May 15, 2012 // By: Perry Manross
“If you’re between the ages of 18 and 24, you’re more likely to have a mobile phone than a job,” said Bill McDermott in the opening of his keynote at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando. In his fast fact, the SAP co-CEO hit on two important realities in the business world: the pervasiveness of mobile technologies, as well as the economic challenges both businesses and people are facing.
Throughout his keynote, held in front of around 22,000 attendees and thousands more following online, McDermott made reference to how trends in technology can help businesses run better and improve people’s lives in a still delicate world economy.
“We can take society’s experience to a new level, a higher level of wellbeing,” he said. “You are addressing the world’s larger problems,” he addressed customers in the audience, “by using technology to lower healthcare costs, reshaping education, reinvigorating job markets and manufacturing, and reengineering social welfare programs so they can work again. It starts right here, right now, at SAPPHIRE NOW.”
Check out the SAP TV video below to get a feel for the atmosphere at the convention center in Orlando. You can watch the Bill McDermott’s keynote in full and catch up on other sessions on the SAP Virtual Events page.