keynote_SAPPHIRENOWSAPPHIRE NOW 2016 was one for the history books: record attendance, crazy social engagement, live streaming everything, and heavens that opened up. A lot. Can we get a little of that in California?

And SAP BusinessObjects Analytics was in the thick of things throughout.

A Rose by Any Other Name…

SAP announced updated and streamlined offerings under a single brand, SAP BusinessObjects. The press release provides an overview of the announcement, while Steve Lucas’s blog post (Modern Analytics for the Digital Age) gives insight into the rationale and SAP’s plans for revolutionizing analytics. Dallas Marks also reviews the announcements and their implications in his SCN post, State of the SAP BusinessObjects BI4 Upgrade – May 2016 (SAPPHIRE Edition).

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Reimagining Analytics…

All throughout the Digital Enterprise Platform campus, there were conversations, panel discussions, and demos focused on reimagine analytics and the possibilities it offers. One of my favorite sessions was the panel lead by Clemens Praendl, featuring Mercy Health (1st place SAP HANA Innovation Award 2016 winner), Hunt Consolidated, Cisco Systems, and ConAgra Foods. Each shared their experiences, practical guidance, and lessons learned. If you missed it, make sure to watch the replay to hear their insights.   


I also met up with several people throughout the event—including SAP customers, partners, and executives—who shared their thoughts on video. So grab a cup of coffee or a bowl of popcorn, and see what they had to say.

Digital Boardroom VR Headset 2And then there was the SAP Digital Boardroom virtual reality experience. If you didn’t run into our VR data roamers, you missed out on a fun experience!

But…if you have an Android phone and a Google Cardboard viewer, you can experience it at your home or office. Just download the app! A version for iOS devices is coming soon.


Living in the Moment…

Streaming video was at the heart of SAPPHIRE NOW this year. Not only were the keynotes streamed live, but Twitter and Facebook were hopping with Periscope and Live Chat broadcasts. Below are a few highlights:

Facebook Live Chats:

Periscope Broadcasts:

Reliving Other SAPPHIRE NOW Highlights…

It’s a Wrap…

When it comes to events, there are two things I love about social media:

  • The chance to meet in person the people I interact with daily on Twitter, etc.
  • The life that events have beyond the days they actually occur

The conversation that flows before, during, and after an event gives us access to information that we might not otherwise see if we weren’t at the event. If there’s something you’d like to make sure we cover at a future event or a type of content you’d like to see, leave a comment and let me know.