April 2013 is turning out to be “SAP Month” at EMC; Check out these events!

Looks like EMC will be painting our buildings “SAP Blue” in the months of April…and with the number of events EMC is sponsoring and speaking at SAP facilities in April, perhaps SAP should be using “EMC Blue” colors for their logo 🙂

We just came off one of the largest EBC events in the history of EMC with SAP Week at the end of February 2013. I looked at my schedule for Q2 to notice that we have a ton of SAP related events at EMC facilities as well as sponsorships at SAP events in SAP facilities coming up in April. How do we make sense of each event, when & where are they happening, and who should attend them?

SAP Technology Services Conference – April 1st-2nd at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA & April 4th-5th at SAP in Newtown Square, PA
SAP is hosting their first annual Technology Services Conference at the SAP Labs in Palo Alto on April 1st-2nd and at Newtown Square on April 4th-5th with five different tracks focused on delivering services solutions for Technical Implementation & Upgrades, IT Architecture & Content Collaboration, Cloud Platform & Virtualization, Testing Services and IT Security, Technical Integration & orchestration. EMC and VCE are co-sponsors and speakers at this SAP hosted event with our “Transforming SAP Landscapes building out Private Cloud for SAP Infrastructure” presentation. For loyal blog readers I may be able to help out with tickets ($650.00) for the 1st few that send me a note.

SAP Cloud & Virtualization Week (SAP vWeek) – April 9th-11th at SAP Labs in Palo Alto
SAP has been hosting this very popular event for many years which gives SAP customers and partners an opportunity to learn how to achieve greater business agility and TCO savings with SAP technology and solution offerings by effectively leveraging cloud and virtualization technologies. EMC is a sponsor and speakers at this SAP hosted event with a “Private Cloud for SAP” presentation.

SAP High Tech Forum, April 11, 2013 at EMC Hopkinton, MA Briefing Center
The SAP High Tech Forum is an SAP led event which happens to be hosted at EMC’s Hopkinton, MA Briefing center. At this event you will you will hear from visionary business experts and executives how the new economy is affecting IT and corner office, and how you can capitalize on those trends to innovate in your business. You will also learn how other companies are harnessing the latest technologies to power growth and profitability. EMC will have a presentation slot with Tony Pagliarulo VP of IT at EMC on “EMC’s SAP Transformation“ (Project Propel for SAP Cloud and HANA).

SAP Media Innovation Day April 11th 2013 in Universal City, CA
The SAP Media Innovation Day is an SAP led forum event hosted in Universal City for the Media and Entertainment industry. EMC is one of the main sponsors at this event and will have resources available for SAP related conversations. At this event you will learn about recent advances in SAP solutions for the media and entertainment industry, SAP’s vision for innovation, best practices for managing the emerging digital supply chain to deal with the sudden increase of digital assets sold and distributed around the world.

SAP Week events in APJ – Asia Pacific & Japan (One day customer event)
In Mid April our friends in APJ will be hosting a set of SAP Week events in the following cities:
Sydney April 11th
Melbourne April 12th
Singapore April 15th & 16th
Bangalore April 18th & 19th
Beijing April 23rd & 24th

The SAP Week concept of having top resources available on various topics and foster customer-to-customer conversations on SAP application and infrastructure topics, has proven to be valuable and has grown in popularity. SAP Week APJ will have representation and presentations from EMC, VMware, VCE and SAP. Check out our recent SAP Week Santa Clara event summary which ended up being a fun event for customers, partners and EMCers. Please contact Sheena Chen or John Clifford for further details on these events and to RSVP

SAP Week East – April 23rd-25th at EMC’s Hopkinton, MA EBC facility – (One day customer event)
End of April EMC is taking the SAP Week event concept out to our headquarters outside Boston for the first time. There has already been tremendous feedback with a large number of RSVP’s from interested SAP customers. The concept of bringing in the very best SAP subject matter experts from EMC, Cisco, VMware, VCE and SAP from around the world, with SAP customer presentations on relevant topics, EMC IT presenting our SAP transformation as it relates to Cloud and HANA as well as fostering an environment to encourage customer to customer discussions during the day and at dinner…keeps proving to be a valuable formula. Come check out SAP Week East…to learn why SAP Week in Santa Clara was the largest EBC event in the history of EMC. Ken Saul from our Global SAP Practice team is running point on this SAP Week East event and can share more details.

SAP Week EMEA – April 23rd-25th at Cork, Ireland EBC facility – (One day customer event)
My fellow Swedish friend and collogue, Joakim Zetterblad, has been putting together SAP Weeks in EMEA for a few years now out of the EMC Cork, Ireland briefing center. Just like the US events have grown in participation, I am hearing that customers have had great feedback from attending previous events including the one in June 2012. It doesn’t surprise me that Joakim and his team put on a great event, he is an incredible professional business executive with a customer first mind set. One of the keynote presenters at this year’s EMEA event is Bill Reid from EMC IT Project Propel who keeps being a highlight for customers. Please contact myself or Joakim Zetterblad for further info on this event.

Since the topic of this blog post is April being an SAP Month at EMC…I will not mention EMC World May 6th-9th in Las Vegas or EMC’s presence at SAP Sapphire May 14th-16th in Orlando, FL

In February we hit a big milestone with the SAP Week event…let’s break another record in the month of April with the most number of SAP customer engagements in one month in the history at EMC! Come to learn, collaborate and have fun with us in April. Can’t wait to write a summary of these events at the end of April 

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