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Won’t SAPPHIRE please come … NOW? (Confessions of an SAP PRESS Marketer)

I’m going to be completely honest: as a marketer, my job is to know the ins and outs of the products I help sell—in this case, books on SAP. Books I can handle. I’m an avid reader and writer. But nine months into this job, I’ll admit that I’m not as versed in SAP as I could be.

And that’s okay—which is why I’m stoked to be going to SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference for the first time—because I’m going to be surrounded by SAP for nearly a whole week. I’m going to learn a lot—from readers, authors, speakers, and Muse (okay, maybe not that last one!).

Last year, my colleague Former Member lamented the fact that she didn’t have a Duplicator to use while in Orlando. I’d rather use a Time-Turner myself, but since my Hogwarts letter must have been lost in the mail, I’ll have to settle on a good, old-fashioned list to help me find the SAP PRESS author sessions. Okay, this list is really to help you find all of their sessions. (See, marketing!)

Here’s all of our authors speaking:

 Author(s)  Session Title  Session Description
Alan Rickayzen and Susan Keohan Stump the Experts: SAP Business Workflow Learn about agent determination, hanging workflows, what the best transactions are for administering workflow, and more!
Alan Rickayzen Interactive Influence: Building Workflows in the Cloud This influence session will be a brainstorming session between customers and SAP development to determine which critical apps need to be developed in order to make workflows in the cloud a success.
Alan Rickayzen 3,2,1 Nitro-Launch: Taking advantage of the new SAP S/4 Workflow Features The workflow in SAP S/4HANA uses the existing SAP workflow framework, but adds revolutionary new capabilities that offer completely new paradigms and cater to completely new user groups in different roles.
Aron MacDonald Building Custom SAP Fiori Apps on the Native SAP HANA Platform Learn about the business rational, application and technical landscape (including using real-time data in the SAP ERP application and the user experience in SAP HANA extended application services and SAP Fiori) and insights gained from Shell Trading and Supply’s creation of custom SAP Fiori apps on the native SAP HANA platform.
Former Member Digital Dining: How “Data Kitchen” Revolutionizes Health and Eating Out Visit, virtually, the stylish “Data Kitchen” restaurant in Berlin and see how data is gathered, monitored, and used to enrich the food chain.
Birgit Starmanns Access Operational Data for Financial Analysis with the Universal Journal Learn about combining financial statutory, management accounting, and operational information, plus visualizing reports using this information in the universal journal in SAP S/4HANA.
Birgit Starmanns Expand Visibility into Your Product Costs and Their Impact on Your Margins Get a clear picture of your product costs using next-generation analytical tools. Manage product costs using the SAP S/4HANA Finance solution. Enhance profitability by determining how these elements affect margin analysis and pricing.
Birgit Starmanns Gain Financial Insights with Executive Dashboards See how dashboards reveal key performance indicators calculated in real time across the business; then, discover how SAP S/4HANA provides spatial visualization to help you identify problem areas quickly and drill down to the details.
Birgit Starmanns Improve Cost-Based and Account-Based Profitability Reporting Find out how you can use a next-generation digital core to support both cost-based and account-based profitability. See how they can be used in conjunction with each other in SAP S/4HANA to support both management reporting and financial reconciliation.
Birgit Starmanns Make Strategic Business Decisions with Vital Financial Information Learn how to model business decisions and determine the potential financial outcome of these decisions using predictive tools in SAP S/4HANA.
Birgit Starmanns Product Costing: Analyze the Financial Entries in Make-to-Order Production Learn how to create a “standard” cost for the selected configuration options of a make-to-order discrete manufacturing scenario, and then follow each step to see how it is reflected in FI, CO, and CO-PA.
Former Member What’s New with SAP Business One Join ASUG volunteers for a discussion of the latest updates for SAP Business One, as well as the year-round ASUG community for SAP Business One users.
David Quirk Transform Plant Operations with End-to-End Digital Maintenance Processes See how integrated master data and enterprise content management solutions from Utopia Global Inc. and OpenText Corp. increase productivity, maximize return on assets, and improve compliance.
David Quirk SAP Master Data Governance Customer Discussion Come listen and share your experiences with the SAP Master Data Governance application. Customers that have implemented the technology will be on-site to share their experiences and answer your questions.
