Last month, over 20,000 executives from across the globe attended SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP's annual flagship conference, in Orlando, Florida to discuss new trends, solve industry challenges and learn about SAP's latest and greatest products and solutions. Here's a brief recap of my highlights from the event.
On Monday, May 15, 1200 senior executives from more than 600 companies came together at SAP's highly anticipated Call to Lead Summit. Business leaders shared ideas about how companies can grow through their diversity and inclusion programs in this age of innovation and disruption. Creating a culture of innovation and successfully riding the digital transformation wave requires companies to ensure that their teams are as diverse as the customers they serve, and that each individual has an equal opportunity to grow and succeed.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 16 and throughout the week at SAPPHIRE NOW, we saw a new truth take hold: Software enables strategy throughout any organization. And the evidence of this lies in the fact that SAPPHIRE NOW attendees and presenters are not just leaders and members of IT organizations. Now, more than ever, end users, key decision makers and senior leaders from across business functions and industries are attending SAPPHIRE NOW to discover how they can leverage technology to evolve and enhance their business performance. I met with several of these executives, and we discussed the changes sweeping across different industries as conventional boundaries blur and new competitors emerge. Keeping pace with these changes requires us as individuals and as organizations to collaborate and form partnerships which complement and strengthen one another's strengths and capabilities.
Strong partnerships with SAP and our customers underpinned all of TCS' success this year and our best stories came to life onstage throughout SAPPHIRE NOW as our customer executives co-presented with TCS experts. Cargotec presented highlights from its successful journey to harmonize business processes following several mergers and acquisitions. Gulftainer discussed enabling its workforce and enhancing its customer service with greater mobility and real-time analytics. Toyota Material Handling presented a collaborative and unified platform, which accelerated product time to market and increased customer satisfaction. Tata Steel shared details of the operational excellence it has achieved by transforming its ERP processes with SAP S4/HANA. Some of the best discussions we had were the ones that followed these sessions, as participants deliberated on the merits of various products, services and solutions and questioned if and how they could use these learnings to drive digital transformation and positive change in their own organizations.
After four days of highly innovative, 'best in class' presentations, demonstrations and discussions, SAPPHIRE NOW closed on Thursday, May 18 on a high note, with the TCS-sponsored concert featuring a spectacular performance by the Grammy award-winning rock band Muse. With each passing year, SAPPHIRE NOW only gets bigger and better. The breadth and depth of the people we meet and the discussions we have is always evolving, and my greatest takeaways are the invaluable interactions and keen insights we gain each May in Orlando. I hope you enjoyed your SAPPHIRE NOW experience as much as I did, and Ill look forward to meeting you there next year. Until then, lets keep the conversation going.