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EPM in Focus at SAPinsider Amsterdam

I never tire of Amsterdam, a vibrant and beautiful city with so much to see and do, and with an almost endless supply of restaurants and bars to choose from. But it’s the bicycles that steal the show, with so many of them everywhere…what a great sight!

And what, you may ask, stole the show at SAPinsider Financials 2017 this year? Not an easy question to answer—there was just so much to take in! So, let me try to mention a few of the highlights to give you a flavour of this year’s event.

SAP Leonardo was the headline news, having been announced just a few weeks earlier at SAPPHIRE NOW, with the excellent conference keynote showcasing how SAP’s digital innovation system is switching up the gears in IoT, machine learning, and analytics. The keynote also included some excellent demos and customer stories about the use of SAP Digital Boardroom and SAP Analytics Cloud.

Enterprise Performance Management in Focus

The hot news from the SAP EPM team, and an inspiration for a champagne reception on the show floor, was the market launch of our new SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP BW/4HANA. Watch the video clip below of Timo Elliott and Pras Chatterjee of SAP, taken from the event show floor, to learn more about this new product release.

In addition to this, for those of you following the current series of Continuous Accounting blogs on D!gitalist, then you’ll be interested to learn that this topic was also one of the key SAP EPM talking points at the event. My colleague Elizabeth Milne spoke with Josh May of Blackline whilst at the event, and you can hear what they said by watching the video clip below:

Depth and Variety

But of course, that’s not all that the event had to offer, as there was a deep and rich variety of event content and activities to choose from. In many ways, attendees were spoiled for choice, with so many customer stories, conference sessions, a show floor exhibition where attendees could network with the SAP team and many business partners, as well as a solution centres which were offering the chance to get deeper into specific questions and demos. All in all there was something for everyone!

Twitter, of course, is now one of our customary ways to share live event news, as it happens. And what better way to encapsulate the mood of the event and some of the activities, than by sharing some Twitter moments? See our photo album for all the photos from the event. I especially like the picture of my colleague Jacob Stark, who was on hand to show demos of the SAP Digital Boardroom and obviously enjoys his job!

And that about rounds it up for this year. Thanks to everyone who attended, I do hope you enjoyed the show, and I look forward to seeing many of you again in 2018!



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