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Six Not to be Missed SAPPHIRE NOW Sessions from SAP.iO


SAPPHIRE NOW, one of the industry’s most innovative cloud and business technology events, is right around the corner. As SAP.iO Venture Studio’s SAPPHIRE NOW lead, I have the pleasure of working with experts from SAP.iO and our startup leaders to build a great program for SAPPHIRE attendees.

SAP.iO is building revolutionary software businesses in the SAP ecosystem by helping entrepreneurs inside and outside the company to tap into SAP’s unique assets such as access to data and APIs. In addition to startup investments through SAP.iO’s venture fund, SAP employee-led startups also get access to funding and a unique environment to drive outsized value for enterprises across multiple industries.

In total, we’re hosting more than 20 demo sessions, keynotes, and interactive sessions at SAPPHIRE NOW this year and we’ll have three of our employee-led startups at SAPPHIRE NOW: Ruum, Atlas, and Brilliant Hire by SAP.

Here’s the rundown for the top 6 not to be missed sessions from SAP.iO.

You can find the entire SAP.iO session line up in the SAPPHIRE NOW session catalog (just search for SAP Leonardo and Future Technologies – SAP.iO Fund & Foundries and SAP.iO Venture Studio).


SAPPHIRE NOW Day 1 – Let’s get it started…

Pinpoint the Most Vibrant Cities in America for Tech Startups

Max Wessel, SVP and GM of SAP.iO

Discover the best metro areas outside of Silicon Valley for growing your company, recruiting top talent, accessing capital, or launching a tech startup. Gain these insights through the geospatial analysis of the Atlas platform by SAP, presented by the SAP.iO Venture Studio business unit.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Where: SAP Leonardo and Future Technologies LE526

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A New Front Office: Simple Project Management for any Business Process

Florian Frey, Ruum by SAP | Martin Boehm, Beiersdorf AG

Enterprise systems and productivity apps are disconnected: Work starts in SAP and moves to the phone, emails or spreadsheets. Ruum by SAP adds collaboration, file storage and a digital assistant to any business process. Hear how global skin care leader Beiersdorf optimizes productivity with Ruum.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Where: Theater District: Theater 5

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SAPPHIRE NOW Day 2 – Top interactive sessions for you!

Outpace Your Competition by Transforming the Way You Hire

Amy Wilson, Senior Vice President of Development from SAP SuccessFactors Ryan Phillips, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SAP.iO Venture Studio, Brilliant Hire by SAP

Optimize recruiting success and accelerate the time to find and hire top-notch people, even given current employment conditions that favor candidates. Become a forward-thinking HR organization with a rich understanding of hiring needs and clear insight into how to gain an upper hand. Do it all with an innovative SAP SuccessFactors point solution.

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Where: SAP Leonardo and Future Technologies LE527

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Supersize Productivity Gains with Innovative Voice Technology

Chadd Olesen, CEO of AVRL

Boost application efficiency with voice systems powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Augment supply chain throughput by letting machines understand what people are saying without keywords or rigid sentence structures. Do it all with innovations from Advanced Voice Research Labs Inc. (AVRL), a startup backed by the SAP.iO Fund.

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Where: SAP Leonardo and Future Technologies LE526

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SAPPHIRE NOW Day 3 –  We’re saving the best for last!

Strengthen the Employee Experience in Today’s Multigenerational Workforce

Nicole Helmer, Lead Data Scientist at SAP.iO Venture Studio

Master the unprecedented challenge of managing four generations of American workers. Improve the employee experience and enable one-on-one interactions. Create actionable relationships by exploiting each generation’s unique values, perspectives, and preferred communications styles, as identified by the SAP.iO Venture Studio business unit

When: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Where: SAP Leonardo and Future Technologies LE526

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Build an Innovative Software Startup Business with SAP.iO

Deepak Krishnamurthy, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer SAP Ram Jambunathan, SVP & Managing Director, SAP.iO Chadd Dimitri, CEO, AVRL Dimitri Sirota, CEO, BigID

Fuel your innovation and deliver ROI-driven outcomes to SAP customers using emerging technologies. Learn how the SAP.iO program invests in and nurtures startup innovation. Hear how leading startups are addressing profitable opportunities in areas such as compliance and supply chain by harnessing the power of machine learning and SAP solutions.

When: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Best Run Theater

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Ruum by SAP  adds collaboration, file storage and a digital assistant to any business process to help your team drop fewer balls, reduce work and enable instant follow-ups. Add demo session to your agenda.


Atlas by SAP  empowers all users to gain location-based insights and make decisions based on streaming point-of-sale, traffic, and demographic data without the help of geospatial software engineers. Add demo session to your agenda.


Brilliant Hire by SAP  helps customers digitalize recruiting by offering bias-free, skills-based pre-screening of job applicants through a network of experts, providing faster and greater insights. Add interactive session to your agenda.


Stop by our booths on the SAP Leonardo and Future Technologies show floor throughout SAPPHIRE NOW: 

LE528 – Atlas by SAP

LE529 – Ruum by SAP

LE530 – Area17

LE531 – AVRL

LE532 – BigID

LE533 – ClearMetal

LE534 – Decision Engines

LE535 – TidalScale

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