09 May, 2011

Speaking at SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference 2011

Next week it is time for the biggest show in the world of SAP. Over 10,000 attendees will descend on Orlando in Florida to experience and explore the latest and greatest in SAP-based business and technical solutions and strategies. Additionally, SAP hopes to reach another 4,000 people worldwide at connected events that will receive real-time feeds or content from Orlando.

In recent years, SAP has been ramping up the use of social media during their events. So, if you are unable to attend you can still follow the event on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. SAP will even have dedicated social media reporters who will be covering specific topics. For attendees, they have also promised a snazzy mobile app (for Android, iOS and BlackBerry) which will include venue details, floor plan, searchable agenda, profiles of exhibitors, daily updates and links to the social media sites.

Now that it is less than a week away, I am starting to get excited. I am looking forward to reunite with many friends and colleagues from around the world. The event is also a unique opportunity, as a product manager, to learn about customers’ challenges and verify product hypotheses. I will also be delivering a presentation on the Tuesday at 11 am with the following abstract:

Accelerating SAP Software Transactions with SharePoint and InfoPath
In many cases, data entry into SAP software can lead to complex business processes that take up unnecessary time and resources throughout an organization. Enterprises can achieve significant cost-savings by providing alternative interfaces that simplify data entry and increase user adoption.
SharePoint's popularity with business users provides an immense opportunity for delivering SAP software transactions to the broader user base. As an integrated part of the SharePoint platform, InfoPath is a tool for creating electronic forms which can be utilized by business users to rapidly create fit-for-purpose user interfaces for SAP software.
In this session, you will learn what it takes to surface SAP software transactions in SharePoint solutions following an approach that is entirely driven by business users. In particular you will see specific examples of how a business user can utilize SharePoint, InfoPath, and Winshuttle to build alternative user interfaces for SAP software with no programming involved.

Apart from speaking at the event, I will be well busy as a booth bandit for Winshuttle. We will have eight demo stations showcasing our complete usability platform for SAP and as usual we will have some exciting new things to show, so don’t hesitate to drop by. Just look for the giant “Brushy.”

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