|Editor's Note: We are pleased to include
ASUG's column - "ASUG Agenda" - as a regular
feature in the SAP Insider.
Many of our readers are, of course, familiar with the Americas' SAP
Users' Group, an independent user group for the SAP technical community
with more than 950 corporate memberships and 12,000 participants.
In this column, the group provides an update on ongoing ASUG activities.
For most organizations, the Year 2000 issue is a thing of the past.
But as is always the case when it comes to information technology-based
solutions, another issue is on the horizon. For a vast majority of SAP
customers throughout the Americas, the issue du jour is preparing to migrate
to Release 4.6 from 3.X.
Indeed, updating your ERP solution brings
with it tremendous opportunity and promise. Above all, it has the potential
to save a business thousands - in some cases, millions - of dollars through
Here at Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG),
we realize that when the topic of migrating first comes about there tend
to be more questions than answers among members of the customer community.
That's why ASUG is going through an implementation of its own. Instead
of installing R/3, ASUG is "going live" with a series of educational offerings
aimed at bringing members of the SAP community up to speed on this latest
For example, one of the many offerings
at the ASUG Annual Conference & Vendor Fair, which took place May 7-10,
in Atlanta, Georgia, was a day-long series of user-focused and user-driven
educational events covering the topic of migration. As part of this event,
which was known as the "4.6 Forum," customers who recently upgraded shared
experiences and best practices through a variety of formats. These panel
discussions and breakout sessions allowed for a unique learning environment
for all who participated.
Outside of the conference, ASUG is creating
a 4.6 repository of questions and answers, customer experiences, and other
presentations. In addition, the organization is holding regular ASUG &
SAP 4.6 Upgrade Teleconferences and Webcasts, where members can call in
and share information with one another and query representatives from
SAP. The asug.com discussion forums also provide a network of fellow SAP
customers who share their experiences to help create a learning environment.
For more information on these programs
or any others sponsored by ASUG, be sure to visit the ASUG Web site at