By Dave Hannon
So in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s official: SAP (with some help from Deloitte) is pulling out all the stops this year to have Sting play at SAPPHIRE NOW. Sting! Not only a big name, but the kind of musician everyone can agree on. Personally, I much prefer the older Police stuff, myself. Synchronicity was one of my first cassette tapes (you can almost hear the millennials clicking over to Wikipedia to learn what a “cassette tape” is).
So today when I got in the car and heard an old-school Police tune on the local college station, it got me thinking about what the Sting set list will be like in Orlando. Who would want to hear what from the massive Gordon Sumner catalog? After some thought, here’s what I came up with:
The Sustainability group at SAP is already pulling strings to get him to play “When the World is Running Down..” and “One World (Not three)” with its catchy chorus of “One world is enough for all of us.”
You can bet the BI team will be screaming for him to play “Too Much Information” during the show.
The virtualization folks of course will want anything from the “Ghost in the Machine” album and probably Synchronicity (I and II).
Rumor has it a group of data center guys have already put in a request for “Can&
rsquo;t Stand Losing You.”
If Sting knows anything about his audience, he’ll dedicate both “King of Pain” and “Driven to Tears” to the ERP project managers in the house.
“Don’t Stand So Close to Me” is a favorite of the SAP trainers, I’ve been told, so you can expect to hear that one.
And the final encore will be a musical tribute to Hasso Plattner himself. And it the song will be….(first one to guess it correctly gets a Bit ‘o Honey bar!)