Landed at Sapphire — Dispatch One

I arrived in Orlando yesterday afternoon for SAP Sapphire and spent much of the evening catching up with my fellow Enterprise Irregulars who are also attending the event (twenty of us were planning to come). The EIs are a ragtag group of bloggers covering a whole range of enterprise areas and SAP has paid our travel costs to come to the event. For those who do not know SAP's commitment to the blogging world, you should consider that SAP not only provides strong support for external bloggers like us but also the SAP Developer's network -- an online technically oriented community. And they are now beginning to reach out to the social media business community as well through their BPX site. One page within this community is dedicated to SRM.

According to the first blog post on the site discussing Sapphire, "In the procurement arena, Sapphire is the opportunity to present the Business Suite including SRM and to discuss in detail the trends to be expected for the Q4 release of the Business Suite including SRM 7.0. The Business Suite release allows an even tighter integration of the processes in particular in the services and contract management areas. The new E-Sourcing and CLM releases are also products that we expect to be released into ramp-up early in the third quarter of this year. We’re going to be covering the events with a small series of blogs from the start of Sapphire.” And look for Spend Matters to cover the news as well. Check back early and often as I update Spend Matters throughout the day this week. And a big thanks to SAP for having us all out for another year at the Sapphire Blogger's Corner.

- Jason Busch

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