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As I look out my New England window at the very slowly diminishing snow (which totals 105.7 inches in Boston so far, just 2 inches shy of the all-time record) I can’t help but turn my thoughts to a warmer, sunnier, happier place. It is time to look forward and cast aside the snow shovels, ice picks and rock salt. I must resort to the inspiring quote from Robin Williams, “Spring is nature’s way of saying Let’s Party”. And what better location and venue than the 2015 SAP SAPPHIRENOW event in Orlando, for the 3 days of May 5th-7th. I need to project myself there now and focus on what attendees will experience in less than 2 months.           

Firstly, let’s start with the location, as this will really help shake off these winter blues. The weather in Orlando in May is warm and humid; requiring one to only pack light clothes…you had me at ‘warm’. Now, let’s look at some of the benefits that you’ll enjoy during the event. In just three days, you can maximize your time by leveraging diverse points of view, experiences, and best practices – from SAP subject matter experts and other customers in your role and industry. Technology trends and solutions will be discussed, including SAP S/4HANA, the next generation business suite designed to help you run simple in a digital and networked economy. You will also see demos and be able to consult with SAP partners and solution providers that can help with your implementation. Overall, it is really the ultimate opportunity to maximize your SAP investment and find the solutions to your most pressing business challenges.   

There is also plenty of insurance-specific content which will be covered during the event. You can take a “Look into the Future of the Insurance Industry” and learn how to create a foundation that will protect your entire insurance software platform now and in the future. There’s a session on becoming a customer-centric insurer, which will explain how your company can adapt to the influence of new competitors, while at the same time delivering a great customer experience across all touch points. Another discussion will focus on how insurers can transform their underwriting and pricing with usage-based insurance, which examines opportunities for them to rethink their approach to risk management. And there’s much more.

Please check out the SAPPHIRENOW site for more details, including creating your own agenda. And you can take advantage of the early bird rate through March 17th.  Now, back to my reality of dripping icicles!