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Top Highlights from SAPPHIRE 2019


Top Highlights from SAPPHIRE 2019

NIMBL | May 16, 2019

A SAPPHIRE to Remember

The SAPPHIRE conference has always been the ultimate gut check; a true “look in the mirror” test to evaluate how your company has grown in the previous year. This yardstick manifests itself in a number of ways. How many presentations did your company have? How many client meetings did your sales team schedule? How much attention were you given by SAP leadership?

However, my true indicator of “success” has always been based on a much simpler metric: “Do you know who we are and what we do?” Four years ago – at SAPPHIRE – I would have put an affirmative response to that question at 20%. Two years ago, it was around 40%.

This year was different… in many ways.

This year, a majority of the attendees that we spoke with had either heard of our brand or were aware of a project that we had worked on. Not only that, but two of our presentations ranked in the top 5% in registrations and attendance, we co-hosted one of the largest events of the conference, and we had more customers presenting on our behalf than ever before.

This year was – without question – the best SAPPHIRE yet! With multiple presentations alongside customers, accepting TWO awards (Innovation Award for SF 49er’s project and Pinnacle Finalist for S/4HANA Cloud), and tons of quality meetings, the marathon known as SAPPHIRE was a whirlwind and a success.”

– Yosh Eisbart, Chief Sales Officer at NIMBL

So, my question leaving the “best SAPPHIRE yet” was, "What had changed so dramatically in just four years? How did we exponentially grow our brand recognition, achieve two major awards, and sell out multiple presentations?" The answer – just like the question, “Who are you?” – is simple as well: Relationships.

Our relationship with our partners at Syntax (formally Freudenberg IT) allowed us to help bring together the event celebration Howl at the Moon that hosted over 1500 clients, colleagues and SAP employees.  Howl at the Moon is annually considered “The Party” for SAPPHIRE attendees to unwind, mingle and network. This year was an exceptional example of that:

Howl at the Moon Party Orlando

Our relationship with valued clients like The San Francisco 49ers not only helped us to make Levi’s Stadium the first sports arena in North America with Real-time Venue Analytics, but it also led to co-presentations across the country, a webinar that brought in over 700 registrants and The SAP Innovation Award for Digital Trailblazer.

It’s been a great experience working with NIMBL. We have a very close relationship with them. Probably the closet relationship I’ve ever experienced with a consultant where they very truly want to understand our business [and] understand our needs and make sure they cater to them specifically.

– Nick Zobel, Manager of Business Intelligence and Analytics at San Francisco 49ers

Our remarkable relationship with SAP over these many years has given us the chance to align in messaging and goals, benefit from their continued support in our campaigns and sales efforts and allowed us the opportunity to present at an elite level at every major conference of the year.

Presenting in one of the main floor theaters, to an engaged audience, was truly exhilarating!  There was a great sense of pride seeing the NIMBL logo on the screen and knowing that people now see us as recognized experts in S/4HANA and S/4HANA Cloud.

- Michael Jolton VP, Core ERP Presales at NIMBL

All in all, it was a truly remarkable SAPPHIRE for our team and we look forward to strengthening the relationships we currently have while working to create new and equally valuable ones moving forward. We’ll see you back in Orlando in 2020!

Below is a quick recap of our presentations:

Going Live with S/4HANA Cloud

Cerapedics S4HANA implementation

In the most highly attended mid-market session of the conference, Cerapedics detailed how our team successfully took the orthobiologics company to S/4HANA Cloud.

Real-time Game Day Analytics

Intelligent Stadium Digital Transformation

The San Francisco 49ers took the audience through how NIMBL optimized the fan experience at Levi’s Stadium with Venue Analytics and the remarkable benefits they are now experiencing.

Simplifying Your Move to SAP S/4HANA

Simplifying your move to SAP S4HANA

Based on lessons learned from our successful migrations, Gabe Mensching and Bryan Parrot reviewed the steps your company can take now to ensure a successful migration to SAP S/4HANA.

Business Value through Solution Manager 7.2

Business Value through Solution Manager 7.2

Vision Service Providers (VSP) explained the tangible benefits experienced by the company with SAP Solution Manager 7.2 and why they chose us to perform the upgrade.


SAP in the AWS Public Cloud

Hosting SAP on AWS Public Cloud

Presenting from the SUSE Linux booth, our Chief Technologist Jon Friesen, discussed Cloud Hosting with real-world High Availability, Disaster Recovery and backup/restore strategies for SAP in Amazon Web Services.

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Written by NIMBL