(photo from klara on flickr, danke)
I’m not in Orlando this week at Sapphire, partly because I spent last week in the San Francisco and Bay Area.
The main purpose of the visit was to meet the folks at Oracle. Having competed against Oracle and PeopleSoft for much of my working life, it was more than a touch surreal entering the Redwood Shores complex. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I met a group of smart, engaged, friendly and deeply knowledgeable people. They have an interesting blog too.
I’m having something of a Hubble experience since joining Gartner. I’m realising there is a lot more going on out there in the HCM space than I did when my orbit was tethered to Planet SAP. (more on my Paris trip in another post)
In a couple of weeks I’ll be heading to back into the SAP zone, to Berlin for the European Sapphire. I’ll be looking at SAP through a new lens.
Sure, I’m interested in the goings on with Business By Design, and the business objects integration, but there are colleagues here at Gartner that will be covering that in depth, and I expect there will be lots of blog coverage too.
I’d like to talk to customers at Sapphire, and I hope to understand more about what they are actually doing with the SAP HCM products. I’m seeking evidence of ERP 6.0 traction beyond the technical upgrade. There are several potentially interesting presentations on the agenda. (The search engine on the sapphire site doesn’t work properly, so you need to dig to find them.)
I’m also very interested to look at RIA deployments in an HCM context. There are some funky funky tools out there, but I’m keen to hear about actual deployments. I’ll also wander the halls and check out what the partners are up to.
It will be excellent to meet up with old colleagues, and also to see some new ones too. I also get to go to Berlin, which as many of regular readers know, is my favourite city.