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APJ: FAQ for SAP Academic Conference APJ 2014, Shanghai - China, 13 - 15 March


1) What is SAP D-Code?

SAP D-code is the newest conference in SAP’s renowned event portfolio. It is an evolution of the SAP TechEd program and is designed with additional elements to attract more external developers who are new to the SAP platform, as well as internal developers and the traditional SAP TechEd audience of IT Managers and Architects, Developers, System and Database Administrators, and Security and Business Intelligence professionals.

With SAP D-code, we are expanding our approach to our acclaimed technical conference series – growing beyond SAP TechEd’s scope adding new experiences for developers, and increased opportunities for SAP customers and partners to interact and communicate with internal SAP developers and product experts and University Academics and students.

The SAP TechEd conference has always been about HOW to get things done – delivering the education and training to help customers get the most out of their SAP solutions. While SAP D-code still offers critical education and training programs on HOW to get things done, it is also a more collaborative opportunity to discuss WHAT is possible with new technologies and products.

As the name suggests, SAP D-code is about bringing together the broader SAP ecosystem – SAP and its customers, developers, and partners – to collaborate around new and emerging opportunities to “crack the code” on how best to apply technology to solve problems and deliver business results.

At SAP D-code, attendees dig deeper than ever to “decode” the thinking, the needs and drivers of thousands of SAP customers and partners. They take that insight and collaborate with SAP's internal developers. And the result is an open field for them to explore new ideas and innovative applications – figuring out both what to build and how to build it.

Please refer to the D-Code Shanghai website for more details.

2) What is SAP Early Talent?

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott said in a recent keynote speech the importance of engaging the new millennial generation. As has been a trend in recent months, McDermott chose to make his speech about the up-and-coming “greatest generation”, the millennial generation. While millennials will become about 75 percent of the world’s workforce by 2020, several leaders in the business and technology communities do not yet understand them as a consumer base, nor as a potential workforce. McDermott talked about how the technology industry must channel millennials’ passions and energies, and engage them as consumers as well as workers. “The fact is, when President Kennedy made a vision in 1961 to put a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth, that workforce of engineers had an average age of 26 years old,” McDermott said in an interview before his speech. “So I think we’re now going back to where we should have been all along, where young people with new breakthrough innovative ideas – completely unencumbered by the past – can forge our way to the future.

The SAP Early Talent Framework hence provides a consistent approach across the Early Talent lifecycle from attraction strategies to objective recruiting measures, an inspiring onboarding experience, clear role definition and associated career maps to enable successful progression and continuous mentoring to most importantly retain Early Talent in SAP to build tomorrow’s leaders today.

Watch the Early Talent video here to understand more.

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