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SME Summit 2014: What Does the 2020 Workforce Mean for SMEs Today?

Published on 20 November in SAP
SAP’s fourth annual SME Summit is taking place today in New York City.


The corporate roundtable “What does the workforce in 2020 mean for next generation/SME businesses today?” begins at 9:30 a.m. EST and will be moderated by Dr. Karie Willyerd, Senior Vice President of Learning & Social Adoption at SuccessFactors, an SAP company.

Willyerd will be joined by SAP CEO and Executive Board Member Bill McDermott; Alanna Krause, co-founder of Loomio and of director Enspiral, and millennial, social entrepreneur and M-Prize winner; Meg Gill, president and co-founder, Golden Road Brewing; and Jacob Rosenbloom, CEO and co-founder, Emprego Ligado.

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Rodolpho Cardenuto Opening

See the opening presentation by Rodolpho Cardenuto, president of SAP Global Partner Operations, where he outlines the importance of SMEs and SAP’s commitment to this critical growth segment; on-premise and cloud solutions from SAP designed, priced, and packaged specifically for SMEs; and the important role that partners play.

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SAP CEO Bill McDermott joined a panel of some of SAP’s most innovative SME customers and entrepreneurs to discuss their journeys, dreams, and challenges — and how SAP has helped them realize more than they could ever have believed possible.

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News from the Event

SAP has recently issued announcements on news and developments related to its offerings for the SME segment, including:

  • Fourth SME Summit Highlights SAP’s Continued Commitment to Smaller Firms: SAP kicks off its global SME Summit in New York, the fourth in the past three years, focusing on the importance of SMEs to its long-term strategy and goals. Read the press release.
  • National Business Furniture Boosts Business through Ariba: Business commerce is hard. But with the help of Ariba, an SAP company, National Business Furniture is making it easy. And racking up results in the process. Read the press release.
  • SAP Business One, Version for SAP HANA, Now Available on Amazon Web Services: SAP recently announced the expansion of SAP-certified solutions on Amazon Web Services (AWS), including the SAP Business One application that works with and is powered by the SAP HANA platform. Read the newsbyte.
Twitter Chat

A Twitter chat  will take place today at 12:00 p.m. EST. Hosted by @SAP4SmallBiz with Brian Moran, SME social business influencer, as co-host and special guest Alanna Krause, the chat will cover the topics of social entrepreneurship, technology, millennials, and more. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SAPSMESummit.

SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA wins CRN Innovation Award at SME Summit
Accepting the award are (left to right) Robert C. Demarzo, SVP, Strategic Content, The Channel Company; Rinse Tamsma, Global Vice President, SAP Business One Sales, SAP; and Steve Gouveia, Product Manager, SAP Business One

Accepting the award are (right to left) Robert C. Demarzo, SVP, Strategic Content, The Channel Company; Rinse Tamsma, Global Vice President, SAP Business One Sales, SAP; and Steve Gouveia, Product Manager, SAP Business One

SME Timeline

See key updates for SMEs made from when the first SME Summit was held in November 2012 to today:


Additional Information

Learn more about SAP SME customers in the following fact sheets and infographics.

Infographic: A Tale of Two Companies

Fact Sheet: The Looming Talent Crisis

NBF: eProcurement Solution Expands Reach and Sales Presence

IDC InfoBrief: Sharpening the Small Business Competitive Edge

Case Studies

Participating Customers


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