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SAP SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG is almost here! Chances are, that means you already have a calendar full of events you’re planning on checking out (not to mention a handful of colleagues you’re itching to meet up with). Before you fly out, here’s how to prepare to get the most out of SAPPHIRE 2016:

Setting an Itinerary for SAPPHIRE NOW

You can’t afford to figure out your agenda once you get to SAPPHIRE — there’s just too much going on. There are over 1,700 sessions, including demos, panels and interactive sessions, and that doesn’t even count in-booth vendor presentations. An itinerary will help you catch the most important events, and make the conference much less stressful.

The SAP® SAPPHIRE NOW sample agendas have some great presentations from SAP employees, organized by industry, platform and other factors. Complement these with some sessions by innovative vendors and industry experts. Symmetry SAPPHIRE NOW presentations have something for everyone — compliance, migration, security, best practices and some really interesting case studies.

Demystifying SAP Compliance Management is a must-see for anyone looking to establish a simpler, more effective compliance program. Scott Goolik, Symmetry’s Vice President of Security & Controls, explains the purpose and basic requirements of GRC, how diverse regulatory regimes like SOX, HIPAA and 21 CFR Part 11 can fit together into a unified compliance approach and the role of outside experts and software like ControlPanelGRC in maintaining an effective security and compliance program.

Karma Automotive: Takeaways from Migrating SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA® is a great case study about creating an effective SAP upgrade strategy. Symmetry Basis Consultant Nickolas McCall joins Ketan Gohil, Karma Automotive Director of ERP, to explain the ins and outs of Karma’s recent upgrade from SAP ERP Central Component 6 to the SAP S/4HANA.

Get Ready to Network

No SAP SAPPHIRE NOW checklist is complete without a list of people to meet (and swap business cards with). This year’s Keynote Presentations feature SAP luminaries like CEO Bill McDermott and founding member, Professor Hasso Plattner, as well technological pioneer Steve Wozniak, and Cirque du Soleil’s innovative Executive Creative Director of Creations, Welby Altidor.

When you’re making a list of folks to meet, don’t forget to check out the vendors. The Symmetry staff will be on hand to talk shop, answer questions and discuss IT solutions for your SAP landscape.

Schedule Some Downtime

With so much to see and do at the convention, taking a break can feel like slacking. But the truth is, you’ll do a better job of processing the information you’re taking in with some downtime, and dinner and drinks are a great way to solidify new professional connections. Here are a few of the more relaxing activities on our own SAPPHIRE NOW checklist.

  • Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse: Right inside the Orlando Hyatt Regency right across from the Orange County Convention Center, Fiorenzo is a great Italian fine dining destination for convention goers. It features everything from classic pizza and pasta dishes, to light dishes like an endive and watercress salad, to a 2o oz rib eye for hearty appetites. 9801 International Drive, 407 345 4570, Contact
  • Backstage Billiards: If you’re looking for a place to unwind over a few drinks, you can’t beat Backstage Billiards. Just three miles from the convention center, it features 22 pool tables, 7 dart boards, and daily drink specials in a fun, casual environment. Best of all, it’s open until 3:00 AM. 5656 International Drive, 407 345 0203, Contact

SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 is set to be the best one yet. With brilliant minds, innovative technologies and exciting events, SAPPHIRE is the perfect opportunity to build your skillset and give your company a professional edge.

Come see us — we can’t wait to add cutting edge insight to your Sapphire experience!

Nick McCall, Senior Basis Consultant

Nick McCall, Senior Basis Consultant

Nick McCall is a Senior 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: S/4HANA 1809/1709/1610, Fiori FES 5.0, AWS/Azure implementation, SLT, BOBJ/BODS, Solution Manager full implementations and configurations, 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.