst of top notch sessions delivered by senior executives from SAP, there was a informal Design thinking pod setup, which enabled customers to get an overview of current and upcoming features related to the emerging trends and customer demand topics space like S/4 HANA, IoT, Fiori, et al.


Picture #1: Glimpse to the participation of audience during lecture sessions.

Live Influence Pod was an open format of discussion and brainstorming, Sessions were setup for a 45mins pitch-in, wherein the respective topic’s product expert would address the participants with the objective of the discussion, current situation, future plans of SAP development in a big picture. After a 20mins pitch-in of topic, the forum was open for audience brainstorming and discussion.

Lateral thinking patterns were initiated by Design thinking coach enabling a brainstorming and discussion. Thought processes were captured in stickies and pasted to a chat for later analysis, classification and prioritization. The acquired results were later discussed with development for
backlog grooming.





Picture#2: Showcasing Product Expert making a pitch-in for the topic before brainstorming

Followed by Product Experts addressing the audience related to their topics, There was an experience sharing session delivered from customer Deloitte. Mr. Murali Srinivasan did share his experience on Fiori for S/4HANA and there was a good interactions and Q&A for this session.


The sessions ended with a very positive response and lead generation to further collaboration. The brainstorming ideas were captured, categorized and revisited for possible backlog for developments.

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