SAPPHIRE3Hello analytics and JLo fans! Are you ready to “Get on the Floor” at SAPPHIRE NOW? Are you “Waiting for Tonight”? So ”Let’s Get Loud, Live It Up”… SAPPHIRE NOW for analytics is gonna make you “Dance Again”. Ok, enough of the JLo dance mix references. This year’s SAP customer event in Orlando is shaping up to be one of the biggest for analytics and BI innovations ever. Here’s a glimpse into some of the exciting activity and whether you’re joining the event in person or watching online, there’s a little something for everyone.

What’s the Story for Analytics This Year at SAPPHIRE NOW?

Customers are invited to join the analytics team at SAPPHIRE NOW to Simply Connect, Simply Decide, and be #SimplyGenius. SAP solutions for analytics work together to provide a comprehensive, yet simple and integrated, analytics technology platform that propels your ability to succeed. All of our analytics products benefit from our innovative SAP HANA in-memory database that has revolutionized business by removing the limits of traditional databases.  Our analytic solutions allow you to simplify, innovate, and accelerate.

Get Visual on the Internet of Things and the Digital Economy with David McCandless

JLo won’t be the only big name celebrity at SAPPHIRE NOW, data geeks will be inspired by data journalist and visualization storytelling David McCandless.  A TED Talk speaker, David McCandless will visualize the internet of things using SAP Lumira. Join the session on May 5 at 1:30pm to learn interesting insights about the digital economy and key trends for the future of business. Attendees will be encouraged to download the data set and visualization and gain insights with SAP Lumira for themselves.  Learn more about how you can get involved in the session and meet David at SAPPHIRE NOW.

What Are the BI Technology Innovations at SAPPHIRE NOW?

The rapid innovations with SAP Lumira continue at SAPPHIRE NOW and include Big Data discovery and data wrangling; enabling end users to access, prepare, and mash with traditional data sources. BI platform integration to deliver trusted data discovery for lines of business. High performance SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse/SAP BusinessObjects Explorer connectivity and business warehouse data mash up with other acquired data.

The team recently announced the availability of SAP Lumira Edge, which attendees will get a chance to play with at the show. SAP Lumira Edge innovations include:

  • Installs in less than 15 minutes
  • Productive in one hour
  • Provides a complete departmental data discovery solution
  • Includes its own in-memory data engine and user portal

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.5 brings self-service visualizations and story authoring for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, self-service composition of dashboards from predefined and new components for geographic maps and SAP Lumira-like chart picker.  Finally, SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office will be aligning with the BI convergence strategy and these innovations include side-by-side scenario for SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft and the EPM plug-in for Microsoft Office. Join the BI suite roadmap and SAP Lumira roadmap sessions for more details at Sapphire.

What Will SAP Customers be Talking about at SAPPHIRE NOW?  

There are a number of fantastic customer sessions planned for analytics at SAPPHIRE NOW including:

Vodafone – Learn how Vodafone Netherlands leverages SAP Predictive Analytics to predict potential churn and to make customers aware of the products and services that help them enjoy their mobile life – anytime, everywhere. Watch the video

National Grid – With a robust cloud based solution that supports up to 10,000 users/devices across 5 lines of business, National Grid unlocks the enterprise, and delivers a range of mobile apps to drive improved user engagement and productivity in field operations. Join the panel discussion.

Pfizer, Lubrizol, and Lockheed Martin will also share best practices and insights on creating rich self-service environments with the implementation of the latest BI suite innovations.

Read more about the top ten SAP Lumira customer stories.

What Are the Top 10 Analytics Sessions to Check Out?

  1. Visualizing the Digital Economy with David McCandless – May 5, 1:30 pm
  2. Transform business with new platform solutions with Irfan Khan, May 5, 11:00 am
  3. Analytics customer panel with Clemens Praendl – May 7, 9:00 am
  4. Co-Innovate to make every sports team and every athlete better – May 7, 4:30 pm
  5. Pfizer on SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 implementation, May 7, 2:00 pm
  6. Strategic and technical lesson on BI 4.1 migration from Lubrizol, May 7, 8:00 am
  7. SAP Lumira deployment options for departments and BI platform, May 5, 1:45 pm
  8. BI suite roadmap, May 5, 11:00 am
  9. SAP Lumira roadmap, May 7, 3:30 pm
  10. How Lockheed Martin set the foundation for a rich self-serve environment, May 7, 12:00 pm

Get “On the Floor” with the Analytics Booth and Showcase

Come by and visit the team with dedicated pods for enterprise business intelligence, agile visualization, predictive, and Big Data discovery. Analytics will be integrated into relevant industry and line of business content for attendees to learn how they can take advantage of analytics within their business context.

Live it up on social media – stay tuned to this blog and the Analytics from SAP Facebook and Google +pages, follow @SAPAnalytics on Twitter and check out the #SimplyGenius hashtag for updates, customer stories, and onsite contests. The team has some exciting news to share for SAP Lumira so don’t miss the opportunity to engage.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you at the show, reach out on Twitter @nicfish and we’ll see you in Orlando!