Picture3Lots to see. Lots to do. What’s for you? Here are some enterprise performance management (EPM)  recommendations for your SAPPHIRE NOW conference agenda.

For many SAPPHIRE attendees the sheer volume of available sessions could seem overwhelming – just what is relevant to you and what should you go and see? And more importantly, how do you make sure that you don’t miss something you REALLY would like to see?

If your interest area is EPM, I’d like to offer my thoughts on some terrific sessions that you should really consider adding to your personalized agenda. This is just my way of trying to guide you to an easier decision making process – something that we really like to do in EPM! I’ll assume you’ve got the keynotes already in mind, so our journey starts after those finish each day…

Tuesday, May 14th

For SAP solutions for EPM, Tuesday of SAPPHIRE will be a big day, with sessions appearing in both the Finance Forum and Analytics Campus areas of the event. Get ready to put some miles on those new shoes! Here we go:

  • Finance Forum – Customer Sessions
    • 1:30 pm – Hear how Citrix achieved operational efficiency and enhanced visibility into consolidated financials with SAP solutions
    • 2:00 pm – Join this lively Finance discussion panel to hear about role of analytics in EPM
    • 3:00 pm – Hear how CenturyLink Inc. gains critical insight into product and customer profitability
    • 4:00 pm – Hear Hewlett Packard talk about its experience of SAP Business Planning and Consolidation  powered by SAP HANA

  • Analytics Campus – Customer Sessions
    • 4:00 pm Hear how Acxiom implemented an integrated planning and profitability solution to transform its EPM processes

  • Analytics Campus – Demo Theater


Wednesday, May 15th

Spend the day in the Analytics Campus, attending one of many presentation sessions, micro forums or simply chat with the EPM team at one of our four demo pods on the subjects of planning, consolidations, strategy, and profitability or innovations in EPM. Watch out for these sessions:

  • Analytics Campus – Microforum
    • 1.00pm – Join this microforum discussion to examine the financial close, consolidation, and disclosure management processes
    • 5.00pm – Participate in this microforum discussion about how a true understanding of costs can lead to improved profitability management, margin management, and pricing strategy

  • Analytics Campus – Customer Sessions
    • 2.00pm – Join this lively panel discussion and hear how SAP and its customers are using technology to transform the role of their finance organizations
    • 4.30pm – Hear how Colgate is able to improve the speed of business planning and budgeting processes by accessing the processing power of in-memory technology

  • Analytics Campus – Demo Theater
    • 11.30am – See how you can improve the speed and accuracy of your planning processes by taking an approach for Integrated Business Planning  (IBP)


Thursday, 16th May

Close out the show by seeing the final EPM customer session and perhaps catching one of the many demo theater sessions that you haven’t been able to squeeze in your agenda until now. Make sure you see the following:

  • Public Services Forum – Customer Session
    • 4.00pm –  Hear how the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application helps the City of Nanaimo with its complex planning requirements

  • Analytics Campus – Microforum
    • 11.00am –  Listen to experts discuss ways to better manage execution and improve business outcomes in this microforum discussion

Whichever sessions you decide to see at SAPPHIRE NOW, be they EPM related or otherwise, I do hope that you find what you want, learn a lot, and have a terrific experience. See you in Orlando soon!