David Quirk Interactive Influence: Enterprise Information Management Please join other users in an ASUG and SAP interactive influence session where you will be able to provide feedback and ideas to SAP using design thinking methodologies. No prior involvement with ASUG Influence is required to participate
David Quirk SAP’s Vision for Big Data and Enterprise Information Management Learn how SAP plans to deliver governance, data quality, and orchestration features across a heterogeneous data landscape to facilitate better digital business decision making, truly unlocking the potential of Big Data scenarios.
Former Member New Revenue Guidelines Implementation Challenges In this panel discussion, participants will discuss the implementation challenges that customers from various industries are facing.
Dayakar Domala and Pete Graham Gear Up to Comply Effectively with New Revenue Recognition Standards Learn the finer points of the IFRS 15 and ASC 606 revenue recognition standards and how SAP can help before the January 1, 2018 deadline of compliance.
Former Member Master Product Lifecycle Management in Discrete Industries with SAP S/4HANA Learn about the SAP Product Lifecycle Management application and SAP S/4HANA and how they can accelerate and improve your product development processes.
Gaetan Saulnier Accelerating Business Agility with SAP Cloud Platform Explore how McKesson Corporation leveraged SAP Cloud Platform Smart Data Integration service and the SAP Agile Data Preparation application to achieve consistent data processing and quality.
Gaetan Saulnier SAP HANA Smart Data Integration, SAP HANA Smart Data Quality, and SAP Agile Data Preparation Learn about SAP HANA smart data integration, SAP HANA smart data qualify, and SAP agile data preparation, as well as the planned innovations and future directions of each.
Imran Sajid Introduction to the Payroll Control Center for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions Learn how the payroll control center for SAP ERP HCM saves time and ensures correct payroll processing by identifying and resolving issues before payroll with one-click monitoring.
Jan Musil Transition with Structured Guidance and Digital Implementation Road Maps Learn how to adopt SAP S/4HANA by following an innovation adoption framework; discover the road map viewer and access prescriptive implementation advice in the SAP Activate methodology; and learn about SAP Best Practices packages.
Jan Musil What Is Different About the Implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud? Learn about SAP S/4HANA Cloud and how to implement the software with case studies and a demo of the product that includes guided configuration and testing.
Jeremy Masters Building Effective SAP SuccessFactors Solutions Support Organization for Coca-Cola Take a look at Coca-Cola’s implementation of SAP SuccessFactors, learning about the unique challenges faced supporting a multi-tenant, bottler-specific SAP software environment.
Luke Marson SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Solution Panel: Moving Core HR to the Cloud Learn from customers, consultants, and SAP software experts about the process of moving core HR to the cloud, including thoughts on deployment options, migration, and integration with ERP.
Markus Kuppe SAP Master Data Governance Learn about the vision and road map that define how the SAP Master Data Governance application provides essential support for business process efficiency, trusted business analytics, and emerging needs stemming from business networks, cloud deployments, and digital transformation.
Former Member Explore Our Road Map for SAP Solution Manager Gain better business and IT alignment with new improvements to SAP Solution Manager, which provides a first-class user experience, new business process management, and full support for SAP HANA software, SAP S/4HANA, and hybrid solutions.
Dr. Matthias Melich Prepare Your Company for the Future with SAP Solution Manager Learn how to guide your SAP S/4HANA deployment with the latest release of SAP Solution Manager, and also how to benefit from optimized capabilities including a readiness check, transition road map, process management, best-practice content, test suite, and more.
Dr. Matthias Melich Upgrade to the Latest Version of SAP Solution Manager Discover the key value of the newest version of SAP Solution Manager, and obtain help with the install or upgrade strategy decision and its details.
Michael Pytel Preparing and Optimizing Advanced Business Application Programming Code for the SAP S/4HANA Migration at Dole Learn how the technical team at Dole prepared its custom ABAP code to support both the installation of SAP ERP Enhancement Package 8 and SAP S/4HANA 1605 during a four-month implementation project, primarily using internal resources.
