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"Hump day" in Vegas with HR2013

by David Wisor

February 28, 2013

February 27th was another great day at HR2013. I started with a great breakfast get together with SAP Experts. I sat with a group that was talking about talent management, some using LSO, others considering SuccessFactors. I also got a chance to meet the one and only Jeremy Masters @jeremymasters and SAP Mentor Luke Marson @lukemarson. I was humbled to be in the room with other experts as well, not the least of which was Martin Gillet, who was busy taking pictures. I was also reminded that I still owe Experts another article, so I really need to get working on that-I promise I will be done soon Margaret!

Luke took some time to talk to me about the SAP Mentors program. Basically, SAP Mentors are a select group that helps both SAP and the user community. You can find out more about the mentors at SCN- scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-23155. Luke also introduced me to Fred McCloud. There are plenty of pictures of Fred at the conference, just search for #FREDMCCLOUD on Twitter.
After breakfast, it was time for a full day of sessions. Right out of the gate, I got some terrific information about Smartforms from Chris Gray of Exaserv. 
I then watched an expert panel discussion on the future of SAP ERP HCM. This session featured many of the heavyweights among our peers: Steve Bogner, Brandon Toombs, Mark Ingram, Sharon Wolf Newton, Luke Marson, Jarret Pazah anick and shutterbug Martin Gillet. For the most part, the message I got was one of "stay calm and carry on".  There did seem to be more disagreement on mobile. One thing is for certain, if the audience for this session is representative of SAP HCM in general, mobile is not being widely adapted at this point.
Next came lunch, and I just have to say that I lost another chance to win an iPad mini from Whitaker-Taylor. I have always had good luck, but that has certainly not translated itself a win at any HR conference, or the video poker machines here at the Bellagio. I still have hope-there's still a day's worth of drawings and giveaways at HR 2013 and I still have until Friday night to gamble.
In the afternoon, I sat through two sessions. First, was a review of 2013 enhancements in ERP HCM by Jean-Bernard Rolland of SAP. I have to say, I am impressed with the new look of on premise HCM, although I do think I need to start discussions with my employer about moving to the cloud.  Finally, I listened to Susan Jones and Brenda Espinoza from Tyson Foods. They talked about their time management implementation. I have to say, I really liked the approach, especially the pilot program, the time manager view, and the time rules table which allows Tyson to turn on or off various time rules by group.
I'm sad to say some issues at my employer cut my day short, but alas, that's how it goes sometimes. But I have resolved those issues and I am ready for my last full day at the conference, and my first crack at my own presentation.
Finally, I had some good news for my wife today, who asks every year, " when is your conference going to be in Orlando again?" The answer for her this time is  March 11-14, 2014. I can't wait, and neither can my wife!

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