sapphire-now-in-orlando-e1462368968518The SAP® SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference isn’t just a great opportunity to learn about new developments and programs in the SAP industry. It’s also a chance to network, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and enjoy your SAPPHIRE NOW “workation” in beautiful Orlando, FL.

 

Here are four great destinations to check out when you need a break from the show floor:

 

1. – Cuba Libre: Across the street from the Orange County Convention  – enter, Cuba Libre is a perfect spot to have some local, Cuban cuisine or get your drink on after the convention. Award-winning Chef Guillermo Pernot has visited with Havana’s top chefs, honing his skills at crafting authentic, yet innovative Cuban dishes. Sample his best with an evening tasting menu, washed down with a house-made mojitos or tropical cocktails. Weekday hours are 5PM-10PM, but if you’re sticking around after the convention, dress your best and dance the night away with Tropical Fridays.

 

9101 International Drive, (407) 226-1600. Contact Cuba Libre

 

 

2. – Ming Court: Less than a mile from the Orange County Convention Center, Ming Court features a wide range of Asian food in a scenic setting. The restaurant has won dozens of awards for its innovative food and immersive experience. Take in the garden, koi pond and Chinese-style sculpture and architecture while enjoying dim sum, sushi, wok and grill dishes and home-style cuisine. The restaurant also offers group dining and entertainment options, perfect for a corporate event. Open daily for lunch from 11AM-3PM, and for dinner from 4:30PM-11:00PM.

 

9188 International Drive, (407) 351-9988. Contact Ming Court

 

 

3. – The Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival: If you’re bringing family members who need something to do during SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando’s Walt Disney World® is the perfect destination. The Epcot International Flower and Garden festival is in full swing all May, featuring a variety of garden exhibits and activities.

 

From topiaries of your kids’ favorite Disney characters to prehistoric plants, a bonsai garden and interactive play areas, there’s plenty to keep your family entertained during the conference or through the weekend. There’s also a wide range of outdoor dining options available. Note: parts of the festival require extra tickets, in addition to standard Epcot Center admissions.

 

200 Epcot Center Drive (407) 939-5277. Contact Walt Disney World

 

 

4. – SAP Concert: SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando has puts on a big concert every year, and this one is no exception, This year’s show features multiple BRIT and Grammy award-winning band Coldplay, a band with more than 80 million album sales. Shuttle transportation is provided between official conference hotels and the Amway Center, from 7:00PM-8:30PM, with return service from 10:15PM-11:00PM. Doors open at 8PM, show starts at 9PM.

 

400 West Church Street, Suite 200, (407) 440-7000. Contact Amway Center

 

 

Whether you’re excited about the cutting edge presentations, featured speakers or exciting diversions and nightlife, this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando conference might be the best yet. We can’t wait to see you there!

About Nick McCall - Basis Consultant

Nick McCall is a Basis Consultant on Symmetry's consulting team, delivering expert technical day to day system monitoring support directly to Symmetry’s valued SAP customers. Nick goes beyond performing daily database administration by also providing SAP system troubleshooting and problem solving – he is always willing to learn the latest SAP trends and advises customers to take advantage of new technologies should it fit their business needs. He pairs his sound technical knowledge with outstanding customer service. This is demonstration by his work on large customer project initiatives, most recently working on: Fiori and Gateway Implementations, Personas 3.0 Ramp-up, implementation and configuration, Solution Manager full implementations and configurations (8 systems currently configured on RHEL5/6, Windows (2008/R2, 2012), MSSQL (2008R2/2012), Oracle (11.0.2/3), domain migrations – homogeneous, database upgrades, compressions, reorgs, and much more. Nick’s skilled approach ensures Symmetry’s clients receive highly disciplined support instilled with industry best practices to keep their SAP system continuously running smoothly.