Paul Medaille Making Sense of SAP Solutions for Enterprise Information Management Get a clearer understanding of the entire SAP EIM portfolio, including when to use which solution for what use case
Paul Medaille How Does Your SAP Solution for Enterprise Information Management Support and Add Business Value to Your Organization? Within this roundtable session, SAP will lead an open discussion and learn from representatives of leaders in EIM and how they use SAP tools and processes to add concrete business value to their enterprises.
Pete Graham Prepare for the New IFRS Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting Standards Learn how to ease compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 15 and 16, the new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards.
Pete Graham Tools and Tips to Prepare for the New Leases Standards IFRS 16 and ASC 842 Learn more about how SAP Real Estate Management, SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa, SAP S/4HANA Finance, and SAP S/4HANA can help you tackle IFRS 16/ASC 842.
Pete Graham Lease Asset Accounting – Discuss the New Way This roundtable is designed to discuss and share approaches for implementing the new asset lease standard, teach the significant differences between GAAP and IFRS standards, and teach the steps your company can execute immediately to properly prepare.
Peter Spielvogel Getting Started on Your SAP Fiori Journey in SAP ERP Central Component Today Follow along in this demo on how to create an SAP Fiori-inspired screen using SAP Screen Personas software, even on older software versions based on SAP ERP Central Component.
Peter Spielvogel Roundtable: Accelerating SAP Screen Personas Projects with Prebuilt Content and Templates Learn how SAP Screen Personas speeds up the time to value for businesses in this demo of the flavor gallery, templates, and best practices that allow many customers to go live within weeks, often with no development resources.
Philip On Improve Analytics Quality Through Better Data Preparation Learn to use information management best practices, including accessing data through ETL virtualization, replication, and streaming options, before digging into live insights and data set preparation for analysis using self-services.
Philip On Improve Data Quality Through Preparation, Integration, and Cleansing Learn how to simplify Big Data provisioning; integrate, cleanse, and enrich data using SAP HANA smart data integration and smart data quality software; and give business users self-services for discovering and enhancing the quality of data.
Philip On Master the Data Revolution Through Information Governance Improve business outcomes by evaluating your business options, taking action, and driving innovation using information you can always find, understand, and trust.
Philip On Migrate to SAP S/4HANA with Confidence Using Data Governance Best Practices Explore the key capabilities for setting standards and policies for data governance, data archiving and deletion management, data integration and cleansing, and master data quality and content management.
Sandy Markin Address Demand with an Integrated, Real-Time Approach to Business Planning Improve product availability by using SAP Integrated Business Planning to make decisions that balance demand and supply while also taking into account predicted market demand, reduction of inventory and working capital, and more.
Former Member Accelerate Month-End Close by Using SAP S/4HANA for Intracompany Reconciliation Understand the evolution of the intracompany reconciliation tool to reconcile intracompany balances in accounts receivable and accounts payable from the SAP ERP application to SAP S/4HANA, and how the native SAP S/4HANA capabilities can accelerate these processes.
Shivesh Sharma Fixed Asset Accounting in SAP S/4HANA: A Case Study Learn how you can set up your fixed asset accounting in SAP S/4HANA and understand the key business benefits of SAP S/4HANA, wherein general ledger is integrated with asset accounting.
Former Member ServiceNow and Change Request Management Integration This roundtable details what was done at Patterson Companies Inc. to integrate the ServiceNow Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) component with the Change Request Management (ChaRM) functionality in SAP Solution Manager.
Former Member Running the World’s First Serial Production of Satellites with SAP Software This session will tell the story of how Airbus Oneweb Satellites is using standard SAP software to shoot two satellites into orbit per day with a goal of 900 by 2019, using decoupling points, buffers, a well-thought-through SAP value stream map, and line balancing and sequencing board.

Make sure to check them out and ask good questions! Also, if you’re in the mood to share your SAP knowledge with me (I need all the help I can get!), come by the SAP PRESS booth on Level 2 in the South Concourse.

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