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SAP FKOM: Experience Matters 2019
by Michael Johnson
SAP kicked off 2019 at their annual Field Kick Off Meeting (FKOM) for North America in Las Vegas on January 16-18th.
Over 6,000 SAP employees and Partners were in attendance to hear about SAPís theme and messaging for 2019: Experience Matters.
#ExperienceMatters is the center of everything SAP has been doing to change the digital landscape. Leveraging its five decades of expertise as an ERP company, SAP is applying all the technology, industry experience, and lessons itís learned to focus its future on the experience.
If youíve been paying attention youíve seen this transition over the last 5 years as SAPís redesigned ERP with S/4HANA, pioneered in-memory computing with the HANA database, and focusing on its Customer Experience (CX) portfolio of products in the C/4 suite (such as products formerly known as Hybris, CRM, etc).
FKOM began with the always engaging and charismatic SAP Executive Board Member Jennifer Morgan, who got the honor of unveiling the Experience Matters slogan to kick off the conference.
Experience Matters was the central theme of the keynote, the guest speakers, and every breakout session over the next few days. SAP is taking a deep self-reflective on their experiences, their customerís experience when using SAP products or services, and ultimately the experience of the end consumers.
In the digital economy the experience is the epicenter. Consumers donít purchase a product, they purchase an experience. People want a connection, to feel part of something. The experience doesnít end at the purchase, it continues as the brand, the service, the social media aspect, the entire interaction lifecycle you have with your customer.
SAPís push is to help their customers provide these experiences and connections through their 360-degree portfolio of products. Not just provide that end-customer experience, but also to allow organizations to leverage that 360-degree experience to provide insight and information that allows an organization to adjust, adapt, and improve their product and customer experience.
What really stuck out at this yearís FKOM was that for the first time, probably ever, SAP didnít mention or rely on technology or products as a focal point. There were no notable product announcements or pitches to ďgo out and sell product XĒ. SAP understands it has amassed the right toolbox of solutions to meet organizationís needs. The key now is talking to organizations, understanding their needs, the struggles, and their aspirations.
The goal is to show how SAP can exceed their needs, move organizations toward their goals, and to alleviate their struggles. That starts with listening. That starts with understanding. That starts with experience; 47 yearsí experience to be exact. Experience Matters: 2019 and beyond will see the focus of SAP and its partners on experience and helping organizations drive experiences that matter to their customers.
About the Author: Michael Johnson
Michael is Executive Vice President of Business Development with CONTAX and claims to be one of the few salespeople in the SAP industry who also does SAP config and ABAP.