With SAPPHIRE ten days away, this is a good time to list the top ten sessions–not by any objective quality, but by how I see them based on what’s hot
1 . Today’s Business Process Expert–What You Need to Know. This daylong event aggregates a whole posse of consultants, executives, and SAP users who will address what I consider the most overlooked topic in enterprise applications today: business process management (BPM). BPM is increasingly becoming a native part of SAP applications, so this could be a glimpse into the future of modeling, workflow, re-engineering, and continuous change, SAP style.
2. Workflow and BPM Open Forum. This session offers a drill-down into what some people consider the core of BPM. Thus, it complements session #1 above.
3. BMW MC: The Roadmap to a Successful ERP Upgrade. ERP upgrades are almost as difficult as ERP implementations. This session offers a firsthand look at an upgrade that went well, suggesting best practices to other enterprises thinking about upgrading.
4. Strategy and Challenges for Global Rollout of SAP Software. This is a bread-and-butter sessions for SAP prospects.
5. SAP and Business Objects: Understanding the New BI Platform in Detail. Business Intelligence isn’t an easy sell these days, but there’s a lot of value in BI if you get it right. This session will provide visibility into the Business Objects platform in a way that might convince potential BI adopters to get aboard.
6. Strategic IT: Getting the Most Value from Your IT Investment. Enterprises spend hundreds of millions of dollars on IT. This session brings together some heavy hitters from Pepsi, the U.S. Postal Services, and Harvard Business School to help enterprises get the most bang for their IT bucks.
7. RFID and Serialization Strategy and Road Map. If physical goods move through your supply chain, RFID should interest you. If you have SAP anywhere in your stack (not just as SCM), you’ll want to know how SAP plans to handle RFID, since RFID data can touch many SAP applications.
8. Leveraging SAP ERP to Drive Success for Midsize Manufacturers. There are hundreds of thousands of midsize global manufacturers who are behind their North American peers in terms of IT adoption. It’ll be interesting to learn SAP’s value proposition for this segment in more detail, because it might somehow inform SAP’s Asia-facing strategy in the years to come.
9. SAP for Utilities at CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Smart Grid is going to turn the utilities industry upside-down. Imagine being able to monitor your meter the same way you monitor your Vonage phone, and you get an idea of what’s waiting. We recently talked to Bob Frazier of CenterPoint recently, and he’s got a great story to tell about what’s going on in this space.
10. Security Open Forum: Security is at the top of CIO agendas year after year, and this session taps Halliburton, Coca-Cola, and The Home Depot to share risk management ideas and strategies with the community.
Demir Barlas, Site Editor