Last week, the Sweetlets team flew to Orlando, Florida, to participate once again in the SAPPHIRE Now + ASUG annual conference. 25,000 participants were there this year, but nevertheless, clients and acquaintances spotted us immediately in the inimitable Sweetlets-orange shirts, and it was great to see them once again in person. SAPPHIRE NOW 2014 in itself was, as ever, interesting and informative, and a great way to learn about the goings-on in the world of SAP.
The buzzword at this SAPPHIRE NOW event was simplify. It was the common theme running through many keynotes and presentations, including the keynote from Bill McDermott (title: “Simplify Everything. Do Anything”), which set the tone. And related to simplicity: creating an intuitive and comfortable user experience. You might already guess what some of the specific, related catchwords were: SAP Fiori, SAPUI5, SAP HANA, cloud. Sweetlets client Scotts Miracle Gro also gave a presentation along these lines, talking about their experience with simplifying architecture while expanding capabilities on HANA. Interesting about SAP Fiori is that the package is offered free for existing SAP R/3 users, is platform-independent and enables the development of applications for multiple types of devices – to make it simple for end users and their devices and technical landscapes of choice.
While SAP HANA remains a central focus of the company, we met with our SAP Portal friends Aviad Rivlin and Shani Limor (part of the portal development team in Israel) to find about the latest portal developments. Particularly interesting for us was to hear about HANA Cloud Portal and the idea of creating business packages for this platform.
Fun & Motivation
A special keynote to kick of the event was given by Captain Chelsey Sullenberger (yes, the airline captain who made a spectacular emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of 155 passengers), who held a motivational talk about the difference you can make to the people in your team.
Plenty of entertainment was also provided to balance out the days of tech talk, including a spectacular concert withBon Jovi, and in a special keynote with former Saturday Night Live luminaries Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon and Dennis Miller, who played a special role in the presentation “Accelerating Customer Engagement through Co-Innovation: Who says enterprise software can’t be fun?”
It was a great way to close the event.
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